09 February 2012 | Highborn Cay, Bahamas
The wind started to build even more this morning. Blowing about 15-18 kts. from the southwest. We were starting to roll and bump a bit, along with the other boats in the Norman's anchorage. We weighed anchor and went out onto the Sound and down to Highborn Cay. Since the wind was westerly, the water on the Sound was fairly calm up close to the islands. Since there were no shoals or reefs extending too far out from the islands, we could stay fairly close so the waves didn't have as much room to build. We put up the sails and were able to actually sail the whole 10 miles, only using the motor to get into and out of the anchorages. We anchored between the islands on the south side of the marina. Two local fishing boats and 3 or 4 other sailboats are in the general area. Charlie, Jack and Kim dinghied into Highborn Marina to go to the grocery store. They picked up dinghy gas, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs and a Snickers for me. Gasoline was $5.73 a gallon. This afternoon they went to explore one of the islands, the only one that had a tiny beach to put the dinghy ashore. Then they went out snorkeling. I didn't hear of any great finds or sightings of exotic animals today. The wind continued to increase during the day and this evening we have probably 20 kts. winds from the northwest. Suppose to clock on around to the north and northeast this evening. Much cooler today, even though we had some sunshine, the breeze was cool.