April 25, 2015: Puerto Rico to Turks and Caios, Day 2 & 3

by Sara on April 25, 2015

Day 2 was easy sailing also. It was “on again, off again” with the engine and a lot of furl and unfurling of the spinnaker. The wind would be light and then go to nothing. But the seas were flat, so we were all happy. This is only the second time we have used the spinnaker this season. I’ve been surprised at how windy the Caribbean has been.

All was going well with the spinnaker until… all goes wrong. Remember, it’s day 2 and we are lacking sleep. It started by me not furling the sail up fast enough which made it not wrap exactly right. Then we decided that there was enough wind to launch the spinnaker AND the main sail. Chris attempted to put the main sail up while going downwind. This is not a good practice and only works in light wind. We have done it before but this time it definitely did NOT work. So we had to turn into the wind and at that point the “not perfectly furled” spinnaker started to unfurl. From here on, I don’t even remember the details. All I remember was Chris and I yelling at each other and the spinnaker eventually being dropped into the water. I pulled the sail out of the water, shoved it in the bag, and stormed off inside. Chris then spent the next 45 minutes straightening everything out – by himself. This took me back to our days sailing in the south pacific and that damn spinnaker giving us a hard time then. Chris eventually came inside and adamantly stated, “We will NOT even HAVE a spinnaker on our next boat!” I chuckled. We then used the spinnaker the rest of our trip.

Our second night out was just as peaceful as our first. The only problem was that we were moving very slowly. We hoped to average at least 6 knots / hour and we were averaging around 4.5. Ugh. That meant we would arrive just before dark when we thought we would arrive in the morning. At least we would make it before dark.

At 6pm on day 3 we were pulling up to Big Sand Cay. It was beautiful. It’s an uninhabited island and there were only 2 other boats anchored here. We set the hook and noted that this is the first place in the Caribbean that feels rustic. A beautiful island, out in the middle of no where, with no people. None of our books make proclamations about this beach, but it really is one of “the most beautiful.” And that’s coming from someone who has seen a lot of beaches.

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