Have Friends Will Travel

  Monday, March 17, 2014 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

We'd departed Salt Pond, Long Island with a fabulous group of friends, bound for Flamingo Cay, in the Jumentos Cays.  Per usual when sailing among friends as soon as the anchors were off the bottom the race began! [caption id="attachment_8512" align="aligncenter" width="1936"] s/v Lutra; Patti and her four-legged first mate Mariah[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8510" align="aligncenter" width="2592"] s/v Rainbow Connection; Jamel & Tania with guests, Shellee (aka Jamel's Mom) and Don (aka Jamel's Grandpa)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8511" align="aligncenter" width="3888"] s/v Nila Girl; Ren, Ashley, and Ani[/caption] It was a fabulous sail!  Rode Trip had her first opportunity to fly double head sails; jib and genoa.  We hanked-on the genoa and flew the jib freely.  With the head sails rigged and the main down, the windvane steered marvelously down a straight course line. It was a beautiful day for Brian, the Birthday Boy, and while we sailed along topside down below a bake-off was underway.  Everyone pulled out their best cookie recipes to make birthday treats for our arrival.  At Flamingo Cay we had the entire anchorage to ourselves.  Once the boats were settled at anchor, we took to the beach for cold beers, fresh cookies, and a re-cap of the day's sail.  

13 Comments

  1. From Brian on Apr 08, 2014
    Thanks. For the Birthday wishes! I certainly had a good one. Now you've got me thinking about more sails....if we tear out the v- berth we could probably add a couple spinnakers and a blooper...hmm we don't really need a place to sleep!

  2. From Ken Jennings on Mar 22, 2014
    Happy Birthday Brian....a little late. Us Laser guys miss chasing you around the buoys. But damn, it looks like fun cruising (of course us racers would never do well with it). Screw the double jib thing...we'd rig a spinnaker and a blooper!

  3. From Brian Schmoyer on Mar 18, 2014
    That sail rig look so COOL! Looked like a beautiful day.

  4. From stephanie on Mar 18, 2014
    Dennis, what better way to spend a birthday than "racing" among friends! So great to sail with equally matched boats; 2 Pearson 35', 1 Bayfield 32', and 1 custom catch 36'. I must say though that none of these had the courage to raft-up to the mighty Westsail.

  5. From stephanie on Mar 18, 2014
    Ann, so glad we could finally access the internet and share our current travels with you. Down in the Jumentos and Raggeds we are really off the grid as far as communication goes. Bummer it is SO COLD back home...more reason to snuggle!

  6. From stephanie on Mar 18, 2014
    Scott, we are having a BLAST with the double head sail rig. We still have to tweak some of our set-up and take-down, but once set it is lovely sailing! Couldn't have accomplished it without your fabulous plans!

  7. From stephanie on Mar 18, 2014
    Bill, the southern Bahamas are AMAZING!!

  8. From Scott Kuhner on Mar 17, 2014
    Happy Birthday Brian. Love the picture of you sailing under a twin head sail rig. We did about 60% of our two circumnavigations under twin head sails.

  9. From Ann Landau on Mar 17, 2014
    Happy Birthday, Brian! I get such a chuckle that your email arrives this morning ....where we here are facing another seriously cold day in the Winter That Never Ends !!! It says 21 degrees outside on our thermometer and typically it is always actually colder than that outside....Sigh!!!

  10. From dennis on Mar 17, 2014
    Happy Birthday Brian! Looks like you had a great day.

  11. From penny novak on Mar 17, 2014
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN!!!! MISS YOU GUYS!!! ENJOY

  12. From Bill on Mar 17, 2014
    Looks like a beautiful spot you found! Great way to spend a birthday.

  13. From Greg on Mar 17, 2014
    Happy Birthday, Brian. Hope you both have a great time in the Jumentos! Great photo shot of the double head sails, too. Greg & Dahleen SV Knot Tide Down www.knottidedown.blogspot.com