We weighed anchor at 0745 and motored towards the french bridge. There were a number of boats milling around waiting for the bell to ring. Once the bridge opened, we all went through like ducks in a row. We raised the sails and were off and running. The wind was brisk at 20-25 knots as we sailed due north toward Great Inagua, Bahamas. The northern swell had laid down and we were running with the seas. We were settled in for 4 days, our last big passage.
Watching dolphins in our bow wake
Dolphins escorting us from St. Marrten
We made excellent time to Virgin Gorda, BVI, sailing 90 nm in less than 10 hours! Once we passed the BVI's the wind settled down to a steady 15 knots, the following seas were diminished to a comfortable motion.
Maggie takes her morning watch, enjoying the autopilot
Craig and Liv take a rest after setting all the fishing gear in the early morning.
Kate helps bring in the fish
Look Ma....we caught one! Rainbow Runner.
Kate assumes her favorite passage activity
Eating like kings and queens on passage: fresh caught fish, pan fried in olive oil and garlic, served with wasabi soy sauce, and veggie pasta salad.
Patching a pin hole leak in the dinghy. Craig's make shift way of applying pressure to the patch while underway.
The girls listening to music, enjoying the breeze.
No Hands!! The autopilot is working like a charm.
Wendy getting excited reeling in a fish.
Olivia reeling in the line to rid the hook of seaweed.
Here it comes....what is it??
Female Mahi Mahi
One of many passage snacks: hard boiled eggs
It was surreal to think that this would be our last big passage of the trip. Once we reached the Bahamas, we'd only be a day away (or less) to any island in the Bahamas and the US. Our family has come to really enjoy the long passages and look forward to them.