Ready to head across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas, but first must wait for a favorable weather window. With Ethan on board, we want to be as safe as possible, plus provide a comfortable sail for all crew.
How do we know when to leave Florida? We use our new Iridium Go! through PredictWind. PredictWind’s Offshore Forecasting models will give us a view of the weather a week out.
These are GRIB files that are slowly download through our Iridium GO! and allow us to view multiple relevant forecasts such as wind speed and direction, ocean swells, air temperatures, fronts and systems, departure planning, currents, etc.
Above is a screenshot showing a sample forecast model from PredictWind. We downloaded the area including Ft. Lauderdale, FL and the West End on Grand Bahama Island.
So far, we are enjoying this weather tool and find it helpful. This is the time of the year where weather fronts are hitting the Bahamas frequently, so you don’t want to be caught out anchoring on a lee shore when a nasty system hits. For my non-sailing friends, this means that you do not want to be anchored in shallow waters on the wrong side of an island, where sudden high winds may very well send your boat up on a reef. This is very bad, so we want to be aware of the weather at all times.
Will let you know when we leave. I have added a map link on a new Menu page, titled, “Where we Are,” and hope to figure out how to actually embed a map on that page. Meanwhile, I hope you will come along for a short ride off the coast of Florida: