Adonai Heading North
04 February 2015 | Turneffe Reef Belize
Adonai works her way back north. With Cucumber Marina in the distant aboard is Christi, Jeff, Greg, Wayne, Ted and I. The sun is still above the horizon with the close to full moon barely showing high in the sky. Approaching the mangroves standing tall glowing in rich copper color their branches reaching out towards the heavens inviting the night sky full heartily. With darkness comes silver light as the promised moon gives light to the night. Adonai rests in the quiet of this night, water gently lapping on her hulls singing a song of delight.
Feb. 3, 2015
17 66’ N: 88 05’ W Departing Pirate Look Out Cay underway with sails raised. Moving along at 8 knots the sun reflects a carpet pattern of diamonds stretching out as far as eye can see. To the NE is Water Cay and what lays ahead we soon will see. Fish on the line! Bonita always gets a boo and she is so pretty. By1:30 we are out on Turneffe Reef suddenly the sky turns black as coal, the true wind cranks up to 25 and the pelting rain is now washing our decks as we tuck away inside the reef in still calm waters just in time. Ten minutes and the sun comes through, what a fast strong storm gone with the wind. Time to jump and play in the shallow reefs! I love drifting amongst the coral scattered for miles, soft corals waving in the motion of the now calm sea. Much to my surprise a spotted ray jumps making a big slash super fast. Returning to Adonai a rainbow arcs across the sky. God is making know his promise as evening is approaching. The catch of the day is lobster, conch and ocean trigger and one unspeakable lion fish! It is time to fire up the grill and take the evening to chill. Fresh air and moonlight rocks the night away.
Feb. 4, 2015
17 09’ N : 87 54’ W Adonai is heading towards San Pedro today an approaching cold front is due to come through Belize on Friday. We will check weather and we may need to change our departure date. Beating into the sea is not fun sailing, actually it can be quite brutal nor is it the safest especially with high winds. It is a situation to avoid as Ted and I know. Years ago we sailed from Fiji to Hawaii a three week trip non stop with pounding seas and winds blowing 25 to 35.
Christi is making turtle pancakes this morning having delicious fun. Ted is at the helm and Jeff is turning sausage on the grill. Wayne and Greg have the lines out and I am typing the ships log. Sailing contains a variety of time, thought, and emotion moving into action. The sea calms your mind slowing your thought process heightening your awareness. The constant movement can be gentle and kind filled with peace and in a moments change it can be fast and radical keeping you on your toes extremely alert. Sailing is predictable and unpredictable at the same time, just like the wind it comes and it goes in a puff. The wind strong, soft and indifference yet caring a full spectrum experience of life bringing you into the present. Sailing has a way of putting you in touch with your very own soul often lost in our busy society. We all are sailing through life in some form or fashion so lets all open our arms and embrace the presence of the present and experience life.