Saturday, June 20, 2009

Leaving the protected anchorage of the small island off Havar was a tough decision. The winds were still strong and but they were forecasted to change. On ancor we could not quite tell their true direction. After weighing anchor we rounded the point and it became apparent that we could no not make our intended destination. The winds were east south east. We debated turning back to our previous anchorage after encountering 5 to 8 foot swells and watching 3 yachts 35 to 49 feet turn back. Oh and I forgot mention that before we left our anchorage we put 2 reefs in the main. We regrouped after old iron stomach (Harmony) got out the charts and found us a new destination; the island of Vis. The sail took us about 2 and half hours to cover the 15 or so miles. We had rain and clouds during the sail and we lost the use of one crew member to a bad case of sea sickness. The Heart of Gold has been through some really tough seas and this was not the toughest, but when we tossed our bow lines to fellows on shore at VIS the first out of their mouths was “were did you come from”…the next comment was foreign but is was ubiquitous in any language; they were pretty impressed!

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