Sailing aboard the Compass

Today we set sail on the Compass, a Peterson 44 sail boat, for half day cruise along the bay of Bonaire.  The weather has been perfect every day with a near constant high of about 87 degrees during the day and 81 at night and today was no exception.  Captain Wim, and his mate Marianne were welcoming and hospitable.  We shared the boat with a couple from Holland who are in Bonaire on holiday and Max, Wim’s adorable little dog who obviously spends lots of time at sea. You can see him reclining on the bench seat in the photo here.

Captain Wim

Captain Wim and Max relaxing on the seat

Wim encouraged us to make ourselves at home and to sit anywhere we liked on the boat so long as we held on as we walked so we didn’t pitch over the side.  Chandler, Matt and I spent a lot of time on the top deck in the sun while Riley chatted with the others in the shade of the canopy.  Max happily ran to the bow and back to the cabin flopping down on the deck and hanging his head over the side.

Wind in the sail

Wind in the sail

We feasted on mango juice, brie, tuna rolls, rainbow cake, and melon personally served throughout the cruise by Wim and Max while watching the occasional schools of flying fish leap out of the water and skitter across the swells. The wind was so stiff at times the boat leaned so far to the starboard side it seemed as if it could tip right over. We made great time sailing toward the salt flats.  We could see the shimmering dunes of salt along the shore line and kite surfers in the distance.  There must have been 30 or so kite surfers near the South end of the island.  As we came closer, the colors of the kites really stood out against the blue sky, creating an interesting sight.

The Compass

The Compass

Chandler told Wim he was interested in learning to sail so Wim invited him to take the helm.  Marianne gave instructions on how to steer, to listen to the sound of the sails to know when to turn and to keep clear of the light blue patches of water.  He was quite surprised by the force the water creates and the strength required to keep it steady. He relinquished the helm as we neared the shoreline, relieved to not be responsible for steering around the point.

Captain Chandler

Captain Chandler

Three hours flew by in no time.  We had such as great time I hope we can do it again.  I wish I had a card reader for my Canon to upload some of those photos but I didn’t bring it with me. Riley did a great job getting these with the waterproof camera.

Enjoying the view with Max

Enjoying the view with Max

 

 

 

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