All the way to Hopetown, Elbow Cay
26 January 2009 | Hopetown Harbour
Sunny and warm!
Well, we've had a rather exciting weekend.
we rose early friday morning in GTC, , collected the laundry off the clothesline, and headed out of Black Sound at high tide so we could clear the sandbar.
A three work wait for the ferry to arrive with our propane tanks, then off we go to start sailing south, past Noname Cay, around Whale Cay, and down the west side of Great Guana Cay to the tiny port of Settlement, where we anchored outside and went ashore to explore the small town and cross over the cay to the Atlantic side where we enjoyed an oceanview bar called Nippers, and Louise and Ginny had a long stroll on the beach.
Saturday was a nice sunny day, and we continued south past Marsh Harbour and sailed directly to Hopetown on Elbow Cay, a VERY picturesque small village founded in 1785 and famous for it's beautiful lighthouse which was built in 1863 by the British.
It is still fully operational, works on an brass kerosene lattern, hand wound ever two hours, and visible for 20 miles.
The weather has improved so we've spent lots of time swimming, snorkelling, cycling, and sampling the fine restaurants within walking distance of the harbour.
With the sunshine, the solar panels are working to fully maintain the battery banks and the water maker is working daily to provide 3 gallons in two hours, which is all we need for the four of us.
Our lovely guests ( Bill and Ginny) are catching a water taxi tomorrow morning to Marsh harbour, then a flight to Nassua, and after a wild night at the casino, back to Ottawa on Wednesday.
They have been wonderful company and enjoyed the sunshine and sailing. Bill's even wondering about the possibility of getting into boating..........