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Free Spirit - Surfing USA

13 May 2016
Another quiet night without much wind to speak of. We're continuing to motor and eagerly anticipating hitting the gulf stream as we feel the need for speed. We're determined to make it in tonight, preferably with daylight. About 10 am we added 10 gallons of diesel to the tank from the jerry cans on the rail. We were cooking right along until about 1230 when the block on the second reef clew gave way. Fortunately we were able to quickly replace it with a spare without losing too much time. By 1400 we were surfing the gulf stream, clocking 10.9 kts speed over ground… yeehaw! The skyline of Miami is on the horizon and our excitement continues to build. We know we're making it in tonight!!!! We just missed the 1830 bridge opening, so had to circle and wait until the next opening at 1900. Made it in to Bahia Mar Marina by 1930 in time to celebrate with the ARC USA fleet. Happy dance and rum punch all around. We all get a chance to check in with the folks back home, land based showers and an opportunity for uninterrupted sleep through the night!

Andrea & Mike
SV Free Spirit

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