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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. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="405"] Lauren Miller and I (Rosa Linda Román) bringing last minute provisions to the s/v Dawn Treader before we leave Florida.[/caption] 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…

T-minus 18 Hours: Sailing From Florida to the Bahamas & Beyond

Sometime after midnight tonight, unless the weather changes, we will be leaving sight of the shore. In the run up to this launch I have tried to reach out to all of my kids’ teachers and coaches and as many of our family and friends as possible. We took trips to Tucson and Phoenix, Sequim and Spokane, Chicago, Miami, Puerto Rico and several other places in the past few months. But the reality is, as I am in the thick of trying to prep the boat while also leaving wide berth for the big emotions swirling around among the Dawn…

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