It was a great overnight crossing from Carabelle to Anclote Key (just outside Tarpon Springs). Those that have heard me talk about it know that crossings (out of sight of land and include overnights) are my least favorite part of cruising. Staying up all night, sea sickness, the dark, the cold, the wind and a wide awake kid the next day all make me dread the longer runs. Aside from the cold, this one was very smooth. The weather window forecasted for 1-2 foot seas and relatively light winds and it actually held true! Ken even cooked a hot dinner while we were underway, that's how smooth the seas were. We also had a third adult aboard, our friend Christopher, which helped break up the night watches nicely - we each only had one 3-hour watch. Our new auto-pilot was working beautifully so we didn't have to sit at and hold the wheel during our watches, allowing me to hide from the wind. The winds were constant and from the same direction all night so the sails were set and didn't need adjusting. It all combined for a beautiful clear night with amazing stars and no motor.
We made it in to Anclote Key well before dark Tuesday with some dolphins leading us in. I posted a short video on Instagram (at Aquavidasail). We also enjoyed a visit from the crew aboard SV (sailing vessel) Saol Nua who we met in Carrabelle and started the crossing a couple hours before we did.
Now we are hunkered down and anchored in Gulfport, FL (near St. Pete) waiting for some rough weather to come through tonight and tomorrow. We hope to move on to Sarasota Saturday.