over the bounding, choppy, always-a-PITA Gulf of Mexico.
I've never had a completely swell time on or crossing the GoM and my last time, with the family in 2005, was pretty much the worst ever, post-Katrina, post-Rita, and pre-Wilma.
However, prelimiary word from the surveyor on my pal Bob's (potential) boat is very positive, so it looks like I'll be flying to New Orleans so we can fly to Miami and sail Gort back to New Orleans, right past the idyllic Florida Keys and straight out across the middle of the fucking GoM!
On the good side, the theoretical typical weather for early July is for winds of 10~15 from the Southeast(ish) and waves of 3~4 ft.
Idyllic. Perfect for a scoot from the Northwest passage at Key West to the Gulfport fairway, leading to the ICW to New Orleans. (No Mister GO for us!)
What are the odds? (When's the last time your weatherman was accurate?)
Like the man said, hope for the best but plan for the worst. Honestly, I'm expecting at least one day of winds at 30G45 (inevitably from the "wrong" direction) and seas of 8~10 ft. The GoM is a treacherous maneater. That's why gawd invented the 406 EPIRB.
On the very excellent side, this will be the sail Bob and I should have had together thirty years ago or, at least, three years ago. No matter the weather, it'll be an exquisite adventure. Plus, for Bob, it will include his son, Tim, as our third crewmember. That'll be a wonderful bonding experience.
Look for more details as things progress. I expect to arrive in Miami on July 1 and set sail within a day or two of arrival.