02 April 2011 | Hawksbill Cay, Bahamas
24 29.08, 076 46.34
Danne's Comments Phyl has decided to let Patty and me take care of the blog for today, so here goes!
I began the morning at 0400 with a visit to the deck to see the lights in Nassau Harbor. None of the cruise ships were in yet so I went below to read for a bit. At 0745 we retrieved both anchors and fortunately they had not fouled each other. We motored East, out to Porgee Cay and set the sails but quickly found out that if we were to make our intended anchorage at Hawksbille Cay we would have to motorsail. Naturally, the wind was dead on the bow - where else? Maintaining a course of 166 degrees, we had a delightful breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage and whole grain bread toasted. Lunch was one of my favorite foods, crab salad and Phyl put it into a delightful sandwich. Can you tell I really like to eat? Oh, and dinner was enchiladas, rice and refried beans by the way. I am really enjoying this trip, putting the book learning to use. Patty and I saw a huge shooting star tonight just after sunset. When we get to a wifi connection, we'll include some of the pictures that we've taken. Ok, now it's Patty's turn?.Over! Patty's comments: We slept very well last night. Our cabin is very big and comfortable. While we were under sail, Charlie and Phyl gave us lots of information about the history of the Exumas both in terms of the wildlife and natural geography of the cays. We had our first opportunity to snorkel today and I almost found a shell for Mom, a Conch. We picked it up off the sandy bottom just off the coral reef, turned it over, and found it was the home of a hermit crab?..oops?.dropped it. Terry, your Jeopardy answers for today are: 5.5 - 7.0 knots; 15 knots; close haul; sloop; 6" - 12"; motor sailing; 7ft - 25 ft; 45 miles.