January 16, 2013 by Last Star blog
So we awoke early in order to push off to Eleuthera as the “weather window” was ideal. The trip to Royal Harbour was 55 nautical miles and would take approx 9 hours so we wanted an early start. Well we were the last to leave….as usual. 6 other boats pushed off before we did, some in near dark. I figured the 7:00 AM departure would suffice. We had the sails out before we snuck through the pass; the pass was smooth and easy thankfully. Once out we were in the ocean and turned to a 180 heading, the wind was right out of the east and we would have a nice beam reach for the next 50 miles.
The day was mostly sunny with some clouds to help out with the sun and heat. When the clouds were overhead the water was a deep indigo bordering on black with the sun reflecting from the south. When the sun was out the blue was a deep blue, deeper than windex blue. It was an enjoyable sail with no motor (my brother in law would appreciate that) and a following sea for the last few miles.
Cole wanted to see what the water looks like when the boat heels and water runs up to the port-holes.
Here’s a photo of a boat we passed while underway, most of the boats were smaller so with our longer waterline we passed everyone. We started with reefed sails (err to the side of caution) and ended up with full main and head sail.