When friends aboard s/v Ramone suggested we join them for a sightseeing excursion, we first checked the weather and then replied, “Why not? Let’s go!” There was not any hint of an opportunity in the forecast to travel in our intended direction, so why not visit some new places! We’d met Ron and Simone, their daughter, Kim and their black lab, Skipper while cruising in the Bahamas last year. This year, we had been reunited while traveling through the Exumas. Ron and Simone were hosting guests, Rene and Sharon, for a truly unique vacation aboard s/v Ramone.
We set sail from Salt Pond, Long Island. Light, east-southeast winds were forecast which we’d intended to use for the first leg of our trip to reach Calabash Bay on the northern end of Long Island. For the special, light wind occasion Rode Trip put on her party dress; a fabulously colorful, lightweight genoa which we’ve rarely had the opportunity to fly.
We had a slow, but steady sail around Indian Hole Point. The morning was hot, the water was glassy calm, and shortly after we’d rounded the point the wind died. Rode Trip ghosted along with additional help from the main sail, but inevitably the engine was started and we motored to Calabash Bay.
Calabash Bay was a layover location during this excursion. Once the anchors were set, Brian and Ron set out fishing. Meanwhile, Rene and Sharon swam to the beach, I took a spin in the kayak, and Simone and Skipper waited their turn at the beach until after Kim’s nap-time. Calabash provided excellent fishing grounds, the best we’ve experienced this season! Brian and Ron speared four lobsters, one lionfish, and one glass eyed snapper. We shared a tasty supper that night!
The following morning we set sail from Calabash Bay to Conception Island. But not before a bit of fishing to stock s/v Ramone’s refrigerator for our excursion. Within minutes of entering the water, Brian had landed a spade fish.
We had a beautiful, brisk sail to Conception Island. Once again the wind was forecast to be east-southeast and this time the forecast held true. Rode Trip sailed with party dress (lightweight genoa) and main sail on a reach making 5-knots or better most of the way.