An Excursion 'Round the Bay

  Wednesday, February 5, 2014 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

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.

[caption id="attachment_8387" align="aligncenter" width="2592"] s/v Ramone[/caption]

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.

Brian also speared another lionfish and glass eyed snapper.

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.

[caption id="attachment_8395" align="aligncenter" width="3888"] Rounding the northern point of Long Island.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_8396" align="aligncenter" width="3888"] s/v Ramone in the distance dodging coral amidst the beautiful Bahama blues.[/caption]  

5 Comments

  1. From Sally on Feb 05, 2014
    Love the new splash of color! I see you are showing your muscles. Like mother like daughter. That comment was for you Kathy. ha ha

  2. From Bill on Feb 05, 2014
    Looking forward to pics from Conception Island. We anchored off it on that delivery to Panama when we had rough weather and the in mast furler was being quarrelsome. Never got to go to shore though...

  3. From stephanie on Feb 05, 2014
    Thanks, Ann - I've been having issues with the time on Wordpress regarding scheduled posts...still trying to figure that out so I appreciate you letting me know. Glad we brought some sunshine into your morning :)

  4. From Ann Landau on Feb 05, 2014
    I actually posted this at 6:20 am not what it says here...

  5. From Ann Landau on Feb 05, 2014
    This is so funny...I am reading your post sitting by the window watching a Huge Snow Storm move in to Boston area...could be a foot of snow on North Shore! Schools and some workplaces are closed. If I could post a photo here, I would. Being in this mindset, when I read that you were near Long Island I thought, oh, they have come back north...ha ha ha ha. Then I saw your photos .... Okay time for large cup of morning coffee