Day 2 (April 18th, 2016)
Wind: 10 – 15 knots
Venice to Sanibel
Today was a good day of sailing. The winds were lighter than yesterday, which the kids and I enjoyed so much more. We headed down the coast and decided to anchor off the beach off Sanibel Island on the Gulf side. With the easterly winds, we were fine anchoring in the Gulf. To start off with, it was very bouncy…waves coming at us from heaven only knows where, and both Ben and Gaby were feeling a little seasick. It seemed to calm down overnight and by morning it was calm and we all managed to get some sleep! We anchored together with our new found “buddy boat” – Jay of s/v Nikita, whom we met in Venice. Jay is also heading to the Keys, but is making a stop in Fort Myers today to replace a sail that was damaged during his trip today.
The most exciting thing that happened today was a little bird that flew into our boat. It flew into the salon and we were worried it was going to fly down into the cabins. It must have been exhausted, because it didn’t want to move. Eventually it flew outside and rested some more before venturing to the outside lifelines. It took off, but came back to rest some more before flying off to shore. We wanted to get a picture, but our cameras were all inside, and we didn’t want to take a chance to get them, while birdie was inside! Such are the worries that we now face!