Sarah Grace goes to sea
Chris Yerbury and Sophy White
Sat 17 Mar 2007 12:33
Cayo Largo, Cuba, 14th March 2007
Hi all, we are still anchored in a lagoon having a rest after all the sailing. It is beautiful here. If you can imagine a strip of sand about five feet high and thirty miles long and two miles wide: that's Cayo Largo. It is surrounded by smaller cayes, with turquoise clear channels separating them, and stands of mangrove. There is the very odd pine tree, which stands up very tall above the mangrove. Apart from that it's all sea. The mainland is about forty miles away. It is very quiet, apart from the wind and the sea. We are a bit tired from being up last night with thunderstorms. We all ended up jammed in the focsle bed, away from the chain plates. Even with your eyes shut inside the boat, it still goes sunbright on your retina when the lightning flashes. The thunder and the rain were pretty fierce. The depth alarm kept going crazy, maybe because the water was disturbed.
Chris now has chains attached to the mast and stays, dangling into the sea. The GPS is in the oven. This is meant to prevent damage in case of lightning strike.
We had another good dose of thunder and lightning this morning during school, which disrupted it a bit. One does feel rather exposed two feet away from a huge metal post (the mast) sticking up into the sky, surrounded by flat sea! We are hoping for a bit more peace and quiet tonight.
Yacht Jem are leaving tomorrow for Cayo Rosario, and we will peel off to Mexico on Monday. We feel very sad saying goodbye and will miss all the bad jokes, hospitality and general entertainment eg. running aground that they provide .
There is quite a strong current running north between Cuba and Mexico so we will try and be a bit south before we cross over. It will be around a two day passage, the first half hopefully not too rough hiding behind Cuba and the cayes, the second half actually crossing the Yucatan channel, around three hundred odd miles.
Yesterday we dinghied out to another caye and found dozens of enormous iguanas. Chris waved a banana at one, and the five foot long iguana jacked it's body off the ground, and turned from a lazy crawling sunbather into a snaking torpedo, running at Chris with it's mouth open. Chris's danger instinct is still sadly undeveloped, so he stayed gamely in situ, kneeling, with his hand holding out the banana towards the charging iguana. It opened it's mouth wider, and closed it on the entire banana and half of Chris's thumb. 'Ow!!!' he shouted, finally jumping into the air backwards, 'I thought it would just take it out of my hand!' Despite the fact that it bit him so hard that his thumb nail was deeply scored, all the onlooking crew found this side-splittingly hilarious. No blood was drawn, so I don't think he has caught any more nasty diseases.