Rough Night at Sea
18 March 2015 | Enroute to Ft Pierce, FL
Awoke on Tuesday in Vilano Beach with two large power boat waking us...Hauled anchor and got to the ocean by 10. Hoisted sails but the winds were light and shifted, so Mark & Robert launched the spinnaker sail. However, the wind again shifted to on the nose,, so the sails came down and motors were started. It was a hot day but the breeze still feels cool. More jelly fish in the water. Several spotting's of dolphins but they stayed away from our boat. No other ships on the water the entire day. Then the winds came up and we got to sail. It was a choppy sea so there was a bit of movement. Everyone enjoyed the corn quesadillas for lunch. We had our afternoon showers on the aft deck. That seems to work out, but I was cold with the breeze. We ate dinner at the cockpit table and then decided who would take the first watch as the sun set. Helen got to sleep while the others tended the watch. She felt like her part of the sailboat was airborne and woke up to relieve Mark at the helm, after putting on about four layers of jackets plus a life vest. Chris stayed awake with me. I actually saw two boats, one on each side, who were much faster than us. With winds topping at 17 from the west, I saw speeds up to 7.3 Knots, for most of my watch. Mark and Robert got some sleep. Chris was amazed with the number of stars. I got my phone and checked them out on Google Sky. She also saw a shooting star! Then Chris and I went to sleep around 3 a.m.. The guys put a reef in the main, but the boom was creaking and groaning and pushing down too hard on the canvas top of the cockpit. Mark figured out how to fix that. Helen again awoke to the feeling of being airborne so she got up and relieved Mark once again allowing him to get some more sleep. The winds continued to clock to the NW and promptly decreased to around 3 knots. It was a beautiful sunrise which only Helen observed as everyone else was asleep. Then slowly everyone woke up. Mark started both engines, but when I went down below, there was a burning smell. Mark stopped the engine and just ran the port one. He tightened the fan belt and the problem was solved. Both engines are currently running as the winds are too light. The seas have greatly flattened out. We are enroute to Ft Pierce with an expected arrival of 5:30 p.m.. We waited a while for breakfast, mostly to allow everyone's stomachs to settle. Chris and Helen played a few games of Gin Rummy. Robert and Mark are on their second cup of coffee made using an Italian coffee pot. The sun is shining and the ocean is sparkling. The view is amazing!