The winds dropped throughout our third day enroute from the Bahamas to Chesapeake Bay. By 18:00 (6 p.m.) the sea was so flat that the flying fish were leaving wakes on the water. A warbler, far from land, circled Elizabeth Jean and finally landed to rest. Amidst the calm, we assessed our own progress. At 30 degrees North latitude, we were off the Florida-Georgia border. At this latitude, the Florida Current, unconstrained by the Bahamas to the east meanders creating south flowing counter currents along the Gulf Stream’s eastern boundary. For the last eighteen hours, while enjoying the relative quiet, a 1.5 knot counter-current had been silently slowing our progress. We headed Elizabeth Jean west to return to the favorable Gulf Stream.
Photo credit: Luther Bailey