Yesterday even though I wasn't feeling well I woke up early and headed out on the Wave-runner with an eye towards going to Santa Barbara. The round trip is a little more than 60 miles and the offshore wind created combined seas. Combined seas in essence just means the ocean doesn't have any sort of linear flow, its more tumultuous and waves/swells can come from any direction. Even with small swells this makes it much more difficult to ride as there is no rhythm to be had
Only about 5 miles into the 60 mile ride it felt like it was going to be too tough to complete the entire ride so...I kept going. And going and going. It took much longer than normal as I wasn't feeling 100% and, due to the conditions, but I felt I need to complete it. Why?
This spring I am planning to attempt something that I don't think has ever been done before. I plan on taking a wave-runner from Florida, across the gulf stream and into the Bahamas. The ride, once in the Bahamas, shouldn't be too bad but the crossing of the gulf stream is about 80 miles and conditions can be rough.
In my research many boaters will wait off the coast of FL for a few days until the weather/ocean window is just right, then they cross the gulf stream. I wont have the time to wait for days for the right window so I plan on training a lot between now and then. I am hopeful that the conditions locally will be rough quite a bit on the weekends over the next few months so that I can build up my stamina and confidence as I believe this crossing will be even more mental than it will be physical.
I am currently shooting for the first week in June. I plan on doing it by boat about a month before just to map the entire route exactly and to get a sense of the conditions across the straight. As for yesterday, I completed the round trip just fine, feel better today, and don't have much soreness in my body at all. A good start.