Sunset and Sailing Off

Yes, another sunset.  We were again moored with an unobstructed view of the west.  And, we were fortunate enough to see the “green flash” each night as the sun set.  The “green flash” is what happens just after the sun finally sets.  The moment the sun disappears you can sometimes in some situations see a green flash.  [Paul’s thought – it is likely a visual perception trick of the absence of the yellowy-orange sunlight).  Whatever it is… it’s cool.

So, after the sunset, we woke up the next morning to a stranger phenomenon here – a northwesterly swell.  The swell is just waves that have a long period or time between waves.  They may be 10 seconds between waves and in this case are about 3 metres or 10 feet high.  So, the boat was rolling a fair bit on the mooring but quite safe.  The crashing waves were spectacular.

With the northwest swell on our hind quarter, we took off to sail to St. Kitts.

Here is Saba as we left it.

 

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.

A Video Tease…

Here’s a video tease…. This is the view from our tender (dinghy) while the sun is setting as we head to shore to go to dinner.  The bay is Cane Garden on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and we’re going to eat at Quito’s (for those of you who have visited us down there).  Enjoy.