New Years Eve day we are on passage from the Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. We anticipate the 300 nautical mile voyage will take two to two and half days depending on the strength and direction of the Gulf Stream current and the cooperation of the wind. We carefully chose our weather window to avoid strong easterly winds that can make the Gulf Stream crossing dangerous. So far the wind is so light that we are mostly motoring, although we do have the sails up as we head South across the Gulf Steam toward the Cuban coast. Once about fifteen miles from the Cuban coast we hope to pick up a counter current that will give us a boost toward Mexico.
Since we are currently on passage a midnight local time New Years toast didn't make sense. So we decided on a "Universal Coordinated Time" UTC New Years toast at a more convenient time close to local sunset. So we rang in the new year as we watched the sunset in it's New Years/Five o' clock somewhere fashion and a nice bottle of Champagne. The weather was perfect for a Green Flash phenomena and so a nice bright green flash served to ring in our new year.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
David & Kathy
23*45'N 83*39'W 00:56UTC 1/1/2009
PS Fishing is awesome with fresh grilled Mahi Mahi for lunch, Little Tunny sushi appetizers and Cero Mackerel pasta for dinner.
Universal Time New Years Celebration