|Sunset off Olcott Beach|
Left the Scarborough Bluffs yesterday morning at 10.30 ish. The forecast called for very light winds and beautiful sunshine. What to do? Wait for better air to cross. I might never leave. So, I bit the bullet and set out. Put all sails up in a nice breeze of 7 - 8 knots, then 9, 10 and up to 12 by afternoon. The boat speed gradually increased from a 3 to a 5.5+ knots. What started out to be a 10 hour crossing quickly became a 6 1/2 hour sail!
What is different about this trip is that I am alone. No buddy boat. The faulty autopilot and its repair date left me unable to make firm plans with anyone. The more I adjusted to the idea of sailing alone, the more I welcomed it.
I pulled into Olcott Yacht Club at 5.30 last night. The heat! The best beer in the world is the one you have once you've tied up the boat after a hot day on the water. I watched the anglers parade back in from the lake as their slight wake made the boat rock gently. The biggest decision of the night: to eat out or in. If Oak Orchard is the next port of call, fine dining will be on board. So, I gave the cook a night off, headed for the club house where I ordered a seafood platter. Grabbed a nice cold shower while I waited. As the sun set in the west, I enjoyed my takeout meal and a crisp Mission Hill Chardonnay. And a good night's sleep it was.
Today the forecast is calling for rain and possible thunderstorms before 2 pm. I'm in no rush. I might stay another day. If I do, I'd like to anchor upstream beyond the bridge for tonight. I think I've heard Annika say that it's nice there.