|He's raising the mainsail... I swear!|
No... not THAT thing... get your minds out of the gutter!
We went sailing!!! Well you ALWAYS go sailing you might say. But no. We don't. We cruise. We use the boat to get from one place to another. We pound to windward or we motor because the winds are in opposition of where we want/need to go... We never just GO SAILING!!!
But today, we did! We raised sail just after raising the anchor while still in the harbour. We slowly sailed through the harbour with the engine OFF!!!
We left our anchorage at near high tide so we were able to sail right over the shallow sand bars that reach out into the harbour. We might have to take a slightly different route coming back when we will be closer to low tide.
Why are there still such big waves out there on such a light wind day???
It was lovely. The breeze was cool enough to counter the heat of the sun to perfection.
I lie there and let my mind wander. Now-a-days there are only GOOD places for my thoughts to go!
In my mind I felt like I was still 35 years old. I don't know why...
He trimmed the sails and with a slight increase in wind to about 11-12 knots, he was able to coax the boat into producing speeds in excess of six knots!
Then he turned off the autopilot and steered by hand. Another thing we almost never do!
At one point he started to sing! It was nice listening to him. It was nice to see how happy sailing made him. We should do this more often...
This is the life. We sailed on down the coast enjoying the offshore wind.
They were sparkly and awesome.
We sailed out for a while, then made one tack... Jezabelle remembers how to tack... she hopped to the cockpit and then took up her position on the other side.
I didn't want it to end.
But we had an appointment in the afternoon that we did not want to miss...
When the swells decreased, we rolled the jib and Bruce went to the bow to watch for coral and read the water for shallows.
The views here never cease to invoke feelings of awe as they are ever changing. The clouds moved through causing stark lines between shadow and glowing green colors across the spectrum.
As we neared our new anchorage we dropped the mainsail and motored the half mile to our spot near Hamburger Beach.
There's going to be a party there this afternoon and we want to be close. The fun just never stops!!!
It was the perfect ending to our truly wonderful day. Cruising life is good!
The sun set on our little party and the mozzies came out in great clouds to drive us all to our dinghies... Cruisers disappeared like magic.
It really wasn't all that difficult to get the boat ready. We don't have a lot of stuff to stow, we didn't even lift the dinghy...
Maybe it's the fact that we're always moving and when the winds are kind we take advantage of it to get somewhere...
Whatever the excuse, we vow not to let so much time go by again before we take another pleasure sail... it was just that awesome and totally recharged our mental batteries.