Sunday - was a lazy day. Coleen and I headed off to the beach in the kayak around 9 a.m. She insisted that we bring a trash bag to clean the beach again. Unfortunately, it actually needed it -- It just amazes me that people are not more careful when the beach is such a treasure. It was a very windy day at the beach as the wind was plus 20 and coming directly onshore. I'd venture to say it was just on the tinge of being chilly. We relaxed and play for a few hours, and then headed back to the Glass Slipper. I made a traditional Connaughton fall Sunday lunch - my famous homemade potato soup and corn muffins. Coleen thought is was so yummy she had 3 bowls!.
The cook needed a short nap in the cockpit after all that work, but she just kept thinking about all that wind - and how she needed to get out for a sail. Soon she was up readying the boat with a second reef in the mainsail. After a close encounter with the mangroves which very nearly ripped off the bimini.... we headed over to the City Marina for a pump out, water, trash disposal and a mail run. I did not like the looks of things when we started our approach and the wind was pushing the water up and over the side of the dinghy dock! I had to keep a lot of power to have steerage, and then at the last minute slowed down and blew sideways alongside the pump out boat. Not a bad landing for a girl!
After we finished on our onshore business I had to try and get out of that place with the wind against me. Thankfully my little boat is very responsive and can turn on a dime - which we had to do - coming within just a few fit from ramming the dock full speed.
I decided to head out for that sail anyway figuring the worst that could happen is I'd get out there, turn tail and head back. It actually turned out to be one of the best sailing days yet and even with our double reefed main and a little jib we were making 4.5 knots with an almost nice comfortable motion -- and nothing went flying in the cabin this time !!
All too soon the sun began to sink and it was time to head back. We managed to get back into the anchorage just as dark fell, and bugs came out. It was a mad dash to light the mosquito coils, put up the netting and get settled in the cabin. Coleen and I both had HOT showers - compliments of our engine running - and did that feel good, as we'd had cold showers all week. We had popcorn and brownies for dinner, read for a while and turned in early! I guess even my relaxing days are not all that lazy :-)