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.
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.