Bahamas to St Martin in Photos
At the dock Staniel Cay Yacht Club before leaving...
Our final anchorage in the cut by Thunderball Cave ready to lift anchor.
First day is calm and we motor in smoothly rolling seas.
The wind fills in from the North and will stay this way for the next 5 days!!
We have the main and jib mostly but switch to our large genoa when winds get down below 15 knots. We hope to keep an average speed of 7 knots for this passage.
Christmas decorations - solar powered lights...
Sunset and clear skies.
We are flying the Self-tacking Jib and a single reefed main for 60 percent of the passage. We unroll the big genoa for the other 40 percent.
Charging along into 1-2 meter seas from the ENE but they are far apart and easy to sail.
Sargasso weed. We are crossing the Sargasso Sea on this passage.
Sheryl cooks on an angle...
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No moon means lots of great star-gazing - plus amazing meteors!! Turns out this was the Geminid Meteor shower and WOW did we have an amazing view. Some were so bright the whole sky lit up. On each 3 hour watch we would see dozens to hundreds of meteors!!
Winds just forward of the beam, what perfect conditions?!
Onwards we average nearly 180 miles per day.
Admiring the sunset...
Rare that we can set the table to have dinner outside like this. But the wind is so predictable and there are no squalls. Baked potatoes, chopped steak and green beans... Yum!!
Who is having fun?!
Salt spray everywhere building to thick crystals.
Rafts of Sargasso weed passing often. A few times they catch on the rudders and keel and prop skeg. I can lift the keel and they slide off but the rudders are harder to clear.
Anchored in the lagoon in Saint Martin (french side) we are well ready for an uninterrupted night’s sleep!!
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