A stiff east wind was still blowing this morning so we decided to do some sailing. I mean why not, we do have a sail boat. Plus it was great considering we motored all the way here. We sailed south from where we anchored and enjoyed a steady beam reach. Captain Mark gave us lots of instruction on sail trim and points of sail. More of a refresher really, but very much appreciated. I think I may have those Lazy Jacks figured out now. We ducked into Honeymoon Bay and on Gun Cay (pronounced “key”) and dropped anchor for some lunch and recreation. We all jumped in with our snorkel gear and watched the rays swimming around below us.
After lunch we motored over to Cat Cay. (again pronounced, key) Kylan navigated Stray Catz through the narrow tricky passage between the two islands like a champ. We stopped in at Cat Cay to enjoy some conch fritters. While there we saw a rather large iguana who when startled jumped off the dock into the water and swam off underwater with amazing speed and finesse. I had no idea iguanas were just as capable underwater as they are on land.
We then headed back to our anchor spot under jib alone. Due to the ocean currents, we sailed just as fast under one sail back as we did with two sails on the way down.
We finally finished off our day watching the sunset on another beautiful day.
Well we finally made it across the short 52 miles from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini in the Bahamas. It only took us about 3 months considering we were ready to go shortly after we bought the boat. June 8th (my Mom’s birthday) we took advantage of a small window of weather and headed out of Ft. Lauderdale. We left the dock about 6:30 in the morning and after more than 2 hours of motoring the 5 – 7 miles down the ICW we finally made it to the Ocean. The delay was due to the draw bridge schedule. We had to sit and wait at two different bridges for a total of about 45 minutes.
Kylan with Fort Lauderdale in background
Shortly after reaching the Atlantic we were greeted by three sea turtles, but they all seem to be camera shy, because they never wait till we get the camera. We also saw lots of flying fish on our 11 hour journey across the sea. We had to motor the whole way because the winds were dead on the nose, but the seas were calm and almost flat the entire way. It was a long and boring trip, where the most of the challenge was staying out of the sun while on watch.
Captain Mark was great. He shared some of his navigational and watch keeping knowledge.
Anna is on the lookout for Bimini Island
We finally dropped anchor just before sunset about 100 yards off the beach of North Bimini Island, and Kylan and I couldn’t wait to jump in and swim in the warm Bahamian waters.
Due to weather again, we have been delayed here in Fort Lauderdale, and another big thanks to Mike and Pam for their hospitality. We were lucky to be able to celebrate Pam’s birthday with her, but we are leaving early on my Mom’s birthday and so tonight we wished her an early Happy Birthday!
Bright and early in the morning on the heals of tropical storm Andrea, we will be setting off for the Bahamas. The excitement is enchanting. Along with the allure of a beautiful tropical beach. We picked up Captain Mark today so we are ready.
I just want to say that if you don’t see any more posts after this one, well the trip probably didn’t go as planned, however, the journey has been grand. Otherwise, in the next post I will be sharing some of our dream come true stuff. This is what we have worked for, saved for, planned for, and studied for. A cruising lifestyle. Our cruising lifestyle. Which officially starts tomorrow. Okay, maybe it had officially started before this, but it just didn’t seem like it. If you know what I mean.
Anyway, wish us luck, and I can’t wait to share with you the details of our trip.