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How to Sail Across the Gulf Stream: Florida to the Bahamas

written by Terysa April 11, 2018


For many sailors starting out on the East Coast of the USA, a cruise to the Bahamas is the ultimate goal. Tantalisingly close, the Bimini islands are only 50 miles from the Florida coast; West End in Freeport only a little farther with the added benefit of being on the doorstep of the Abacos, one of the best cruising grounds in the Bahamas. However, in order to reach these idyllic destinations, sailors must first sail across the Gulf Stream.

Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream is a north-setting current that can reach up to 5.6 miles per hour (4.8 knots). It winds its way through the Gulf of Mexico and then up the Atlantic coast of the USA. It can present quite a navigational challenge, even for experienced sailors.

In this episode, Nick explains exactly how to sail across the Gulf Stream, what type of weather window to wait for, and how to navigate the strong current.

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Henry April 12, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Did you use windy.com to find the gulf stream position?

Terysa April 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm

Yes- the picture in this post is a screenshot from windy.com. There are plenty of other resources to locate the position of the Gulf Stream though.

Mark Alston October 9, 2019 at 7:12 pm

Perfect, this was perfect !

April Dawn Peck September 15, 2020 at 1:28 am

Are there other boats you can hook up with so you can follow in a group?


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