Smooth Sailing

Distant outline of land on the horizon. Can you see it? The haze grey of the mountains as they cast a faint, dim shadow over the surface of the water and sky, clouds billowing over top of the warmer land surface. A familiar site for the US Coast Guard Mohawk, a 270' Medium Endurance Cutter on patrol in the Caribbean. One that I had the honor of serving with, back when it was one of the newest ships in the fleet. Not always a smooth ride, especially in the Florida Straits. In an instant; wind can shift, backing or veering, coming from the North East. Opposing the flow of the Gulf Stream, creating something just short of "Hell on Water". Waves rapidly rising as short period, large trough

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