Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 24, 2015 Staniel Cay, Exumas

We left for Staniel Cay about noon.  The wind was really light, so we used the spinnaker.  It is so different to set up from our other sails, so Dave likes the practice.  Our main and jenny sails are on furlers and we set them from the cock pit.  The spinnaker is stored in a bag on the bow.  Dave has to go forward, remove it from the bag, attach the head of the sail to a halyard (line running up the mast).  Then he has to run the sheets back to the cockpit (the lines that control the sail for fullness or from side to side of the boat).  There is a “sock” that covers the sail, so that is raised from the cockpit as the sail fills with wind.  Then you set it where you want it with the jib sheets.  It is a big colorful sail, but best in light winds or if the wind is from the behind the boat. 

We passed Little Halls Pond Cay, which is owned by Johnny Depp.  I guess he fell in love with the islands after all those pirate movies.   He must not have been home because I didn’t see him wave. 

We decided to anchor at the cay just north of Staniel Cay, Big Majors Spot.  As we were anchoring, a large shark circled our boat in crystal clear water.  I guess if we swim, we’ll be able to see them coming :(

Since we can’t use our generator, we can’t make water.  And we weren’t sure if and when it would be repaired, so Dave decided to “pickle” the water maker.  If you don’t use if for a while, it keeps the lines cleaner.

Today was my dad’s birthday.  He would have been 99.  He was always adventurous and I think he is enjoying our adventure with us from a pretty good spot. 

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