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Here We Are

A New year, and new adventures! And, it doesn't disappoint!



When we finally got the weather window to leave Venice, Louisiana we headed out to the Gulf of Mexico, direction Yucatán channel, goal Panama Canal.


The passage through the Gulf of Mexico was no easy task. A 500nm trip should have taken us 4 days, but instead took us 8.


The very first day we entered the waters of the Gulf, we encountered waves upto 10 feet (3meters). The wind was what we had waited for, and weather in general. No storms or rain.

But, as the wind had shifted against the current, it created these bigger waves. Nothing we couldn't handle, but it started out a bit rougher, as the seas and waves were confused.

Seas, waves, and wind like that requires us to be harnessed in when on deck. It prevents us from getting washed off or falling off.


Well, that's what the trip started like and it pretty much continued the whole 8 days. Our first day and night got pretty rough.

That first night, we even deployed our drogue, so we could get some stability in the waves with the rocking while sleeping.


As we continued on our sailing trip across the Gulf to the Yucatán Channel, we enjoyed the occasional smoother seas, and much much warmer temperatures, and the favorable winds hung around too, for the most part.


A surprise visitor spent the night with us too, thinking he might need a break too from all the grumpy waters.



We had pods of dolphins come up and surf our bow waves and just play around us in the water! Beautiful sight!



The highlight however was a couple days in.

We came up on a sleeping sperm whale about 25 feet (7-8 m) from us. His distinctive spout blow gave him away. It shoots out forward! He was about 30-40 feet ( 9-12m) in length. It sure was a special sight!



More dolphins graced us with their presence for the next several days. Very special indeed.

We were able to identify them in one of our books, as Bridled Dolphins and Bottlenosed Dolphins.


The winds and currents once again surprised us with a change!

There are predictions, of course there are, with weather and how it changes and moves. But once in awhile, there comes an unexpected change.


So once again, opposing seas, a strong head current, and this time, winds from the wrong direction 🥴

Waves up to 15 feet this time, and very confused seas!


As it's the journey that matters, and not the destination, Cancun Mexico, was only 30nm away (55km) and, we pulled in!

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inabobina2
2023年1月17日

Not favorable conditions AT ALL, but am LOVING all the FABULOUS sea creatures visiting u❣️❣️ LOVING all the pix & videos!😍😍 Wishing quick paperwork in MEX!!🤞🏻🤞🏻⛵️🥰

いいね!

alaskanhatch101
alaskanhatch101
2023年1月16日

When I saw how little daily progress you were making, I couldn’t help thinking “It must be rough out there!”

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svglaciergem
svglaciergem
2023年1月16日
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It was! And, we think our shaft is bent 🥴 how are you guys doing?

いいね!

ewhealon362
ewhealon362
2023年1月14日

We check on your position every morning. Glad to see you made it across the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful photos of the boat and dolphins WOW.

いいね!
svglaciergem
svglaciergem
2023年1月16日
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Thank you!! It was a rough crossing for sure. Now the MEX formalities are testing our endurance! It should take about three days!

いいね!

Stanislav Repa
2023年1月14日

Well written with nice photos. Glad to know you are well and in warm area..Safe sailing!!

いいね!
svglaciergem
svglaciergem
2023年1月14日
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Aww, Dankeschön 🥰😘alles gut ❤️

いいね!
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