We exited the cut from Cave Cay, and took the outside route to Georgetown, we were sailing on the outside, as opposed to inside the cays. We chose this as a more direct and quicker route to Georgetown, Exuma. The inside route is a little more tricky, and still calls for deeper draft vessels to exit in order to avoid some of the very shallow areas. There are a few areas in the inside route, that we would not be able to navigate with a draft of 6 1/2 feet. Taking the outside route was less stressful on a beautiful day such as this. Just set your sails, autopilot and enjoy. We had one of the most beautiful day-sails ever, and by the end of the day we were in Georgetown.
The wind was very close to the nose, sailing close hauled trying to keep our distance from the lee shore. We were still able to make good speed, about 6 knots in light conditions. We noticed a larger boat ahead, that we could not seem to catch, and he seem to be on the same line as us. Later when we met up with them at the Anchorage, I commented on what a nice sail we had today. Then they admitted that they could not sail that close to the wind, therefore, they had to motor sail all the way to Georgetown, in order to keep off the lee shore. This is one of the advantages of our boat, in conditions like this, we were able to save the iron genny from being pressed into operation, and we still managed to keep up with them.
Having the an autopilot surely has it’s relaxing advantages. We enjoyed the afternoon sail to Georgetown, with a bit of fishing, lunch, relaxing, and enjoying the great weather.