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Sailors Cross the Gulf Stream for the First Time — Expressing the Joy & Excitement of Accomplishment (SOUTHWINDS received this e-mail and found it so personal and admirable that we reprint it here with permission from these sailors— perhaps to act as inspiration to others who might dream of venturing out, but are apprehensive in letting the dock lines go.)

WELL, WE DID IT! We have been

gentlemen who aren’t as excited about sailing the open ocean as their trying for at least three years to sail other halves. It has taken me a numto the Bahamas. We left Burnt Store ber of years to get used to being on Marina in Punta Gorda, FL, around the water, but I am slowly warming 2:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. We up to it. Now if I can just get IN the went through Marathon on Saturday water—that would be a MAJOR about 1:30-ish on Saturday (sorry, Capt. Jim, no time to stop this trip). Entered the Gulf Stream around midnight-ish on Saturday/Sunday and arrived in Bimini around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The stream wasn’t too bad either, but I still got a little sick even using the Sturgeron pills. I have to admit I was very nervous about going across. You hear so many horrible stories about boats in the stream and the rough seas they encounter. We actually only had a few hours of uncomfortable seas. And believe me, that is very important to this chicken of the sea! All in all, it wasn’t really that bad. I am saying this for Why Knot at anchor at Gun Cay in the Bahamas. the benefit of those ladies and Photo by Anita Lockamy.

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breakthrough!! When the rain stops and we get the chance to take pictures, I will post some to the IP photos on our Web site. Till later ... Anita (not quite full-time cruisers, but working on it!) S/V Why Knot Island Packet 37 Anita Lockamy and her partner (husband on occasion) Bill Brewer, have been together 20 years April 2008. They live in Austin, TX, and their boat, a 1995 Island Packet 37, lives at Burnt Store Marine in Punta Gorda, FL. They have owned it since 2001. Anita says that Bill is the sailor in the family. Next year they hope to retire and sail full time. You may view photos of their boat at www.islandpacketphotos.com and type in “Why Knot” in the search line.

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