Key Largo Florida to Grand Bahama

We left Rodriguez Key just off of Key Largo Florida on Tuesday 1-19-10. We had a great anchorage there and were fully rested for our first gulf stream crossing. Winds were forecast out of the west clocking to the north by 4 am the next morning. We know that crossing the gulf in north winds can be rough but the winds were forecast to be light with waves no more than 3-4. After we crossed the reef at Key Largo we steered a course of 052 degrees magnetic straight to Port Lucaya in Grand Bahama. Lana's post documents the events and conditions with photos. Here are the technical details. Arrival at Port Lucaya, Grand Bahamas 2:45PM. Total trip miles, 421 nm. Miles this segment, 135 nm. Total fuel consumed this segment 13.5 gal. Total time 23 hours. We are at N 26 - 31.097 W 078 - 38.187 The Marina is Grand Bahama Yacht Club. It is a private gated yachting community. It was a great deal. $1.40 per ft per night with a 40 ft minimum. Pay for 2 nights and 3rd night free. Free wifi, free water taxi to and from dinner and errands, pool, laundry, nice showers, we highly recommend this marina. Note: no fuel at this location at this time. We cleared customs at Port Lucaya Marina and topped the fuel tanks, $3.69 a gallon. Customs and immigration was a breeze and the people were a joy to deal with. This is low season for this island and it is like we have the whole place to ourselves. We will depart on Saturday....more later.