Okay, we’re not going to Canada but we are going to Nanny Cay, our second home. But, first a stop at Sint Maarten to break the trip up and to get supplies.
After arriving we awoke to a “gaggle” off kayakers on a tour of the Simpson Bay. They were all following their mother hen kayaker while the daddy came up the rear.
After we left St. Barts, we had to round St. Martin to be able to get to the other side where Anguilla is. It was a great day for a sail. We had great winds and wonderful seas. But, we were not the only ones having a great day. As we sailed along the underside of St. Martin, we noticed some racing buoys and a number of sailboats out. Not a lot but a number. As we went by them, we got the distinct impression that a sailing race was on today. Then we realized that it was the annual Heineken regatta. It was still early and not many boats were out but we did see a couple really cool boats including a retired Volvo Around the World Ocean Racing boat. It’s pictured below. Unfortunately, it wasn’t sailing at the time that we say it.
We also sailed by the start line of the regatta. With friendly waves from the other boats. We continued to sail along the underside of the island until we round the corner and started to head north. At that point, we took a good look back and noticed that there were now tons of boats out with their sails up. The race had started or was about to start soon. All of a sudden we felt like perhaps we should be making haste to get out of there. Especially when we say a buoy ahead of us that we a marker for them to go around as they raced around the island. So, we tightened the sails and off we went asking Legend to pick up the pace a bit.
And she did. As we headed on to a beam reach (sailing with the wind coming from the side of the boat as opposed to the back or front), we picked up some speed and ended up sailing the boat at here fastest speed to date with only her sails…. a big 10.8 knots (or almost 20 km/h). It was truly a glorious sail. The kids were having fun. We were all enjoying the sun, the wind, the relatively calm seas and a beautiful sail.
We’ve made a sighting of Sint Maarten / St Martin, and we’ve decided that we’re going to anchor in a lagoon to give us a better chance of flat water sleep as well as allow us to work on the boat and purchase supplies. But, first we must wait for the 11:30 bridge opening to let us in to the lagoon. Did I mention that we had a torrential downpour while we were waiting? But, again, we did see more rainbows.
Here we are entering the lagoon in a line of vessels — big and bigger.
And, once we anchor this ends our first big passage as a family. We’re done. Excited. Exhausted. Ready for Rest, oh ya, and checking into Customs before anyone gets upset. 🙂
Okay, it’s been a little too long since we last posted. My apologies. That’s a combination of being on an 18 hour passage, needing to recuperate, not having internet access and then sailing to a new bay where we are not docked at a marina visiting with Caroline’s brother and sister-in-law. It’s a most awesome marina that is gorgeous and has all the amenities of a resort if you’re in the marina. Woo hoo. Anyway, more on that later, with pictures.
And, speaking of pictures, I have a number of pictures that I will get loaded up in the next day or two. And, hopefully a number of stories.
So, for now, just know that our first big passage was a success. Grueling but safe and successful.
Hope you are well. Please drop us a line to let us know how you’re doing.
Talk more soon.