We finally left our slip at Regatta Pointe Marina for the last time yesterday morning. Jim and Margaret from “Well Why Not?” came to see us off. They are such a wonderful couple and we hope to cross paths with them again!
We spent the day anchored at the mouth of the Manatee River until 4pm, then we hoisted the anchor and headed out to sea full of excitement and nervousness. Dave and I never made an overnight passage together before. In fact, this was Dave’s first overnight sail ever. We were expecting to be on a broad reach (wind to our backs) all night, but that was the first thing to go wrong. All the wind reports lied and we took it on the beam (broadside) within two hours of leaving. Now, catamarans love sailing on a beam reach and we hit 8.3 knots. However, the waves that broadsided us were brutal. Dave kept saying that it sounded like the boat was going to fall to pieces. Of course, it didn’t, but at night everything sounds louder and more sinister. Fortunately, we had half moon, which made the sky glow enough to see the horizon, but for Dave it just didn’t matter.
No picture. I’m not that cruel!
As we sailed on, Dave became greener and greener until he fed the fish the orange chicken stir fry I made for dinner. He spent the entire night sick and unable to combat the nausea. My father-in-law, John, was there to save the day as he helped take a lot of the helm time. I am still feeling the effects of the flu and tire out very easily, so I spent the night in and out of consciousness checking on the wind direction, sail trim, boat course, etc. I am not sure what we would have done without John to help us, probably abort the mission and return to the anchorage with our tails between our legs. I have never seen Dave get seasick, so we think it was caused by the darkness and lack of visual cues outside the boat. Our next sail is necessarily an overnight sail to get to Key West, so he may need to medicate ahead of time to get through it.
All in all, we were successful and I am writing from the anchorage at Useppa Island. We reserved a slip at Cabbage Key for the night and are getting ready to head over.