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Return to Highborne CayJeff
Friday August 22nd 2008, Exumas
After fueling up and some additional internet time, we managed a noon departure from the anchorage just off Thunderball Grotto. This departure allowed us to take full advantage of the ebbing tide when entering Exuma Sound. We spend the day racing against sunset and dodging thunderstorms enroute to Highborne Cay. We entered the cut at Highborne just as the sunset. We anchored on the sound side of Highborne. In the days fading light, we folded up and secured Origami on deck in preparation for the longer crossings that will deliver us back to the United States: Highborne to Nassau - Nassau to Chub - Chub to Bimini - Bimini to Miami. With any luck the next time Origami hits the water we will be back in the US.
AdderlyCut and beyond!Jeff
Thursday August 21st 2008, Exumas
We got an early start to catch the low, slack tide in Adderly Cut (see image). The spire just behind Anne is the traditional form of navigational aid for these waters. During the salt trade in the 1600's fires would be build at the base of these spires to inform passing ships that this was a safe harbor with salt available for trade. Pirates and scavengers would build false beacons to lure unwary vessels into shoals Once grounded the hapless vessels were easy prey. The spires remain and we have yet to encounter any nasty pirates. We have encountered numerous wana-be pirates that are eager to share rum and stories.
Tug & Barge RocksJeff
Wednesday August 20th 2008, Lee Stocking Island
The winds out of Georgetown died as we reached the Sound. We anchored off of the Caribbean Marine Research Center at Lee Stocking Island. NCOBS Sea Kayak Staff know this area well and will recognize the image included of "tug & barge rocks". It is very odd to be in this area in a vessel other than a sea kayak. I am amazed how different everything looks being 7 feet above the water in the sailboat rather than two feet in a sea kayak.
Bye Bye Georgetownjeff
Wednesday August 20th 2008, Exumas
We have learned through friends in Everglades City that Sunset Island was flooded during TS Fay's passage. The lower east and west cottages have 1/2" of mud inside, there was damage to the fresh water system, there is no power on the island, and the jon boat dock is only hanging on a single piling. Unsure of other damage and worried about our home we are sailing north. With luck and fair weather we will return to Everglades City within two weeks.
Monday August 18th 2008, Stocking Island, Exumas
We are still lingering in Elizabeth Harbor. The reliable internet connection in the harbor has allowed us to track Fay and kept up updated on her torment of FL. We know she made landfall within 20NM of our home, Sunset Island. Our future travels will depend largely on the reports we expect to receive on any damage to the Outward Bound Basecamp. We are keeping our fingers crossed.
Fay is tracking south & west of our position!Jeff
Saturday August 16th 2008, Elizabeth Harbor
With growing certainty we can say the TS Fay is going to travel south and west of our position. We will remain here in Georgetown a few more days to be certain of her progress. This is good news for us here in the Exumas, but now it looks as though Sunset Island and our friends in southern FL need be concerned about Fay's track.
killing time in GeorgetownJeff
Thursday August 14th 2008, Elizabeth Harbor
We are stalled here in Georgetown waiting to see what the low pressure system to our south is going to do. Anne is feeling better and better with each passing day. We have signed up for a week of wifi service with a local provider. Having an internet connection allows us check the weather, catch up on some work, and update our friends. We are also stocking up on naps and consuming the library of books aboard C'est la Vie.
When is checkout time?Jeff
Tuesday August 12th 2008, Georgetown, Exumas
Anne seems to be on a slow rebound. She did manage to consume most of her P&P pancake breakfast. Determined eke every second of air conditioning, TV, and internet out of our room we lounged around until just after the noon check out time.
Down for the count at the Peace & PlentyJeff
Monday August 11th 2008, Georgetown, Exumas
Anne is sick. We think is may be something she ate at the Chat'n'Chill cookout. I am as of yet unaffected, but Anne spent last night heaving into the head on C'est la Vie. In an act of compassion I moved the boat to town and got a hotel room at the Peace and Plenty (P&P) in Georgetown. The image included is of the patio area of the P&P. Volleyball Beach is visible in the background, left of the flag poles.
Sunday August 10th 2008, Stocking Island, Exumas
Every winter hundreds of cruising vessels arrive in Elizabeth Harbor, Exumas and create a vibrant floating community. The floating community is very important to the local economy. Many businesses cater to the population of cruisers that inhabit the harbor from December - April. Currently there are approximately 10 occupied cruising vessels in the harbor.
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