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Anthem Adrift
Last Nerve
02/08/2009, Clarence Town - Long Island

February 8

Offered to host snacks and movie last night, but weather too ugly for one and dinghy too frail for the other. Instead, invited for dinner. Cool! Win points for offer plus free meal. Missed scheduled HF call to Mike Hawkins at 1900. Dude! Free food. Cooked by someone who knows how. What's a mother to do?

KISS wind generator has performed sepuku (sp?); bit the dust; seen the green weenie. She's a goner. Electric brake remains on regardless switch position. That or alternator? Former may allow fix, otherwise probably dead to Provo (behold, the triumph of hope over experience).

Another day of ennui. Motion underway can be tiring, but not as wearing in same way as jumping around on the hook with howling wind (perhaps because of less engagement in boat operation). Thus, dinked in to Rowdy Boys Bar & Grill for breakfast and internet. (screeching child forcing reconsideration of action). Batelco (Bahamas Telephone Co.) has dropped ball again, but omelet was good.

Expect easing conditions Monday, then worst yet Tuesday. What's a mother (mothah?) to do? May stage to Little Harbour, 10 NM down the coast, during the respite, for better wind angle, shorter jump Wednesday in settling conditions (another triumph of hope over experience?) to Crooked Island's Landrail Point.

Jack


Dancing?
02/07/2009, Clarence Town - Long Island

February 7

Eighteenth anniversary yesterday for couple on Sunborne, Nothing says "I love you" like a boat ride in 8 foot seas, getting drenched in sea water. Couple in Rapscallion broke their dinghy transom on the reef accompanying me back from libation and chowder at bar last night. They're spending today with epoxy and spare bits to fix. The romance of cruising is undeniable.

Boat is dancing like a nervous thoroughbred, but well protected against 25+ winds. Four of us at anchor, some in marina, all waiting for break in weather. For Dolphins, Pete & Dee Schwartz on Windlass are pinned in Jumentos. They plan return to Long Island as able.

Strolled Clarence Town, today. Two very pretty Anglican churches. Everything else closed except bars and restaurants. Well... I AM trying to support the local economy.

Jack

PS If you have checked my location, ignore the one 120 NM due north of Georgetown. Oops! Latitude entered was 2 degrees off. 25 should have been 23.


Lapping Up Spilled Beer
02/06/2009, Clarence Town - Long Island

February 6

I lied (You may come to recognize this as a common occurrence). Spoke with new friends from Georgetown, Horst & Sharifa, on a Whitby 42 - sailed in to Port Nelson Roadstead, yesterday. Being familiar with Clarence Town, they convinced me it was safe under current conditions. Five and a half hour, increasingly rolly, very broad reach. Last two with occasional 10 foot breaker. Not as bad as it sounds. Anchored under Strachan Cay across harbour from town. Good protection from sea, but not wind.
May be here for several days, but at least two days further along.

Heard an admission that a large portion of bail out package has been wasted. I am distraught at totally unpredictable consequence of selfless activity by elected representatives. Fortunately, most is surely being well and efficiently shovelled out.

Two observations from a bike ride into settlement, yesterday. 1) Saw a well-maintained, 22 foot travel trailer in someone's yard. First, have never seen a vehicle on the island large enough to haul it. Second, the island is maybe 8 miles long. Where's it going to go? 2) Woman passing by in her car called "Hello... wrong side." I ride facing traffic. As you may be aware, this is purposely done. Considering quality of Bahamas driving, desire moment of reflection prior to potential, imminent
demise. For pre-planning purposes have considered last second Buddhist conversion so as to reincarnate as Schooner Wharf Bar dog. Weighing pros and cons. Hope to decide prior to necessity.

Jack


Bugger!
02/05/2009, Rum Cay - Sumner Point Marina

February 5

Too parsimonious to remain Sumner Point Marina until weather improves for proceeding south and east, likely a week or more. Backtracking grates, but may ride out northerlies in Georgetown. Wish I had crew for this segment to allow more options. Any sailors out there thrashing about for something to do next two weeks? Georgetown has a bounty of flights from US. Provo and Puerto Plata near Luperon are replete with return service. Blow off that silly job. Give your wife (husband?) a break, she (he?) will forever be grateful. Luxury accommodation, gourmet food, fame and adventure await.

Parried all attempts to force consumption of mass quantities last night. Watched Rambo at the Green Flash then sacked out for Chris at 0630. Ref. info from that, one more day here, then into the Wayback Machine. Sudden urge to check Chat 'n' Chill for waitress with cantilevered INDs (infant nutrition devices).

Engaged in no recognizable productive activity yesterday or this morning. Beginning to be enamored by sloth. Considered trying other deadly sins, but what's the point if no fun. Gluttony OK occasionally, but lust would result in death by Liz and everything else not worth the effort. Getting nervous. May go polish stainless (BTW anybody know why it's called stainless?)

Jack


Is It Rum?
02/04/2009, Rum Cay - Sumner Point Marina

February 4

Chris predicted wind above 20 and seas building past 8' by arrival Mayaguana, then worse until next week. Better stuck in Rum, then maybe hit Clarence Town and/or Atwood Harbour, Aklins as north wind eases. Should begin to foster habit of relaxing or else find myself in Chaguaramas by April and wonder what happened.

Critical need found to trim lines, repair varnish, make wind vane control line, reduce rum locker. Besides, Rich & Terry, who are headed in their Cat to V.I. to do crewed charters, are a fun couple. They do have an unfortunate proclivity to promote copious consumption of adult beverages. Sound suspicious? Too many excuses? "It's OK officer, I was headin' home doin' 100 for safety reasons. After 28 beers and 9 shots I wanted to limit the time I was a danger to other drivers."

Here's something of limited interest. The Peace and Plenty bathroom has new style urinals. Redolent of Germany where toilets have a depository shelf which a flush sluices to a well in front. This was for scatology fans... you know who you are.

Inspiration for the day: (hilarious or distasteful?)
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it."
- Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts

Jack


Smooth?
02/03/2009, Rum Cay - Sumner Point Marina

February 3

Fun game last night. Hooted with group who were themselves new acquaintances. Tenor of crowd for Steelers initially, then swung to Cardinals as contest progressed. Commercials not too bad.

Dinked to town early with clothes for the Exuma Docking establishment still overlorded by Laundry Nazi. Five foot nothin' of unquestioned authority. I fear her.

The station that was closed yesterday (advertises self-serv all day Sunday) has both fuels today, so scurried back for jugs. Due superior organizing skills (stop laughing, Liz!), finished all tasks, including four trips across Sound plus leisurely breakfast, before 1100. May return for additional diesel, but am sanguine (not the definition referring to blood) about chance of survival without. Sailboat! Surprised and devastated by environmental catastrophe overfill while emptying jerrys into tank,
indicating only 22 gallons used since Tierra Verde. Sailboat!

Kudos to individual breaking speed record rounding Regatta Point into Kidd's cove. Remember that famous scene in "The Perfect Storm" just before the trawler capsizes? It wasn't like that at all, however, consequent dousing was quite bracing.

Weather porthole (smaller than window) may open tomorrow morning after departure (he said hopefully) for staging to Rum Cay, then for run to protected anchorage south side Mayaguana (pronounced May Guana) Wednesday into Thursday morning. Sea state bodes ill from then through weekend. Prefer to stop Clarence Town or Aklins, but both poopie (esoteric nautical term) in strong northerly. May be forced to abide with rum... err, in Rum until next week, but easterly is forecast to reassert by then, thus
occasioning vexing slog to windward.

Jack

PS Forgot title yesterday in haste to abuse happy hour. Should be "Relaxed". Also am finding input of previous locations disencouraged (not a real word) by system.


I'm Game
02/02/2009, Georgetown

February 2

Fun game last night. Hooted with group who were themselves new acquaintances. Tenor of crowd for Steelers initially, then swung to Cardinals as contest progressed. Commercials not too bad.

Dinked to town early with clothes for the Exuma Docking establishment still overlorded by Laundry Nazi. Five foot nothin' of unquestioned authority. I fear her.

The station that was closed yesterday (advertises self-serv all day Sunday) has both fuels today, so scurried back for jugs. Due superior organizing skills (stop laughing, Liz!), finished all tasks, including four trips across Sound plus leisurely breakfast, before 1100. May return for additional diesel, but am sanguine (not the definition referring to blood) about chance of survival without. Sailboat! Surprised and devastated by environmental catastrophe overfill while emptying jerrys into tank,
indicating only 22 gallons used since Tierra Verde. Sailboat!

Kudos to individual breaking speed record rounding Regatta Point into Kidd's cove. Remember that famous scene in "The Perfect Storm" just before the trawler capsizes? It wasn't like that at all, however, consequent dousing was quite bracing.

Weather porthole (smaller than window) may open tomorrow morning after departure (he said hopefully) for staging to Rum Cay, then for run to protected anchorage south side Mayaguana (pronounced May Guana) Wednesday into Thursday morning. Sea state bodes ill from then through weekend. Prefer to stop Clarence Town or Aklins, but both poopie (esoteric nautical term) in strong northerly. May be forced to abide with rum... err, in Rum until next week, but easterly is forecast to reassert by then, thus
occasioning vexing slog to windward.

Jack

PS Forgot title yesterday in haste to abuse happy hour. Should be "Relaxed". Also am finding input of previous locations disencouraged (not a real word) by system.


Relaxed
02/01/2009, Georgetown

February 1

Wind is a more relaxed east 15 today. Harbour a bit livelier. Jeans return to wardrobe.

Breakfasted at the Peace and Plenty Hotel looking out through picture windows and wide open doorway to Stock Island anchorage a mile across the white-cap speckled, aqua water of Elizabeth Harbour. Light blue, hazy sky above. This is a chamber of commerce vision.

Not a revelation, but watching several old men talking over coffee was exactly like at a Paris sidewalk cafe or at the old hotel coffee shop in New Richmond, WI and probably everywhere else. Old friends earnestly expounding on how things were, are or ought to be and impatiently explaining how if only everyone would listen to them...

Emptied all the jerry can diesel into the integral tank thinking to refill them and gas in town. After shlepping four cans across to G'Town discovered that there's no gas or diesel. "Ship come in tomorrow, maybe Tuesday". Maybe not. Planned to round-trip with laundry, but got waylaid by a delightful couple from Texas on a CSY 37 and 'wound up drinking all night'... no wait, that was Buffett. Anyway, talked until nearly time for happy hour at the Chat 'n Chill. Have to fill that square then
meander over to St. Francis for kickoff. 'A man's got to know his limitations'. (Plagiarism is my friend).

Jack

PS If you are interested in a map of my locations, you may find it at:
http://www.winlink.org/dotnet/maps/PositionreportsDetail.aspx?callsign=KI4UWV
May not.

Otherwise try:
http://www.winlink.org/userpositions
And search for my call sign:
KI4UWV (2nd character is I as in India).

Position and time are manually entered when sent, so errors are conceivable. Dates before West Bay, New Providence are incorrect.


The Big, Bad Wolf
01/31/2009, Georgetown

January 31

Hammer fell around 0530 with gradient wind at 25, gusting 30 in squalls. Protection OK. Enjoyed Chinese fire drills as two closest neighbors dragged, then re-anchored elsewhere, leaving extra room. Clouds also left by mid-morning Wind didn't get the memo. Front Monday night with strong wind boxing the compass may chase me, like the craven dog that I am, into Red Shanks. Currently displaying minimum enthusiasm for one mile dinghy smash into town for diesel, gas, produce, etc. Perhaps tomorrow.

Started Rosetta Stone for Spanish. Can now identify un nino, una avioneta y una muchacha. Prefer reverse order. Worked on egregious buzzing sound produced as wind generator approaches warp 6 in a fresh breeze. Eventually located and exorcised worst demons with hose clamps, inner tube rubber and special four-letter incantations. Still need to re-balance blades.

Anticipating Super Bowl commercials Sunday evening at St. Francis. Hear there is also a football game. Also anticipate consumption of adult beverages to ease agony in sympathy with soon to be devastated Arizona fans.

Jack


Prudent Cruising
01/30/2009, Georgetown

January 30

Left Little Farmer's Cay at 0900 in SSE wind for SE passage. Close starboard reach out into Exuma Sound was initially off rhumb line by 45 degrees. Sailed wind angle until veering breeze pulled course back to Conch Cay Cut, the entrance to Elizabeth Harbour, then eased sheets to maintain. Ghosted down toward G-town in dying breeze for arrival on anchor at 1700. Foresight called for puttering in to St. Francis YC for Goombay Smash. The prudent mariner always gets a head start on drowning his
sorrows for all potential catastrophes. Sufficient consumption of alcohol can reduce error potential, as well (see previous explanation).

Wind eases before passage of a weather system as if to gather itself to wreck havoc on unwary sailors. Should hide like a whipped puppy in Red Shanks anchorage for protection from 25 knot forecast overnight, but rolled dice that worst won't fill in until veering past long fetch. Hook is well set in anchorage chock-a-block with boats.

Familiar cruising ground so far has encouraged natural tendency to sloth in reference to planning route, henceforth. Likely to be: Rum Cay, Long Island (no, not that one), Crooked Island (no, not particularly), Aklin's, Plana Cays, Mayaguana, then on to Provo (Providenciales) in the Turks and Caicos. Began to study charts and "Gentleman's Guide to Passages South". Heck, I'm almost there. What could possibly go wrong?

Jack


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