|Front row behind the reef|
20.4 nautical miles was our total trip. Union is to windward of Carriacou.....so what does that mean dear readers? Think hard. You know this by now.....wind on the nose! However, this passage we had time to sail (despite a later than planned departure - see Dirty Laundry) so we pointed the bow northwest, set the reefed sails for a close haul and took off at 6+ knots. We sailed until we were nearly even with the top (north) of Union Island. Then we tacked back to the southeast, towards the windward side of Carriacou. When we were about even with Frigate Island (just south of Union) we were contemplating a tack so we could furl the main and start motoring directly into the wind and towards our anchorage at Clifton, however the helm didn't want to respond. Hum? Very odd. I had a sneaking suspicion in the back of my mind but didn't say anything. We regained control and I turned on the engine. Because of my suspicion, I was very careful and immediately shut the engine back down as a huge, terrible noise came from under the boat. Not good! A broken up fishing float, two actually shot out behind sv Honey Ryder. Oh shit! We had sailed over a couple of big fishing floats. Not good! Not good at all! I was concerned that despite immediately shutting the engine back down we still may have wrapped some of the line around the prop and shaft. Don't forget we only have 1/2 of a line cutter on the prop. The other 1/2 is missing and we have yet to replace it. *Getting the correct one has turned out to be a bit tougher than we thought. Luckily, we were in open water and not near any of the numerous reefs in the area. Tom said "turn the engine on and see what happens." I did and then carefully I put it into gear with my hand ready to take it back to neutral if needed. It sounded ok and we slowly moved forward. Whew! I guess 1/2 of a line cutter saved us this time. **Note to self, locate and get the line cutter ordered!!!
|Close neighbor in windy conditions - big fun|