Well, our favorable southwest winds have been removed from the forecast. However 50% of the forecast content has changed over the last three days as the approaching cold front wobbles its way here and loses energy in the process. The predicted seas Tuesday were acceptable with a SWly to put wind in the sails, but now since all three days will require us to motor (the average heading because of current crab is 270° even though the course is 297°) the lower wind velocities and swell Wednesday and Thursday look more attractive. And of course we want to arrive at Fort Pierce on a flood tide this year without having to linger offshore waiting for slack water. So Wednesday may be a better choice (if the weather forecast holds).
All told it is a 13-15 hour trip from Mangrove Cay to Fort Pierce so arriving at 1700 or later means rising at 0400 like last year to arrive between 1700 and 1900 with sunset at ~2000. 0400 is an unfriendly hour, and this year the moon will be but a sliver. It will be dark.
TUESDAY, 7 May: WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS.
SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET.
SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
FORT PIERCE FLOOD FROM 1554 TO 2209 MAX 3.7KTS
WEDNESDAY, 8 May: WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS DIMINISHING TO 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON.
SEAS 4 FEET.
FORT PIERCE FLOOD FROM 1635 TO 2255 MAX 3.6KTS
THURSDAY, 9 May: WEST WINDS 5 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET
FORT PIERCE FLOOD FROM 1714 TO 2338 MAX 3.4KTS