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Hope Town
Sunny 79 and breezy
02/21/2011, Elbow Cay - Bahamas

Hiya everyone - Hello from Hope Town, Elbow Cay where the weather is wonderful. We grabbed a mooring ball in the Harbor, and dinked in to the little town to check things out!! All the pastel homes, mostly old but some are being built as we speak!! Big price tags as well, some in the zillions!!! We walked the beach today, oh, did I mention that it had pink sand???? Well, sure enough, pink sand (more like regular sand with a lot of tiny bits of pink coral in it. I had to bring some home so I collected some, just for those of you who might not believe that there is such a thing!!

We took scads of pictures and will post them soon. They have an incredible light house here that still works on kerosene and is manned by some keepers that allow you to go up the spiral stair case and on to an observation deck. What a view from up there!!

So far, this is the best place we have visited. Other boats feel the same way and the harbor is full!! We plan on staying here for a week or longer to get a feel of it. There is a settlement here and more to see than where we have been, although Green Turtle Cay had alot to see and do as well. We will get the hang of things around here before we move on to Marsh Harbor (the big kahuna) where we will do some serious shopping and get the supplies that we need. I also want to look at some local artistry and maybe pick up something unique.

Anyway, for now we are here and will let you know what we plan to do. We are thinking about going snorkeling out to the reef, it's supposedly the third largest in the world. The beaches here are so beautiful and the sand is like powder!! I still find it hard to believe that we are truly here in paradise, eating lobster once a week, conch once a week, fresh fish once a week.....now if I could figure out a way to where I wouldn't have to cook....hummmmmmm!!

More later race fans....hey, who won Daytona??? It's been so long since we have watched any tv, wow!! Are the Celtics doing well??? Please leave comments, we'd love to hear from all of you...we hope you are all doing well, staying healthy and enjoying life......more later....

Lynda, David and Devil Dog!!!!!

02/21/2011 | Cup guy
Trevor Bayne. Ever heard of him? Thought so. Woods Bros. win the big one, again.
02/21/2011 | Kathy
Wow lots of seafood eating sounds great to me!! And pink sand...WOW! That is really cool! I love lighthouses too, hope you got a pic of it! Yeah, Michael Waltrip caused a big pile up in the 29th lap of the race wiping out #24, and #48 our favs. Total bummer there! Your trip sounds great, thanks for sharing! TTYL Kathy
02/21/2011 | Tom Morba
Did you say 79 degrees? We hit 29 degrees today with 6" of snow...hmmm...I think somebody's in the wrong place.

Enjoy!
02/22/2011 | tammy
I love clicking the "current postion" button and checking out where the heck you are!! eat some lobsta' for me!!
02/22/2011 | Juhrie Sizelove
Hi Mom and Dad...missing u soooo much...everything is good here.. Buddy misses you...I am soo glad everything is so beautiful.. I am glad you are having a great time!!
02/22/2011 | Juhrie Sizelove
By the way some twenty year old won Daytona....second time ever racing!!! LOL
02/22/2011 | Jose Cadena
Dave good to see you full of life, you are the Beacon of the Lighthouse and Hope Town is perfectly named for all good comes from Hope. I can see that you are truely traveling with your best friend. It warms my heart to see the love you have for each other and Devil Dog. Have some fresh catch for me, my prayers of joy will be echoing through the waves for you guys. I 'll bee sending you some sporting updates . Pink Sand, huh....Think you been in the sun to long Lol...Jose'
02/23/2011 | Steve and Sharon
Hey

just got bacl from daytona. speed week is better than old age sex. glad you see choctaw brave still bobbing around out there
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Great Guana Cay
warm real sweet / david
02/18/2011

Arrive Great Guana Cay Saturday the 19th.
Let go of our mooring at Black Sound , GTC,
and waived goodbye to Kevin - more like see you later , should be able to visit on the ride home.

Drove out on a incoming tide , a gorgeous day for a boatride .
7 to 8 kts , NE .

Only 15 -16 mile trip , Just below Green Turtle Cay is whale Passage , a trip out into the Atlantic around Whale Cay , about 6 miles in and out .

The passage can be dangerous and impassable with strong Northern winds , not today though , just a gentle 4-5' swell with a lil bit of chop ... nice......

Some of this channel , Loggerhead Channel , was dredged years ago for a cruise ship ...

They no longer come due to the frequent closure of the pass due to weather .

We arrived Great Guana Cay Harbour and hooked the boat up and so glad we move to deeper water as 1/2 of the harbor emptied out on an ebb tide due to the moon.
We all dinked in and went to world Famous Nipperws Bar and Grill overlooking what I would say is 1 of the top 10 beaches in the worls that I have seen.

Not much here really , a grocery store and a Marina with 5 slips out of 65 filled , very nice though .

The Island is an enclave for those with the ability to have vacation homes , or small hotels ( that Big ), they are sprinkled about the Cay .

So we walked the beach and took several photos , spent a little coin at the market , picked up some pork chops for dinner dinked back to te Brave and Grilled our dinner off the stern .The Full moon came up illuminating the Harbour , the town rolled the carpet up and it was a oh so peaceful sleepy night .

We shall be off in the morning to Hopetown , made arrangements days ago with Aaron at Hope Town Marina to take a mooring inside the Harbour , looking forward to spending a week or 2 there


Peace

David






02/21/2011 | Kathy
Wow...awesom shot of the pretty water...LUCKY!!!
Green Turtle Cay
02/16/2011

We have arrived in the Abacos with our arrival to Black Sound , not White Sound where the Americanized marinas are and far from the settlement

We were lucky to get on a mooring inside a well protected bay right next to New Plymouth , the settlement of about 450 people .

I did not like our location and the fact we were unable to access land thru the property.

Sooo, the next morning I ventured down to the Other Shore Marina and talked to the dockmaster Kevin who happens to be the lead guitar in a band called Gully Roosters , we toured the property and he showed me all the amenities , for a sawbuck a night , oh yea .........

This is a beautiful location , we toured the settlement , a pastel painting come alive and found some wonderful folks , this is it...... we are in Paradise and we are so grateful to find it , we shall stay here for some time so we can meet the folks explore the beaches , emmerse ourselves in the local flavor once again and enjoy ourselves ,

Talk to ya all soon

Dave

We met an old gentleman by the name of Vertrum Lowe, one of the original families of Green Turtle Cay who is a master model ship builder, he has a shop here and it was so facinating!! Took a lot of pictures and also learned that his brother is a famous artist and has his works of art in the local museum, we will be going there soon as well as visiting the local beaches. Dave is right, this place is beautiful and truly a bit of paradise. We'll write more later as well as add some terrific pictures of this Island. Enjoy!!

02/16/2011 | Sward
Sounds like great stuff. Glad your having an amazing time. So great to read about your adventures.

Weather is great here this week-80's
02/17/2011 | George
Thanks for sharing your "pastel paintings that come alive". All the best as you continue to add to your Bahamian art gallery.
Great Sale Cay to Spanish and Green Turtle Cays
David and Lynda - Sunny, then a bit of rain with some breeze
02/16/2011

Pushed off the dock at exactly low tide at 7:30 a.m., West End, and as expected, moderate winds from the North. After turning to starboard at Memory Rock, the winds gradually increased to 30-31 knots.

We were driving through a wind driven short period, 4 to 5 foot chop on a broad reach off the port quarter. It was about an 11 hour ride, covering 52-53 miles, concluding at Great Sale Cay. A huge anchorage with good protection from the N, NNE, NE, E winds. We were able to tuck up inside with our shallow draft. Five boats spent the night. The next day was spent forecast to blow and blow from the N - NE cold front (Feb 12)

So we decided to hang out and give ourselves a chance to preview the many Cays ahead on our route. We yawed back and forth all night but we slept with Lynda's new splicing and whipping.

Saturday night had the wind calming so we decided to pull the anchor and head for Spanish Cay. As soon as we left the harbor, the wind pipes up and we had to head into its teeth for six miles. But then.....we had a beam reach, 20-28 knots and we were kickin ass!!! We drove 42.9 miles and pulled into Spanish Cay at 3 to 3:30. We had a couple of hours late driving through a strong flood tide.

We had talked to Spanish Cay on our new BTC (Ba-tel-co) cell phone earlier in the day and they knew we were coming. When we get there I couldn't raise a soul on the radio, a 72-slip marina is empty. Suddenly, we have a dock hand hailing us, we put her in a slip, I bought some fuel, then the dock hand and another person drove out of the marina!! I walked around the beautiful grounds and everything was locked except the bar/restaurant. I walked inside, Big Screen is on loud with the "Godfather" playing. There are pool tables, shuffle board, darts and a ping pong table. Garth Brooks is on the speakers inside and outside at the swimming pool/jacuzzi and what a view --- nobody, no bodies!!!

HELLO! HELLO!! I walked back inside, found the showers, then returned to the boat and brought Lynda up to show her what I had found. Then a young lady appeared, Coretta - HELLO! Ok, ok, we need to check in, get the internet and maybe a burger, ok? And a tall tonic and lime!! I needed to go back to the boat and returned a short time later and found nobody!! No bodies!! HELLO! LYYYNNNDDDAAA!!! LLLLYYYNNNDDDDAA!!! I looked all over for Lynda then went back to the boat, did some shores and later came back to shower. I found Lynda with our cold drinks, Coretta and another fella. "Where were you guys?" We were right there, in another room checking in and never heard you calling for us!! I said "No....no...oh well, and went and took a shower.

We had a really great burger and went back to the boat and found no internet. So I took the computer and went up to the restaurant but everything was already locked up so I took a stool and spent two hours on the vanity in the men's room searching all the placed we wanted to go. I came back to the boat and slept like an old man.....real good!!

Crossing Northwest Providence Channel
David
02/09/2011, West End / Grand Bahama Island

Threw off the lines at 6:30 Wednesday Morn and hauled across the Channel .

was supposed to be 10 to 15K , clocking from NE to E TO SE. seas 4 to 6 .

all correct except 17-28 k all but a couple hours of a broad reach.
Without that we would not have rolled in here just before dark.

11 HOURS.

APPROX. 75 MILES

We shall check the weather and move on asap out on the little Bahama Bank .

I am excited , more uncharted locations for Daddy Oh and Mammasan.

Oh , oh yea , Jack too.

Saw hundreds of flyin fish today along with dolphin playing off the bow .
About 1/2 way across we noticed we were taking on water at about 5 gallons every 20 minutes .

So while Captain Lynda was at the helm bragging about 7.3 knots Daddy-oh was searching for a leak to no avail.

After we tied her up the leak stopped , not the stuffing box and not any thru hull I had looked at and that was all except the ones behind the new bulkhead hatch I installed in the after berth .

While Captain Lynda worked hard ahead of an approaching storm splicing a new rode / anchor chain connection due to the beating it took at Little Harbour Cay
I removed all our supplies from our storage locker ( after berth ) opened the hatch and found the hose / thru hull connection for the bilge pump to have a broken clamp. so the water was coming in
at the connection and some of the water I was pumping out was coming in .It's all good .........now .

I was grateful to find and fix it as I thought the leak was coming from the bow .

I enlisted 3 guys earlier, included myself and we all stood on the bow pulpit while the bob stay to hull connection was submerged , Lynda who was below found no leak , AARRRRRR !!

This is a great little Marina , and as I write a thunder storm has been passing thru , earlier I threw on the bathing suit and washed the boat while it poured , Ha . It's all clean..

Had chicken and rice pilaf for dinner and My gal is watching tv.


Met a couple German fellas, Tom and Martin on a 80's Hunter that they bought recently , this is all new to them though one of them , Tom , has sailed .

I was over talkin' to them earlier in the wind and rain , we are all going the same way .
Also an older couple , on a S&S 47' , our dream boat , built in the 80's , just draws to much for Florida and Bahamas .

out of here Friday morning , weather looks good .

Dave

02/22/2011 | tammy
Hey GUYS!! I love your photo. You both look so happy and relaxed!! Glad you having a great trip, andjust so you know I am one of those people that want to see your pink sand you are bringing home. I do believe you but want to see it too! xo Take care
Pictures from our friends on Bacon
02/05/2011, Quebec, Canada

Hi Everyone! We just got an email from our friends on the sailing vessel, Bacon, (The Bacon Boys!) They sent us a lot of pictures of our time together on Devils' Cay beach party, hiking Hoffmans' and Little Harbor Cay before the big blow. They even had pictures of the rescue boat that pulled us off the sand in Little Harbor. We enjoyed them very much, and hope you do as well. Thank you James and Jordi!! We're glad you made it home safely to Quebec!! Keep in touch!!

02/06/2011 | Kathy
Very pretty water!!! ;)
02/16/2011 | Barb
Great to know you've stayed in touch with James and Jordi! We were stunned to hear you went back to Bimini. Glad things are now going well. We are in Georgetown for the week, then hope to head south again on the 24th. Hugs.

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