Colonel Mustard in the Study with a Lead Pipe
12 April 2012 | Marsh Harbour
The reality of cruising is that a boat spends 90% of its time at anchor. That means a lot of time to pass reading and playing games. Clue Night is a big night aboard Remittance, and Stephanie was the winner last night following a rule protest that snatched victory from Conrad. Such excitement!
We're now back in Marsh Harbour after three days of daysailing out of Hope Town Harbour. Yesterday We took the boat to Fowl Cay preserve and snorkeled on a beautiful patch of reef with a dazzling display of fish. We did not, however, see the reef shark that inhabits those waters. An embarrassing event befell me on the way to the reef. Racing to arrive in time for a rising tide, I opted to motor instead of sail in light winds. As fate would have it, along the way I happened to pass my ASA sailing instructor, Capt. Ken Roach, who of course had all his flags aflyin'. Oh, the shame to be caught with my sails down! From his deck he managed to convey his disappointment in my slack performance of seamanship. I pretended not to understand.
Meanwhile the weather forecast for the passage back to Little River is promising. Following winds mean we can hitch a ride on the Gulf Stream and perhaps even pull my new cruising chute out of its bag. I have moved up our departure one day to Saturday, which leaves just Friday to prep and provision the boat.
Family leaves tomorrow. Crew arrives a few hours after their departure.
A bit of bad news: Ben Edkins, who was to crew, cannot come due to an illness in his family. Next time, Capt. Ben!