The Capt. C negotiating the crowd at Black Point...successfully
We spent a couple of days at Black Point doing laundry and renewing old friendships. Lorraine put on a great buffet that drew a big crowd. While there, the mailboat Capt. C came in. The anchorage was very crowded, but the Capt. C saw Fine Lion and gave us a big blast on the horn, then a bunch of the crew came out and began waiving. After they docked, I went up and said hello to Etienne (the Captain) and his brother Cephas. Remember we became friends while in the Ragged Islands. That was pretty cool actually.
That's Etienne waving from the bridge
Then on to Staniel Cay and the Big Majors anchorage (home of the swimming pigs...and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club). We had even more friendships to renew along with getting some fuel. We always have fun at Staniel Cay. We love the bar at the YC...good food, drinks, and people.
The weather forecast said we'd have a good sail for the next couple of days...15-18 kts from the ESE. That meant a great beam reach...and it was delivered as promised. We stopped overnight at Highbourne Cay. Highbourne is a "playground" for the mega yachts. They set up their toys on the beach and make it a very busy place. We anchored between a couple of 150 footers and just watched the crews working their butts off making the guests happy. Think $$$$$$$$.
The 150 ft. "mother ship"
Remember my talking about the "needy" newbies? Well, I have to say I ran into a guy who is "needing" to have the newbies follow his directions on a daily basis. He has a newbie close beside him and he guides him on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. It was unreal. The newbie will call and ask the most basic question and the "tour guide" gives the answer...over and over. So...this is obviously a mutually beneficial relationship. One needs help, and the other needs to provide help. That's a "boat marriage".
We left Highbourne and went to Nassau. We stopped at our first marina since November 20, 2013...at the same marina we were in at that time, Nassau Harbor Club. We like it because it has great staff, pool and laundry. It also is across the street from Fresh Market, a liquor store, a CVS, Starbucks, and some other stores. Nassau is a crazy place, so we don't stay long. The marina was filling up because of a front coming through Tuesday. We left on Sunday to go to the Berry Islands...Bonds Cay. We are planning on riding out the front behind Bonds. I'll let you know how it goes.
The cruise ships in Nassau. The one on the right is the Oasis of the Seas...the largest cruise ship in the world
And there are party boats...
After the front, we will have to hang around the Berries for a few days for the weather to settle down so we can make a crossing to the US.
Stay tuned for more...