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Bahamas Cruising A sailor’s lament at a failed attempt! By Fred Braman

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ever a long-distance, blue water sailor—except on aircraft carriers—I’ve owned and operated cruising sailboats for 35 years, crossing the Gulf Stream 18 times during my travels. Yet, when faced with a high stress situation, I didn’t sort out all the factors correctly, although the next morning it was very clear to me what had happened. Regardless, I had to make decisions at the time, when it wasn’t clear. Here is my story. I was planning to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas from Florida’s central east coast. Solo, I started from my home port near Jacksonville and headed down the ICW to pick up crew and head for our departure point further south. I was on Rhombus, my Catalina 30, which I have taken on many trips in the southeast, including

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...