Sleep and a Tilt-A-Whirl Ride!

Who knew that sleep on a Tilt-A-Whirl ride is impossible?  Making it worse?  David at 7 AM ….   “hey honey, can we make coffee?”

Sunrise over Chino Island (across ICW from Captiva Island).  Good MORNING world!

Sunrise over Chino Island (across ICW from Captiva Island). Good MORNING world!

COFFEE?  Is he NUTS?  I’ve been awake for 25 hours (yes, I counted), I’m hanging on for dear life (actually clipped onto the lifelines with my trusty inflatable harness) and he wants me to go below and make COFFEE?

What happened to the settings on the camera?  Yikes, but kind of a cool dolphin effect....  Dolphins in the ICW ... twice!

What happened to the settings on the camera? Yikes, but kind of a cool dolphin effect…. Dolphins in the ICW … twice!

I’m not so young anymore.  There was a day that 25 hours straight was just getting started, but that’s not today.   And poor David is older … and he wants coffee.   So I make coffee …. on the Tilt-A-Whirl.    In the sink. The Keurig isn’t happy.    But we struggled through.

Did you know that nothing tastes as good as hot coffee after 25 hours awake on a Tilt-A-Whirl ride?  If you try it, I can recommend using a travel cup … otherwise there would be hot coffee everywhere.  And get one that doesn’t leak… my coffee cup leaks …

So how did an overnight that started out so perfect, end up so topsy turvy?

Our buddy boat, s/v Swell Ride ... and pots ... lots of crab pot mazes headed south.

Our buddy boat, s/v Swell Ride … and pots … lots of crab pot mazes headed south.

Most of the 130 mile sail from Chino Island (the other side of the ICW from Captiva/Sanibel Islands) to Stock Island/Key West was very pleasant. The crab pot mazes were hell, no logic, rhyme or reason. Our buddy boat caught two pots, but luckily since they were just sailing, there was no line wrapped around the prop, get in the water to cut it off trauma.

Eating under sail is just easier in a flat bottom serving bowl -- something edible with a spoon, such as Garden Stew.

Eating under sail is just easier in a flat bottom serving bowl — something edible with a spoon, such as Garden Stew.

At times we were wishing for more wind (be careful what you wish for!), but the seas were 1′ or less and all was wonderful.  Dinner was easy – I could have gotten away with no pot restraints or gimble, but I chose to be cautious, always a good idea while cooking on a moving platform like a boat.  🙂

A glorious sunset with s/v Swell Ride in the distance.

A glorious sunset with s/v Swell Ride in the distance.

Sunset was picture perfect … moonrise (two nights before a full moon makes for a wonderful moonlit night) … Orion is still there, marching across the sky all night long, guarding us from harm….  This sail was spectacular – great news since we haven’t sailed an overnight since we sailed 5 days straight back from Isla Mujeres, Mexico 4 years ago.  The Exumas didn’t require an overnight, just a couple before dawn mornings.

Just after midnight everything changed – why is it everything always goes haywire at midnight? At least this trip, I was smart and gave David the midnight to 3 AM watch!

More dolphins sailing south .... several pods of several dolphins played with us several time.  Amazing.  I love dolphins!

More dolphins sailing south …. several pods of several dolphins played with us several times. Amazing. I love dolphins!

I think we got lucky.  The forecast was for 18-22 knots, from the northeast – behind us for once – and gusty.  The reality was that until we were 40 miles north of the Northwest Channel Sea Buoy (Key West) we had 14 knots from the NE and a perfect ride.  Then in an instant, the waves decided to come from two different directions, too close together and we found that s/v Winterlude makes a great bobbing cork!

Overall it must have been a great overnight sail.  There wasn’t a single moment I was sure I was going to die.   🙂

 

Comments

  1. Gary Coppola "Cool Runnings" says:

    We have done the overnight to KW once, bad weather and lots of crab pots. In October we took our time and did Punta Gorda to Pellican Bay then to Marco, anchored offshore in the Everglades then on to KW. The only respite from crab pots was in the Everglades park. At times the pots were so thick with sun in our eyes that we had to navigate them using a bow watch. But, all in all, a week at Fantasy Fest was worth it.

    • We navigated for several hours with me sitting on the bow and our headsets on. Turned out OK because the dolphins kept playing with the bow which was awesome, although my Captain kept complaining they were distracting his watch crew. 🙂

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