Sombrero Passage – Overnight

Okay, so what happens when it’s dark…. you sail and keep sailing.  In our case, we motor sailed for a lot of it.  Without the motor the passage would have been even longer and more uncomfortable.  But, we did sail when we could.

Unfortunately, there are no real pictures from the passage.  Unfortunately, there’s actually kind of too much going on.  One of us (Caroline or Paul) is at the helm and the other one is trying to sleep or manage the sails or assist kids or whatever needed to happen.  So, the benefits of passaging at night are that you have sleeping kids (mostly, more on that in a moment), and that you arrive with lots of extra daylight time to anchor or moor in case you get held back.  The negative is that you sail through the night and are really tired, especially if you didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.

So, back to the kids.  The kids wanted to come up with us and support us in the cockpit as much as possible.  And, they did a wonderful job, although they perhaps didn’t come up as often as they had planned.  Here is a shot of Noah up helping with the night watch.

And, here is Paul getting sleep or rest at least after having a long late night shift through a couple of rain storms and varied seas.

The sun is starting to rise and landfall is getting closer and closer.

Sombrero Passage – The Setting Sun Over Virgin Gorda and Necker Island

So, after we sailed for a couple of hours, the sun started to set on the land behind us.  Now it was time to head to out to where we can’t see land.  This detail really doesn’t matter as it is going to be pretty dark soon.  Having said that, we had a pretty full moon that shone around the clouds over the night.  Having that extra light is always nice to be able to see the waves that are coming and to steer appropriately.

Foul Weather Gear

Okay, some of you may be thinking that I’m a little out of my mind, but it can and does get quite cold on the water at night on a passage.  And, we’ve just been rained on as we prepared the last details of the boat and got her full of water and diesel.  So, I had just changed and wanted to stay dry and warm.  Which we mostly did.