Now That's Sailing
26 April 2008 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos
Saturday and Sunday were race days in Marsh Harbour and we had ringside seats. Little boats were flying back and forth all day long as young folks and older folks zipped in and out among the vessels at anchor in the harbour.
Mike on Sapphire took this shot of us, as Jim and I moved from one side of the boat to the other watching skippers clear our anchor chain or stern by no more than a foot sometimes. If I had it to do again, I'd get my family into dinghies like this when they were young. In fact, it would be great experience for anyone at any age. That's how we really learn to sail - in a little boat with a tiller, a mainsheet and a centerboard. Jim and I spent many hours sailing our Invitation (a Bombardier boat like a laser) at Amherst Shore, honing our skills, and ending up in the water when we didn't get it just right. It would be a pile of fun to do it with lots of other little boats in warm water!
We paid a visit to Long's Landing Seafood store and picked up some fresh mahi-mahi, along with a bag of ground conch ready to be made into fritters and a bag of field ripened tomatoes. Ooh yes - the eating is good. One more trip to the large and well stocked grocery stores filled our larder again, and we bought a couple of cases of Ginger Beer to take along with us. We have come to love that drink, with or without rum, and always with a squeeze of lime.
At the end of the day we introduced Nancy and Jim (Solitaire) to the delights of Dark & Stormies - the "with rum" version, and then on our way home, we stopped to visit our neighbours, Lori and Ian on Lorian - a Morgan Classic. They hail from Sarnia and are having a fine first year cruising.and learning to sail this boat - their first!