This morning we (me and Marley) caught the weather dude's 6:30 am weather guess and then rousted the rest of the crew. By 7:15 we were weighing anchor and heading out again under spinnaker once more aiming loosely towards Thompson Bay on Long Island.
I say loosely, because the wind was again a smoking' 5 knots from directly behind and we averaged a stately 2 knots over the course of the next 7 hours. We finally drifted/sailed into the anchorage behind Eva Cay in TBay (Thompson Bay).
For the record, over the last two days it has taken us 16 hours to sail 35 miles. At this rate we'll reach the new world in about 500 days.
As we "done reached", we were greeted by the 22 C class boats that were racing in day one of the Long Island regatta. They were sailing better than us, but the Bahamian racing boats don't use modern sail fabrication techniques and so we were the only boat out of the 23 present flying the brightly colored, synthetic, rips stop nylon spinnaker.
We crossed the finish line about twelfth over all and first (and only) in the multi-hull class. Yeah team!
We anchored just off of Eva Cay in 5 feet of water and after stowing the engines and shutting down the electronics, we quickly deployed the sun shade in an effort to ward off the late day heat. We then set up the weasel pool for a quick ferret cool down session and then went swimming ourselves.
The wind got lighter and lighter as the day progressed and the racing committee finally had to call the racing to a close due to lack of wind. We had thought about launching the dinghy and heading in to the festivities surrounding race week here on Long Island, but honestly we were content to just chill on the boat and enjoy the scenery.
Dinner was grilled pork chop cutlets served on homemade rye bread along with a small serving of rice and fresh pineapple chunks from a pineapple that I scored yesterday when we swam ashore and found a couple of free range pineapple trees growing near the scene of Johnny Depp's pirate file.
The food was good and there were no leftovers. We watched the sun set and by 8:30 we had gathered up our weasel tribe and headed up to our stateroom where Amy read all of us a book and I made shadow puppet monsters on the wall to scare the weasels.
Remember, be safe, it's stupid out there ....