I never figured that Stewball would become a blogger. I guess making contact with Richard Petty was something he really wanted to do. And this new name, The Blue Blaze? Where did that come from? I know some friends have begun calling him Stewie, but The Blue Blaze? This NASCAR #43 has really gone to his head! I expect you’ll hear more from Stewball on the NY to Alaska rally but for now we’re on Silver Girl , our Catalina 310, heading to the Bahamas- weather permitting-and Stewball won’t have access to the blog for a while.
March 2. Day 1: When I woke up this morning I stuck my head out the companionway hatch and thought I’d developed severe cataracts overnight. Everything was shades of gray and hazy. By 7:30 we could finally see the marina office across from our slip and Silver Girl was ready to go. I had provisioned yesterday, Ed had checked the engine and batteries, the wind was calm and the marina like glass. Silver Girls was itching to get out of the slip. (OK, blame it on the boat, she can’t talk back!) So, we thew off the lines and backed out of the slip and started south in the ICW (intercostal waterway for our non-sailing friends). We now sail with a chart plotter, a gizmo sort of like a GPS, which is a good thing since it shows the markers even if we couldn’t see them with our binoculars. The marine weather station said the fog would lift by 8:00 am but in fact, by 8:00 the fog was denser and we dropped anchor just outside the waterway marker # 45.
Now by 8:10 we could see both sides of the ICW and we pulled up anchor and motored on-slowly, hoping there were not too many stupid boaters would be out this early in this fog. We were in luck and all went well. By 9:00 the sun came out and we even were able to eat lunch on our table in the cockpit.
So, day 1 in sailing. Just for the record, no sails up, wind (more than forecasted) was on the nose the entire way. But everyday is a challenge and you never know what to expect. This is what keeps you on your toes but tired by the time the sun goes down. Well, that and a bit of wine.
More on the way to the Bahamas