For the last two weeks Owen and I have been sailing north through the Exumas, and we have some photos to share.
First, we admit that we’ve been missing Blaire and Megan after they flew home from Georgetown. So here is a video from our last days together in the out islands:
Since sailing north from Georgetown, Owen has stepped up to fill Blaire’s shoes as helmsman and 1st mate. While I work the sheets, halyards, and foredeck, Owen keeps us off the reefs and rocks:
We have explored some beautiful islands, investigating curious creatures and vital ecosystems:
Here, the water from Shroud Cay’s creeks and mangroves empties into the ocean with the outgoing tide:
Meanwhile, Owen is working hard in “boatschool.” Here he composes an essay as Strider reaches north in 20 knots of breeze. I’m sailing with a reefed main and staysail to make it easier to concentrate and type, though on the flat waters of the Exumas Banks we can still make more than 7 knots.
Next we sail for North Eleuthera and the Abacos, and by early May we should make landfall in north Florida. Check back in a couple weeks!