March 6: Now you may think this is a blog about weather and sailing. Well, only partly. True, it is too windy to even get Silver Girl out of the slip and true, the flags are flying horizontally. So,those are two of the reasons we decided to stay put today. We’ve already had to sit Sunday out in Melbourne, FL because of weather. It’s like the weather forecaster in the BVI says when he signs off: “Whether you go, or whether you stay depends on the Weather.” Sunday a front came through central Florida, high winds, rain squalls and cooler temperatures kept us in port that day.
Monday was great, a little cool with a little more wind than we like, but doable in the ICW. The forecast for today (Tuesday) was high winds with higher gusts but before we even listened to the forecast after getting Silver Girl into our slip on Monday afternoon, we had a third, more “pressing” reason for staying over a day.
As Captain and mate, Ed and I work well together ususally with good results. However, this time Ed and I were so in sync with each other that as he removed his glasses and put them on the cockpit cushion (to remove his fleece pull-over )I pressed down with my knee on the exact same spot while tying on the stern line! Yup, I broke them. Snapped the bow right off. How these two maneuvers could have happened with such timing is amazing. But this made the decision easy. We are not going anywhere until Ed gets new glasses. The good news is, Taylor (as in Taylor Creek) Optical is within walking distance and this guy believes in customer service. He will have them ready today. While Ed gets them fitted, I will buy provisions at the store in the same shopping center. So, all is mended again but tomorrow doesn’t look good either. Not sure yet, waiting for the evening, or maybe the early morning forecast.
Right now even walking in the cabin of the boat is practice in balance-and walking the finger pier makes you understand why sailors have the reputation for drunkenness. It’s really all about the wind and the nearby Tiki bar and restaurant where one waits on the weather.
More on the way to the Bahamas,