We could live here

at anchor

We woke this morning to find the water in the sandy bay just off Gregory Town in Eluthera where we were anchored absolutely flat. Seriously. I mean flat.

“Come see this!” Chris called. He was above deck, wiping the dew off the windows, I was below, making coffee.

He pointed to a big stingray, flapping lazily by the boat. Oh, there’s conch. And a starfish. And what’s that weird-looking thing? Heh heh. It was our anchor, dug firmly into the soft sand.

We’re back in the Bahamas, as you’ve probably gathered, and winter is now just a dim memory. The boat show was so much fun—who knew so many people were interested in sailing across the ocean, or at least talking about it? Our seminars were well attended and there were lots of questions, and our time in the Nautical Mind bookstore’s booth just flew by. So many interesting people, including a young girl who sails with her father and wants to write a book. I really enjoyed talking to her.

But here’s my greatest accomplishment: I sold a book to a blind woman. Okay, it’s not as impressive as it sounds. She had come to the boat show specifically to buy my book (very flattering!) which she was going to have read onto a CD so she could share it with her… wait for it… blind sailing friends. Turns out she’s a member of Blind Sailing Canada. Who knew such a thing existed? I think she’ll enjoy the section in the book that describes my brother John, who was pretty much blind by the time he was 30, going sailing with my dad. You can read that excerpt here.

smooth waters

As much fun as we had at the boat show, it’s great to be back here. Although there’s no wind today—we’re motoring over flat seas this morning—the sailing has been fantastic. We sailed from the Berry Islands all the way to the Exumas without having to motor at all. We waited out some big winds at anchor tucked behind Highbourne Cay, snoozing, swimming, playing bocce on the beach (our new favourite thing.)

Then when the weather calmed, we sailed to Eluthera to visit friends we had met sailing 15 years ago, who liked the Bahamas so much they sold their boat and bought a beautiful house on top of a cliff overlooking the calm waters of Eluthera Sound. Tempting…

snowy lashes

Even more tempting when people send us pictures of what it’s like in Canada right now. Thanks, by the way. They really cool us down on these hot, windless days.

 

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