We stayed another night at Tahiti beach because Travis and Mary and the girls liked it there.We were surrounded by noisy, light-polluting charter catarmarans.I hated it.
December 28, 2015
We sailed, with Seahorse, south to Lynnyard Cay, where we found our first very nice, remote anchorage in clear, swimming-pool blue waters.On the sail here the car that holds the mainsail to the boom flew off the end, not for the first time, and the part that keeps it on the boom broke off.Ryan repaired it.
On the way here, we caught a fish: a Horse-Eyed Jack.I made tacos with it.Very lovely.We made water today.
Lynnyard Cay is a long, thin island with some pleasant anchorages and a only a few houses.We anchored off a small beach that had a white picnic table and some plywood tables nailed into trees, also a broken-down platform with a ratty mattress on it, exposed to the rain.We followed a trail from this beach to the ocean side and spent hours walking there.I found a lot of small sea-sponges that had washed ashore, and made two leis to adorn our dodger.I also found an interesting salmon-colored, round float with the words, “Rosendahl, Bergen, Norway,” imprinted on it.
I am feeling a little bit better, but still a bit sick to my stomach and weak.
Photos and videos from our trip down to the Abacos.
Here are a few shots of Sophia from our initial journey down to the Bahamas. For a description of some exciting times during that passage, check out “The Passage.” If you’re interested in checking out the boat down below, go to “Sophia Down Below.”
Here’s a video I shot on the second day of the passage:
Travis, Skipper of Seahorse, and Ryan, Skipper of Sophia, conferring about the next destination.
Ryan read my description of our passage–my first, his sixth or seventh–and said I way over exaggerated the drama. “But I told a good story!” I protested. Here is what he has to say about it:
There is nothing about this boat that is poorly maintained or ill-equipped. Things do happen when out sailing — even to well found vessels. Anyone who thinks otherwise is not realistic. This was one of the best passages I have ever done. The weather was mostly good and we sailed practically the whole thing on one tack. It got a little windy at times but the boat handled it beautifully. It was a great passage.
One of the many good things about cruising is the opportunity to meet and make new friends. As our readers know already, we made the passage to the Abacos with Seahorse, a 43-foot Bruce Roberts. The boat is beautiful, like its people. Mary and Travis brought their good friend, Donny, who also happens to be the broker who helped them find and buy their vessel. Seahorse’s layout is complete different from ours, much more spacious but also more compartmentalized. Sophia was built for occasional short journeys, weekend cruises, while Seahorse was designed as a liveaboard cruiser, sturdy enough to travel anywhere on the planet.
I’m not complaining about our boat, not at all. Sophia is just the right size, and the absolute perfect craft for our needs. She reminds me of the Erikson 39 I grew up on in Santa Barbara. We’re very happy.
But we’re especially pleased to have made these new friends, who are so knowledgeable about all manner of things, and friendly and good-natured. All three of them are outdoorsy people (as you might expect among those who are up for a 500 mile journey on the Atlantic Ocean, 250 or more miles out to sea), and quite athletic.
Today Ryan and I even got up on the Lyra, an arial hoop that hangs from the spinnaker pole. You get up into it and do acrobatic things, and you feel like you’re ten years old again, playing on the monkey bars. And if you fall, no problem! You drop into the water!!!