Crossing to The Bahamas – West Palm Beach to Great Sale Cay
It was just like every departure I can remember; beginning with a hurried, flurry of activity, then last-minute marriage-testing stress, then launch, then excitement, then post-traumatic emotional meltdown and finally, a moment of calm and a great sense of accomplishment.
At 4:15 in the morning on December 7th, 2017 the Dawn Treader left her familiar slip at Riviera Beach Marina and headed past Peanut Island to the Lake Worth Inlet and out to sea.
The crew consists of:
Captain & Doctor Nathan Goldfein
1st mate & Documentarian, Rosa Linda Román (that’s me!)
Assistant Rigger & Assistant Chef, 12 year old Ahava
Assistant Engineer & Assistant Mechanic, 10 year old Ziva
Safety Systems Integrity Tester & Scientist, 7 year old Samuel
Nanny, Chef & General Sanity Saver, Lauren Miller
Head of Security & Advanced Warning System, 1 year old German Shepherd, Nala
As the Dawn Treader motored hour after hour across the inky Atlantic Ocean a golden moon lit the way. Seas were calm for the crossing, with just a light breeze. Because light can play tricks on you on the water at night, making it hard to tell if a light is a mile or 100 miles away, we relied on our automatic identification system or AIS and radar to notify us of any ships that might cross our path. Other than the occasional tanker and cruise ship traffic was light.
One of my favorite ways to share our sailing journey is an app called Farkwar. It gives people a way to follow our boat and gives me an easy way to write quick updates on the Dawn Treader. I haven’t yet figured out how to update it at sea, which you can do somehow, but at least I can post occasional updates when we are in WiFi range.
Here are a few of the entries I wrote on this crossing:
December 7, 2017, 5:53am – s/v Dawn Treader and her crew launched from Riviera Beach Marina around 415 this morning, heading toward Memory Rock in the Bahamas as our first stop. Our crew includes Captain (& Doctor) Nathan, our 3 kids and Lauren our new nanny. I (Rosa Linda) will do my best to share updates with everyone here on Farkwar and on my Facebook Page, New Mexicast. Excited to start this new adventure!
Little Sale Cay, Bahamas – December 7, 2017 – After leaving Riviera Beach Marina around 4:15am we made a lovely night crossing to Memory Rock, Bahamas. Captain Nathan did most of the night watch on the crossing so I could try to get a handle on the chaos inside the boat (last minute groceries, Costco supplies, etc. still needed to be put away). Eventually I took the helm and watched a majestic sunrise over the ocean while he caught a cat nap. By the time we arrived at Little Sale Cay around 6:30pm he and I were totally spent. Gratefully, Miss Lauren, our new Nanny got enough sleep to be functional and she handled the kids after we collapsed with exhaustion. It was such a lovely evening at that anchorage that Lauren and the girls spent the night on the trampoline under the stars. What a great start to this excellent adventure!
Next stop was Green Turtle Cay where we checked in to Customs. But that will have to be a Post for another day.
Fair winds and following seas!
Rosa Linda Román
& the crew of the s/v Dawn Treader