We thought that we would be staying at Rudder Cay another day with the dangling carrot of northwest winds appearing in our forecast one day away. Visions of a fabulous day scooting down the coast under sail power alone danced in our dreams. When morning came... we relaxed and made no move to go.
Until 6:30 when I got my weather report. Chris Parker wasn't on the SSB this morning. He took the holiday off. But I still have my iPad and Pocket Grib, that is usually pretty good at matching or beating Chris' forecast... So what does the oracle say? WHAT??? No northwest wind!!! And not only that, it's going to go dead on the nose tomorrow???
We were raising the mainsail and motoring out through Rudder Cay Cut just after sunrise.
|Rain on the water up ahead and coming this way!|
|Close up the windows!|
We could no longer see our friends on Mañana as they had tacked way out instead of motorsailing. We hoped they were doing fine, but since the rain just barely touched us, they probably got nothing.
|The clouds line up with the islands.|
|Perry Point. Impressive... not!|
But the winds say go, and so we go. Gotta save some things to do for next time we're in the neighborhood...
|What's that on the horizon?|
|A boat headed north. Cool spinnaker!!!|
|Looks like it will pass to port...|
|Will we get it or won't we?...|
The intermittent clouds passing overhead made reading the water a challenge... but we were following the recommended path inside so it should be fine... but you never know.
We picked a spot way out between Flip Flop beach and Monument Beach. The last time we were here, we dropped anchor near the more popular Volleyball beach and never moved. We won't be doing that this time.
The water was beautiful here and we were a good distance from any other anchored boats. And oh look... a rainbow! I guess this IS our spot!
We straightened things up, washed down the boat (after a brief shower that didn't amount to much) and were dropping the dinghy into the water when Mañana arrived. Hooray! They decided to come to GT after all! Very soon they were hailing us on the VHF with a surprise invitation to dinner! YES! We would LOVE to come for dinner!
Tom and Andrea asked us why the Black Eyed Peas... Well, I don't know!!! It's just what you DO on New Year's Day. It must be a "Southern Thing"... but all I know is that if you want luck and to live a happy life... you must eat them on this day. I don't know how Tom and Andrea have been doing it thus far, but we know we're all off to a good start, here in Georgetown!