December 21, 2010.
We pulled the hook, raised the mainsail and headed east out of Nassau Harbor. As soon as we cleared the harbor the genoa was out and trimmed and then the engine was off.
We were treated to a very special day of sailing. The wind was lightly blowing over our left shoulder for the better part of the day. It was pleasant downwind sailing in a light breeze. Our speed was anywhere from 3.5 to 6.5 knots over the course of the day. As per usual our traveling companions motorsailed over the horizon and arrived at Shroud Cay 3 hours before we did.
I’m not sure how they spent those extra moments but I know how we spent ours. Without the drone of the engine we listened as the IPOD did its thing. It was the first time in months and months and months and months and months and months and months without having somebody following 200 feet directly behind us so we engaged in a bit of sunbathing. Sailboats dotted the horizon all around us and made for a spectacular backdrop. Crystal clear water, Rover driving, bright sun and a cool breeze made for a very special day.
The forecast is for very little wind in the morning so while everyone else heads wherever, we’ll stay and explore a bit. In the afternoon when the breeze builds we’ll move 20 miles or so south where we’ll stay for a few days and maybe even do some spearfishing. I can’t freaking wait.