Our second overnighter

I had a one week notice that we were  going to do our second night time sail. I won’t lie, I was nervous. I am not a nighttime person. Our first night time sail didn’t go as planned, NOAA weather was wrong. We were supposed to get 10-15 knot winds and 2-4 ft waves. Instead, we got a steady 25 knot winds. And 6 foot waves. It was hard work and very tiresome.

Right now we are 31.01N  81.15W                                                                                     It is 2:25 am. I am sitting in the cockpit with Keith. Our 2 other crew members have just gone below to nap for 2 hours, then we will swap out. Normally at this time of night I would be sound asleep. If it was just me and Keith I would be down below taking my nap so that we could swap out after a few hours. But we have guests and we gave them first napping shift. Around 3 am, we will start to work our way back to the marina.                 We have been sailing for about 71/2 hours now and expect to take about 5 hrs to get back. We want to stay out long enough to see the sun rise in the morning and we will head back to the dock. Then it will be a matter of hooking things back up and taking a nap.

evening sunset

evening sunset

So how did we do? Well, I stayed up until around 5am. I found a blanket and rested in the cockpit while Keith kept us on course. The sky was beautiful. The air was very chilly. The stars were bright. I looked up just in time to see a shooting star. This isn’t so bad.           So around 5am we handed over the helm and went below for a short nap. We got back much quicker than we expected so we anchored outside of Jekyll creek. It’s a very tricky place to go thru so it was important that we wait until daylight. Once we anchored, we all went below to nap. Needless to say we missed the sunrise. Oh well.  It wasn’t much after sunrise that we woke up, started the coffee and then I made sausage and biscuits. We ate, we pulled up the Rocna anchor and we headed to the marina.

It was a good trip. Much more relaxed than the first time we went out. That’s the way I prefer sailing to be. Just enough wind to keep you going but not so much that you can’t relax. Will it always be this way, no. But I sure will enjoy the times that it is.

early morning

early morning

A long hot summer

Keith Urban said it best. “Its been a long hot summer”. It has been pretty hot this summer. Especially if you live on a boat. Due to insurance regulations, we had to be north of Cumberland Island from June to November. Also known as Hurricane season. We didn’t get much sailing in during that time for several reasons. One, there just wasn’t enough wind. Two, it was too stinkin hot. We had planned on sailing north to explore that area. But, after our nighttime sail, we ended up with a 4 page list of things that we needed to do to the boat before our trip to the Bahamas this winter. So between that and driving north once a month for Keith to work a few shifts, we have decided to stay put  on Jekyll Island.
We did however, take a 2 week trip to Alaska. Our son and daughter in law are stationed up there and it was a perfect time to go. It was everything we dreamed and more. The glaciers are amazingly beautiful. The wildlife, well, we saw a lot. Lots of grizzly bear and moose.As I look back on all the pictures we took, the pictures just didn’t do it justice. We are already thinking we would like to go back next summer. It was interesting that it didn’t get really dark until almost midnight and then it was light again around 5am. The weather was great. For them it was warm, for us, it was cool. A perfect time to get out of the Georgia heat.

Alaska with most of the family

Alaska with most of the family

sunrise at Jekyll Island

sunrise at Jekyll Island

A deserted beach on Jekyll Island

A deserted beach on Jekyll Island

Seine net for catching shrimp. The dolphin love to show up

Seine net for catching shrimp. The dolphin love to show up

But back to the boat, one of the nice things about being at Jekyll Island, is that we can take the dinghy to the beach side, where we fish, swim and seine for shrimp. We also take advantage of having our bikes here. We sometimes get up before the sun and bike over to the atlantic side of the island and watch the sun come up. Actually Keith does this way more than I do. I’m not an early morning kind of person. But I’m always glad when I do get up to see the sunrise.
We have been fortunate to have several friends visit us this summer. Its always nice to have company. Some have spent the night on the boat with us and some haven’t. I don’t think any of the ones that have spent the night with us are rushing out to buy a boat. It’s not for everyone. But it sure is nice for us.
We are getting close to our big trip south. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. We haven’t decided if we will go in  Dec or Jan. But we will be going south for sure. I’m not sure if we will end up in the Keys, or Bahamas. I guess a lot will depend on how well we do just getting to south Florida. I guess I need to start getting serious about stocking up on things. It’s getting close!