Saturday, April 09, 2016

Another night on the hook ...

We managed to slip away from the house and sail over to Pelican Bay on Monday, March 22nd. The wind was light, and we only rolled out the Genoa as we got out of the marina at 12:10.  Half way across, I wished we had brought the spinnaker on deck, but we were both too relaxed to do it at that point. So, at 16:00 about a mile out from Pelican Bay, we turned on the "iron genny" and motored in to anchor. We had to push our way through 5' of water in the entrance channel, as it was not high tide. But we managed and anchored at 16:45 in 9' feet of water east of the bulk of the other boats there ... and there were quite a few.

A bit of reading led to cocktail hour.  We talked about doing a U.S. Virgin Islands charter trip, sailing from St. Thomas to the Spanish Virgins, then to St. Croix, St. John and back.  About two weeks. Called sister Patricia, and she said she'd be up for it, so next year about this time is when we'll try to do it.  Now, I have to remember to schedule it!

A nice simple dinner of filets, baked potatoes and asparagus, along with a bottle of good red wine, and we were ready for a good night's sleep.  In the morning we arose, read, had gruel for breakfast, and at 10:00 raised the main, sailed off anchor, rolled out the Genoa and beat our way out of Pelican Bay.  We had a nice 12-14 knot wind from the SSE and managed a good sail back to Burnt Store Marina, arriving at 15:15.  After washing Alizee down, we were home by 16:30.  A nice brief escape.


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