We have 2 cup holders near our compass head. Dave thought he would put our hand held VHF radio in one of the holders. He brought me over to watch the compass as he removed and placed the radio in the holder. It actually moved the compass by five degrees! Guess we won’t be putting the radio in that spot. We don’t have to rely on our compass, but it’s there as a backup.
We just love our days at sea. The different colors of the water always amaze us. By about 2:00, we could see land. But it would take us 3 more hours to actually anchor. At about 4:30, we caught a 2 foot mackerel. We brought it on board and wrapped it in a wet towel to let it die and to keep it until we anchored and could clean it. But we didn’t get it in the towel before it splattered fish blood on the boat and on us. I don’t know what we’d do if we caught something that was 4 feet or bigger. Other sailors have told us that the cock pit ends up being a bloody mess. We’ll give it a try if that’s what it takes. We usually wear “boat clothes” on the boat, so if we get a few blood stains, oh well.
We headed to Sail Rocks in the very northern tip of the Exumas. They are a group of small islands that don’t offer a lot of protection from strong winds. But we were expecting several nice days and thought we’d give it a try. It was beautiful! And we were the only ones there.
|no one in sight for miles|
|bait for crab|
|it's a fight between the birds and the remora|
|one for the remora|
|one for the birds|
We enjoyed our mackerel and a beautiful sunset in our cockpit in our own little paradise.