Finally, January 1st 2019 and an adequate weather window to cross the gulf. There were four boats ready to leave. We had a meeting with the other boats in the morning to plan for the crossing. We determined we would leave between 2 and 4. It was a clear morning so anticipation of a clear crossing was in the forefront. However, as the day progressed, the weather deteriorated. Fog was setting in.
Ordinarily, we wouldn't have set out in fog like this, but because we were following other boats we proceeded. Needless to say it was scary. It wasn't only foggy but very rolly polly. We rocked for hours. Precipitation on the canvas made the boat wet and uncomfortable. Both Tilly and I got sick. It was a miserable (the worst yet) ride and it went on for 19 hours. Because I was sick, I wasn't much help to Tom. It is really freaky travelling in the dark...
As time went on, the fog was starting to lift and we could see the navigation lights on our buddy boats. And at one point, we could see the moon and a couple of planets.
Around 3 in the morning (January 2nd) the seas calmed. I was feeling better and able to give Tom some relief from driving. About 7am we were very close to Tarpon Springs FL. .
The sun came up and all was right with the world. I would never want to make that trip again, but once its' over you kind of forget the misery