You would think that we get in plenty of sailing, what… with living on a sailboat and all… But this is not the case. Can you ever really get enough sailing??? No.
Bruce worked hard to give us a comfortable ride with double reefed mainsail and staysail… but the racer in him wanted more speed… all morning long he tweaked and trimmed, then took the wheel and actually steered the boat, instead of letting the autopilot do it. We were sailing!
Eventually he shook out a reef and got us going a little bit faster, added to that was the fact that we broke free of the wind shadow from Virgin Gorda, our speed was nice and our ride was smooth!
|Must make sure our Princess is comfortable...|
Big upwind tacks followed by a downwind sleigh ride! What a day!
But just after we got the hook down, AU2 hailed us and we decided to move to Lee Bay, Great Camanoe to avoid the swell… Less than an hour later the sails were once again providing us with a magic carpet ride… this time, downwind!
I experienced my usual anxiety about getting a good spot as I saw a catamaran bearing down on us… I pushed the engine a little more, and hugged the coast to shorten our distance until I was sure that the catamaran was headed elsewhere… In the end, there was only one boat anchored in the cove… pretty much where my marked spot is… but there’s plenty of room.
|Rounding the corner for the final stretch!|
|The catamaran went the other way... plenty of room for all!|
So are we going to climb up to our cave again? Let’s go! We picked our way across the rocks that once again, looked much bigger when we got over there… It was like being a Barbie doll crossing a child’s floor strewn with toys!
The sun came out and we began to get sweaty… whoa, wait! I looked up to the cave and then back at Bruce. Do we really need to do this again? We’ve been there… and it’s getting hot… Maybe we can just rest on our laurels and skip it! Bruce really didn’t want to do all of this strenuous stuff anyway so he was easy to convince.
|Water rushes in...|
|I KNEW there was a sliver of beach over here!!!|