1.17.2010

Sailing the Florida Key - Marathon to Indian Key , Sunday January 17, 2010

We are at anchor the third night of our journey. N24 51.999 W80 41.671 This is near the lower matacombe key and the indian key anchorage. We are 261 miles into our journey and looking for a favorable weather window to cross the gulf strean to the bahama islands. So we are working our way closer as we sail up the Hawk Channel in protected waters. We had a few hours of rain today with a major wind shift due to a passing low pressure weather system. All systems are working well with minor adjustments. We anchored at Boot Key near Marathon, FL last night after a 36 hour sail from St Petersburg. The nights were cold. Days were pleasant. We plan to sail to Key Biscayne tomorrow and anchor at No Name harbor and wait for favorable weather to cross the gulf stream. This ancorage is rock'n and roll'n tonight. Mainly due to the earlier wind shift from the south to the west. We are in the lea of the key with a west wind but still being tossed by the south swells that have not settled.

All is well>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Capt Don Montgomery