The wind began to fill by 1330 and we were making way at 5-6 knots under main and genoa. What a great day for a sail. The wind came up to 13 and we were now trucking along at 6-7 knots, nice.
As we began to reach the headland where we would turn into the large bay at the entrance of the Lahave we spotted a large sailboat ahead of us also flying his main and genoa, well ok then. I will say right here I am not a racer and while cruising I set it and forget occasionally making and adjustment for a wind shift, however when there is another boat heading in the same direction as I am something primal in me changesJ Is Joyce is off watch she can tell right away when there is another boat around, all of a sudden sheets are being trimmed winches are grinding and I am actively steering, not leaving this up to Bobby Lee, and when she looks and see’s the other boat she laughs, here we go again.
We are definitely gaining on that boat, aren’t we Joyce? You know I think your right Scott, and all of a sudden Joyce becomes a racer and together we are getting every bit of speed out of Rose Lee possible. By now we know that he is heading in the same direction and it looks like he is pouring on the speed as well and now we are in a tacking duel and it’s with the nice Island Packet 46 that passed us a few hours earlier. We can see with the binoculars that they are working hard to keep their lead. Unfortunately………….for them Rose Lee stretches her legs with our help and waves good bye. And to our credit we did an amazing job of sailing Rose Lee, nice clean tacks and calling the wind tacking before we were shadowed by the land etc… Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Wow that felt good we couldn’t stop smiling all the way into the Yacht Club.