When we last left you, we had just arrived back at the boat after a month in the States and were trying to decide how to get to the Virgin Islands. We decided on a bit of a hybrid model for various reasons- hopefully it works!
We landed back in Georgetown on Easter Sunday and quickly discovered our long list of chores were going to have to wait as the whole town was shut down Fri-Monday for the holiday. Quite a bummer to lose a few days just waiting for the gas station to open. Never would have thought the gas station would celebrate the Resurrection, but good for them. We squeezed in a happy hour with another young couple and swapped boat life stories.
While on a water run at the free water dinghy dock Monday we just happened to run into friends on a boat from Florida. We had been chasing Steve and Susan on Peregrine ever since our departure in December and figured we had lost them for good. We spent a night in Red Shanks catching up and hearing about their winter on Long Island.
Tuesday we ran around like idiots filling tanks of water, diesel and a few groceries. As luck would have it, the grocery store didn’t have any food on the shelves after the holiday so we went a little hungry. We pulled out Tuesday afternoon for my favorite Bahamas beach: Calabash Bay.
The weather didn’t look quite right until Saturday for a long sail to Turks and Caicos, so we cooled our jets and waited for the wind to die down. Of course we did boat chores and had happy hours at Cape Santa Maria too.
We pulled out Saturday morning for a 40 hour run down to Turks. Overnight sails are no big deal to us and I certainly was not worried – until we were about 8 hours in and the seas were huge and I hated life.
Sometimes sailing is so awesome. And sometimes it is not. This particular trip it was not awesome. Huge seas and a rolling motion made it impossible to do anything but sit and wait for it to be over. In 32 hours. Blech. We didn’t each much, didn’t sleep much at all, and cried a little. But we made it!!
48 hours later we found ourselves pulling into a marina in Turks & Caicos with buddies and we couldn’t have been happier! Nightingale Tune and Delancey were on hand to catch dock lines and hand us rum drinks as we sighed a huge breath of relief.