Getting from Galveston to Key West isn't all puppy dogs and sunshine. The wind doesn't typically blow in your favor, and due to geology and the current the wave motion isn't particularly fun either. And, of course, you have to choose your weather window wisely. Currently, it's pouring outside, with rivulets of water running across the hatch. We were planning on heading out tomorrow, but we'll see.
Because the Gulf can be such a daunting proposition and it's our first offshore crossing, I asked some of the lovely ladies of this sailing group I belong to about what we should do to prepare. Here are their words of wisdom:
- Prepare meals ahead of time and bring lots of snacks, including ginger snaps for queasiness.
- Get plenty of sleep! Thankfully, my older brother David is coming with us on the first crossing, so we should have a decent watch schedule.
- Bring hot chocolate. Mmmm, hot chocolate.
- Pack spare sheets and clothes in big zip locks so that you always have something dry.
- Have an amazing time!
We are going to implement all of these suggestions on our cruise, and especially the last one. Does anyone else have thoughts or advice?