An Ungentlemanly Sail
02 March 2017 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
The saying, "gentleman only sail downwind," does not imply that there is something ungentlemanly about sailing upwind. It's just more work, you get wet, the boat gets salt-encrusted, you're heeled uncomfortably and you have to sail twice as far because of tacking. You still arrive, albeit a bit beat-up. Gentleman, you see, have the luxury of time; time to wait for winds abaft.
We have the luxury of time, but we still sail upwind when it gets us somewhere we want to go - as we did yesterday to Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera.
I made a video of the sail, so people could see what all those gentlemen in their blue blazers are missing.
Meanwhile, we are loving Eleuthera. It's not tourism-driven as much as, say, the Abacos and Exumas. Don't get me wrong. We love both those places, but this is a real place, less corrupted by the industry that has grown up around cruisers such as ourselves.
The highlight was a cave, of all things, and I'm not normally a fan of caves. This experience certainly not have existed in the US. It took us 30 minutes to complete the walk from entrance to exit, and we were alone the whole time. There was a labyrinth of forks, left-right-up-down in complete darkness. Our only guide was a piece of fishing line someone had strong from mouth the exit. I loved the independence, though my eye rarely strayed from the line.
We're presently in Governor's Harbor, a lovely bay about midway along western Eleuthera. It was the original capital of the Bahamas, and looks quite different from anywhere else we've been, with its well-kept 19th century houses, services - even the island's only movie theater!
I have some boat projects - a bad ground somewhere in the charging circuit, a leak in the head and an autopilot position sensor that keeps coming loose from mechanical arm.