Sunny, Light and Variable
02/25/2014, Cape Santa Maria, Long Island
Today Steve and I took a dinghy ride around Cape Santa Maria. The winds were light and the sea was settled. It was perfect for us to round the cape and view the monument from the sea. Absolutely breathtaking!!! The white cliffs were beautiful and there were a series of caves along the shoreline. I took several pictures but could only share one with this posting. The others are in the album of Cape Santa Maria.
Replenishing our Water
SE 8, Sunny
02/24/2014, Calabash Bay, Long Island
Replenishing our water was the only thing that Thompson Bay couldn't offer us. The anchorage had excellent holding, but the sand was very fine and constantly stirred up. It would clog our water filters and pump for our watermaker.
Two of our friends, Kioni and Sans Cles had also decided to move with us. Kioni is planning to head to the Caribbean and wanted to move closer to Cape Santa Maria with a departure planned on Monday. Sans Cles planned to head to Cat Island.
Saturday afternoon we all anchored at the southern tip of Calabash Bay and had a spaghetti dinner courtesy of Carpe Diem. We all brought food to share and enjoy. We met Brian and Fred who were charming hosts.
The next day Sans Cles sailed to Cat Island and anchored in The Bight. They wanted to visit The Hermitage, a replica of a European Franciscan Monastery.
On Monday Kioni departed for the Caribbean. We remained in Calabash to make water and fill our tanks. We are also enjoying the small resort here, Cape Santa Maria Resort. It also offers free wifi, so we were able to catch up with our blog, facebook and Facetime with our family. The connection there is quite fast and strong. We love our wifi antenna.
Sunny, SE 18-20
02/22/2014, Salt Pond/Thompson Bay, Long Island
Thompson Bay was a very comfortable anchorage for us for about a week. We met one of our old neighbors from Telemar Marina. Tim aboard Expatriate greeted us upon our arrival. Small world! We haven't seen Tim in a couple of years. He invited us to a small get together on the beach later that afternoon. We greeted JoAnne and Tim and they introduced to several other cruisers that were in the anchorage.
The next day we checked out the Island Breeze Resort. They offered many amenities such as laundry, propane, pizza parties, happy hours, lunch and dinner menus and above all, a warm and friendly atmosphere.
This area also offered grocery stores, fuel, and other miscellaneous supplies.
Steve was able to acquire a piece of pvc pipe for his outboard dinghy motor. He made it into an extension for the handle. He was very pleased because now he was able to stand while operating the dinghy. The local people in this area were very friendly. The only public dock was the government dock. The two docks that we used belonged to Long Island Breeze and Basil's dock. He was very generous. He operated Long Island Petroleum and his own personal dock was located closer to our anchorage and was very convenient to KC's and
the grocery store on the hill.
We enjoyed meeting our fellow cruisers at the Long Island Breeze for pizza parties, causal get-togethers and lunches.
Time to Move On!
Sunny, NE 10
02/16/2014, Eastern Channel
At this time just before Regatta Time, the anchorages in Georgetown tend to get a little crowded. We decided to move to Long Island since we were uncomfortable with our current anchorage. We opted to move to a less crowded and more appealing anchorage. This meant that we would not be around for the Regatta races and festivities.
Our departure took us through the Eastern Channel which would cut the distance down to Long Island. It was a light wind day and the water was a beautiful teal color. We traveled next to Little Exuma, Hog Cay and finally Sandy Cay or otherwise know as White Cay. White Cay was surrounded by beautiful white sand, water that was shallow and white and then finally light teal blue and shades of deeper teal. Gorgeous!
Sand Dollar Beach
Sunny, isolated showers
02/15/2014, Stocking Island
Every day we find ourselves venturing out on the pathways of Stocking Island. There are many pathways taking you to the Sound which has a beautiful beach. There are, however, a few other pathways that lead south to the Sound that have rocky beaches. Those trails are a bit more challenging, but the contrasting colors of the Sound and the variety of terrain offers fantastic scenery. Check out the album for Stocking Island and you will see the gorgeous seascape and landscapes.
Topping off the Fuel
Sunny, SE winds 15
02/06/2014, Lake Victoria, Elizabeth Harbor
Today was a little calmer, so Steve and I decided to top off our fuel by jerry jugs. We loaded the four jugs, trash, cart and ourselves into the dinghy. We are glad that our dinghy can carry all of the above.
First, we dropped off the trash and made a quick stop to the grocery store. We still needed green peppers and bananas for our delicious smoothies. Next, we hopped back into the dinghy and motored over to the Shell dinghy dock. Steve filled all four cans. It was much easier than Staniel and the price was less too. $5.50/gallon.
Finally, the trip back was the hardest part of the trip. The tide was coming in to Lake Victoria and the winds had picked up. After exiting under the bridge we headed more south and then crossed over to Sand Dollar. We didn't get wet and we made the trip with ease.
Now we are ready for when the light winds come and we will head out for a new destination soon.