Monday, March 27, 2017
We left Marathon yesterday morning, happy that we were able to get out of the marina without hitting anything. It involved some pretty tight maneuvering. We set out on a SE course to reach the GulfStream and take advantage of the current. Once we got there we found seas of 6' with 5 second periods. Really uncomfortable! In fact, I got seasick for the first time on this trip. I hadn't taken any medication before we left and, by the time I did, it was too late. George steered back closer to land and we spent the rest of the day sailing in Hawk Channel, inside the reefs. That made a huge difference! Seas were 1' or less. We had to tack the last few hours but we had the time so we chose to sail instead of motor. We anchored on the south side of Rodriguez Key, one of the only anchorages between Miami and Marathon that is deep enough for sailboats. Because of its orientation it doesn't offer much protection from easterly winds but it does offer protection from the surge. We had a surprisingly comfortable night.