Lots to do before we sail off!
12 July 2011 | Staniel Cay...Goodbye!
We called Isles General Store to see how early we could bring our laundry in to have it returned late today? Not this week, waiting for a new washing machine! HER laundry is shoulder height and needs to be done and we are back to hand washing ours it seems, in a bucket. We do hope it rains!
We need diesel fuel...none on the island...and don't know when! Joan got Chubby to call Highborne Cay to see if they have fuel. That's a Roger. We have 20 gallons, a full inboard tank...and we should get 200 miles. Theoretically.
We need a new alternator belt, not here...so where? We seriously need to sail...and we are praying for wind!
We did get some provisions and met some great people throughout our day! First it was a cool dingy ride to Isles General Store, where Vivien Rolle was a sweethearat! Miss Flo Smith, at the Pink Pearl Grocery who had the greatest smile and wonderful stories (pictured here); Mr. Burke Smith who's letting the youngsters run things these days, just turned 82 and shared his triple bypass stories; and finally Miss Flo's neice who bakes the bread for all three markets is Rhonda, who, surprise is an angel! What a social day, nothing new for Altair's crew ever.
It didn't end there...our last stop was for RO water at the SCYC, where Joan hooked us up with lunch, ice and a large bill on the credit card...no ATM either.
All and all it was a great day! Joan is as much a part of this Yacht Club as the owners, but is leaving to marry an Andros man! She will be sorely missed!
It's time to say goodbye, dear sweet Staniel Cay! So short a visit, yet very rich in love!
OK, here's the latest plan: Meander up Pipe Creek, stop at Obrien's to dive the "Aquarium" for only one day, then go right on to Warderick Wells for just a day! After that, your guess is as good as ours, just hoping for an alternator belt to replace the one that is shredding like a carrot in a grater at a pace that's making our heads spin.
It's never dull on the wee sloop Altair!