Beating Against The Stream To Enter Cuban Waters
We had as easy of a crossing as any sailor could desire. (Thank you, Poseidon)
We left the Dry Rocks at 1730 on January 20 under 12 kts of wind from SSE, 3' wave heights and clear skies. Under sail (and motor) we forged against the Straights. We all know that the Gulf Stream is powerful, but crossing it and feeling it
are another matter. We had a direct course set via the chart plotter for the Marina Hemingway Channel enterance and for the better part of our 19 hour voyage, the autopilot was correcting itself about 7° to starboard to keep us on our westerly track against the easterly flowing Stream.
All went swimmingly aside from a 1:30am on deck hiccup that brought Joel to the roller furler to uncoil the line that slipped and was making it impossible to bring in the genoa.
We made landfall around 1230 and the Cuban Guarda was ready to welcome us.