miami to nassau

Mission Panamania, Operation: Miami to Nassau

Our first year of sailing we managed to rack up over 3000 nautical miles bumming around south Florida and the Bahamas.  It was a year filled with learning how to sail, maintaining our boat and getting in the groove of our new life afloat.

But, it’s time to take off our training wheels.  We’re still newbies at best but if we want to grow up to be world exploring sailors, this is where it starts.

There are well over 1200 nautical miles between our anchorage in Miami and our hurricane hideout territory below the 12th Parallel in Central and South America.  Our goal is to be in Panama by August 1st.  That gives us 17 days to wind our way through the Bahamas and cut between Haiti and Cuba as we make a beeline for Panama.

We have a rough idea of what our route will look like but we’re on mother nature’s schedule now.  We will surrender all plans over to her, go where the wind blows and be patient when it does not.

sailing Miami to panama

We’ve crossed the gulf stream twice now.  Our first crossing was exciting because it was the first time we had ever lost sight of land and truly been out at sea.  We waited for our weather window and mother nature rewarded us with mild seas and dolphin escorts as we crossed over into Bahamian waters.  Our second crossing was headed back to Florida with seas so calm, we couldn’t even tell we were in the stream!

Here we go for another round of exciting firsts as we take on the gulf stream for the 3rd time.  Join us, and the new Curiosity crew, for part one of what we are calling Mission Panamania.

So far so good!  We have zero complaints about the first leg of our journey.  Clear blue waters, fresh fish and can do salty attitudes, what’s not to be happy about.  It feels sooo good to be moving again, we almost didn’t want to stop.

We’re all getting in the groove of our shifts and we’ve got a boat load of new gadgets to program and play with.  Plus, Dale and Justin are both new to sailing so there’s a lot of learning going on through each shift.  They are both like sponges and are learning quick!

We’ve broken the shifts up between the girls and the boys.  Us girls are on watch from 12-3 and 6-9 both am and pm.  It’s working out nicely as we all get to watch sunrise and sunset together as well as eat meals together.

Overall, it’s been a fun start and all crew members are getting along like peanut butter and jelly.  Everyone is pitching in and doing their part, we each feel like we have enough space and time to ourselves, and the cats haven’t tried to toss anyone overboard.  Granted, we’re only a few days in, so I will hold all final thoughts until we reach Panama in one piece. 😉

Curiosity Crew

Wondering who Dale and Justin are and how they became part of the crew?  They are our first Patreon crew members to join us from our crew call we placed earlier this year.

Sailing Report

sailing to nassau

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  • Dates: July 14 – 17, 2017
  • Nautical Miles Sailed: 235
  • Anchorage:  Old Fort Bay.  Anchorage can be found easily on Active Captain.
  • Cell & WiFi: Our BTC cell phone signal was good.

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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (13)

  • Grandma wishes we were all with you having the good time you all are having. She said she would be in charge of the cats and you all could take care of the boat. She misses you both says you have changed in the long time you have been away. She said you look like your mother, Jason. Ha ha!! She says she has gotten much older – 86 this year. She prays that you all are safe. 🙂

    LOVE YOU!!! Grandma

  • Gerald B

    Hey guys. Everything OK? Curiosity’s been parked at the airport for a few days. Swapping crew? No emergencies we’re hoping.

  • Donald Hatland

    The alcohol stuns the fish instead of having to knock it out. More humane getting it drunk instead of beating it.

  • Deborah Kerr

    Great teamwork on that 1st fish!! I never heard of marinating it with alcohol while still alive – haha 🙂 Great video of ” a day in the life of the sailors…” – looks like fun! Looking forward to the sights and atmosphere/culture as you sail south past Cuba – will the sea be as pretty blue as it is in the Caribbean? Will there be different types of fish to catch?? Oh my, those non-Tuesday Tacos looked awesome good!! Keep smiling 🙂

  • Don Hatland

    Pretty slick knocking the fish out with alcohol, as long as it is cheap alcohol. Do not want to use the good stuff.

  • Tev

    So excited to see you are on your way and anxiously waiting for your blogs each week. SOOO glad you have a fisherman on board but you need deep sea fishing equipment!! Ha ha ha Bet that dolphin was delicious. Safe travels.

  • AlainCh

    You need to update “your boat – Meet Curiosity ” and “your dinghy -Sailboat Dinghy Swap” for us…
    we need to know the upgrades in details !!!!

    just checked, old boats specs ! heheh

    Stay dry, make a good life !

  • Pat Parker

    Absolutely wonderful sharing in your adventure. Look forward to each and every video

  • boyd

    What did you squirt on the mahi?

  • Judy

    Are kitty cats still part of your crew. Can’t remember when last you mentioned them.

  • Lisa Bee

    What did you squirt out of the red bottle for the Mahi?

  • Jim Deatsch

    Jason, “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for”.


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