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We’ve now been at sea for a little over 48 hours since clearing out of Marsh Harbor on Monday, and so far, so good. The wind has been a little fickle, both in direction and speed, but except for motoring out of the cut in the Bahamas and about an hour after a squall rolled through, we’ve been able to sail the whole time.
Pretty much our entire sail inventory has been tested, starting out with our screecher for almost a whole day, then trying out our spinnaker yesterday when the winds moved a bit further aft, and now we’re running wing on wing with the genoa. We had done a bit of sailing in Florida and the Bahamas with the screecher and have enjoyed sailing with it, but this was our first time flying the spinnaker since our initial test in the Bay of Biscay. Man that thing is huge!
Having my brother, Thomas, on board has been awesome. He’s been quickly picking up on all the tricks of sailing Starry Horizons (including lots of naps!) and even took his first solo night shift last night and did great. He even managed to find his sea legs fairly quickly with not much sea sickness, and while that’s a good thing, there was a small part of me hoping he’d turn a bit greener at the gills to make up for all the times he’s insisted on measuring our heights back to back (yes, he’s still taller than me) and for those times we’ve been out to restaurants and I’ve been carded and he hasn’t. I’m the older brother for crying out loud! It must be the fierceness of his beard…
Our plan at the moment is to head over toward Bermuda to take advantage of the prevailing winds pointed that direction through the weekend, and we may stay there for a few days while we wait for a low pressure system (and lousy weather/wind direction) to move through the north Atlantic. Then we’ll continue up toward Halifax. I can’t wait for some cooler weather!