Last post and before the bar call distracted me I promised to talk about dancing elephants. Some of you have already heard this.
Crossing the Gulf Stream, or any other strong tidal current, there is a rule of thumb to gauge the weather: elephants.
As you leave North America (in the case of the gulf stream) you watch the horizon. In good conditions you see a parade of dogs and cats marching nose to tail.
In moderate conditions you see a line of horses marching and in challenging conditions you get a regular Circus parade of Elephants marching across the horizon.
If the elephants are dancing you do one thing: turn tail and run like hell for the mainland.
It does not matter what the forecast says or what the buoy report says, just get out while your breakfast is still in your stomach.