02/15/07 23.47.100"N: 76.07.568" W
The plan today is to sail south with the Canadian Navy, and "AllezCat" to Lee Stocking Island. It is 35 miles, the winds are out of the south west, and the seas are about 2-3 ft. swell.
Unfortunately we waited till 0900 to call the yacht club to arrange for water and fuel. They inform us that they can't sell any water, and still have enough to supply the restaurant. So we grumble and sail on by.
It is truly a GREAT sail south. We are under full sails and making between 6.5 and 8 knts, with an average of 7.5 knts for the trip. Everyone else is sailing a rumb line to the cut at Lee Stocking, but we are fishing, so we follow the 250'-1000' wall line. About one or two miles from the cut we finally get hooked up on the cedar plug. What ever it is, it is spooling line off REAL fast. Diane grabs the helm and puts us into the wind, and I start trying to keep it from taking all the line off the reel. The battle is on, and the fish is winning. FINALLY, I start to make progress, a little at a time. When I win the thirty minute battle we have a 60 lb, (no lies, I have a scale), yellow fin tuna on board. Again thanks Doug for the gaff, it works great!!!!!!!!
We ease in to the anchorage with the Canadian Navy at Norman's Pond (north of Lee Stocking) and begin the WORK of cleaning the fish. It will be Sashimi tonight for the entire fleet!!!!!!!!!!
02/14/07 24.10.282"N: 76.26.804"W
Again a short trip today. The winds did switch to the west then the North West. The squalls were upon us last night around 2100 hrs. Got some strong winds but basically no problems and very little rain.
We make the short sail down to Stanial Cay. Another good sail with no engines running. Chet on "Allez Cat" and I both agree it has been some of the best sailing weather we have seen in many years.
The current blasting through the cut shoots us through and we anchor near the yacht club. "So Fine 2" and "Wiwaxy" are both anchored near by so we are back with our Canadian buddies.
The supply boat came in today so a trip to the store is planned for some provisions then, we will get water tomorrow on the way out!!!!!!!!!!
02/13/07 24.18.548"N: 76.33.077"W
It is another beautiful day today. We have decided to make the short trip down to Bell Island. It is only 15 miles; the wind is on the nose but only at 5-10.
We tuck into the bay east of Bell Island with "Allez Cat"; it will give us the protection we need for the strong westerly winds predicted.
There is some very nice snorkeling along the rocks out in the cut. We have a real nice time beach combing and swimming.