Marquesas to Dry Tortugas

The Marquesas Keys are very remote and primitive. The waters are shallow with a shifting sand bottom. Being to science guy that I am, I did some research on the Marquesas and found that they form the only “Atoll” in the caribbean. During the Prozoic (?) Era, they formed a beach resort for the creepy crawly creatures of the time. Our sail from the southwest side near Moody harbor was rocky and rolly. The wind was 10-15 out of the east, blowing right down Hawkes Channel off of the gulf stream. The wind and waves were not complimentary to each other, meaning, waves to big, wind to little. Additionally the wind was directly behind us, so I could fight with a wing/wing sail or drop the main and run under jib alone. The jib alone was the most comfortable and least hassle. One of the things I noticed was the amount of current that ran along the area known as the “Quicksands”. It was much more pronounced than I had expected and I can see why the depths and sand bars are always moving and therefore are not accuratly charted. We arrived at Fort Jefferson late in the day (6:30ish) and chose an anchoring spot that seemed best for our boat. In retrospect, it may not have been the best choice.

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