Sapphire...One day at a time.

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Back out on the ocean

26 January 2008 | Royal Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Thursday, January 24

We were raising the anchor at 6:15 in the dark and were underway by 6:30. Our plan today is to go out the Little Harbour cut and into the ocean for a 50 mile run down to Royal Island on Eleuthera. We had no difficulty in the cut and the ocean was perfect. We had swells from the east most of the day but the period was about 9 seconds which makes things pleasant. The trip was uneventful ... except for the fishing.

I had two lines in the water. One was a hand line with a snubber attached in the middle. The other was one of my old salmon rods for Lake Michigan wound with 50 pound test. I was running green and white squids about 50 to 60 feet back skipping between the waves trying to imitate a flying fish.

Before noon I hooked something small. Once it was in the boat, we got the fish book to see just what we had. It looked like a tuna shape but color and size were wrong. As it turned we had a small Blackfin Tuna which was cleaned, bagged and in the refrigerator immediately.

At some point in the afternoon , I was below checking the engine when Kathy was yelling something... when I got away from the engine noise it was clear that we had a fish on. She was holding the rod in the holder while the drag was screaming. I got the rod detached and started making some ground as Kathy took the helm to try turn us into the wind to slow us down some. At about this point I realized that there was also a fish on the our hand line .... it was going to be disaster unless I got that one in the boat first so I put the rod back in the holder and hauled in the handline. The fish was well hooked so I hoisted it over the side into the cockpit and grabbed the rod to try to land the second fish....after a few minutes we got it along side and I was able to get the net under and dumped it in the cockpit with his (really, they were "hers") buddy.

Neither of us needed the fish book for these guys... we had two 12 pound dolphin...popularly referred to in the seafood case as Mahi-Mahi. There are absolutely beautiful when they come out of the water...neon yellow...with bright blue and green hues.

Although the seas were a little rolly I took them to the foredeck, where we have access to water, and had them cleaned in a few minutes.

We arrived at Royal Island at about 3:30. Royal Island has a wonderfully protected harbor. Unfortunately, the once wild island, is being developed into a resort and although we can anchor, we can't go ashore. A front is supposed to go through tonight with winds up to 25k ... it's a great place to be even if we can"t go exploring.

Jim and Beth (Madcap) joined us for a grilled mahi mahi dinner and later we listened to the Spartans beat Northwestern.
Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: White Lake, Michigan
Crew: Mike and Kathy Steere
Sapphire's Photos - Sapphire...One day at a time. (Main)
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A bunch for lunch at the boat show
The Dilts house from the beach
Boats for sail, er sale.
Deltaville Marina
Lots of boats in the boat yard
The building
The pool area with the building in the background
Making the teak beautiful
Boat for sale
The marina and boat yard offices are in the same building.
Carol and Jimmy sharing a laugh.
Dinner in the clubhouse.
Cooking dinner
Nice . . . putt!
The foursome and the beverage cart girl (niece Betsy).
Sam, Matt, Mike and Esther went golfing at the Emerald where Sam works. I went along to take photos.
The washers tournament brackets.
The washers tournament at the pig roast.
Into the can!
Playing washers.
Sam can
Kids at the pig roast.
The party-catching up with each other.
Sapphire coming out of the water.
The racers getting ready to go.
The Navy ships coming in.
Sculpture of Alex Hailey in Annapolis.
Going back to the dinghy.
A house on Little Island across from Dobbins Island.
New cushion
Mike cutting the foam for the new cushion.
There is a nice sculpture garden in Quiet Waters Park.
Hmm, what would we call this.
The garden
Nice one!
Where are those crabs?
We ate the whole pile.
This is the pile we ate.
We love the bus!
Vero Beach
Under the signing tree
A well on Allans Pensacola-we
Ruins on Allans Pensacla
Allans Pensacola signing beach
Nancy cleaning conch
Mike cleaning conch
Conching from dinghies.
Sea turtle
On the beach where we found sea biscuits.
Yes, I shook his hand also.
Nancy shaking hands with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
Beth shaking hands with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
The man is playing cow bells and that is how the Bahamian beer, Kalik, was named-because of the sound of the cow bells. I am not making this up, it
Proud Junkanoo parader.
The start of the Junkanoo Rush.
King on the mountain.
I am the king 9or queen)!
The Maypole dance
A street in New Plymouth-looking the other way.
A street in New Plymouth
The Royal Bahamas police carried sticks, but not guns.
The Royal Bahamas Police Band.
The kids got to come to the festival on Friday and they had a tug of war and played other games. What a field trip!
The Prime Minister and some school children.
The beach at Green Turtle.
A food booth-they had great conch salad.
The actors became pirates at night.
The actors and children.
The actors paraded the festival.
Hermit crab races-we are easily amused!
The races in Marsh Harbor and Madcap.
This is Dr. Cottman
I want to work here!!
A curly tail-they are everywhere
A view of the ocean through the palm trees next to the house named "Costa Lotta" on Man-O-War Cay.
A street in Man-O-War walking toward the ocean.
A street in Man-O-War.
The ferry we rode over to Man-O-War.
Tahiti Beach from Cracker P
Cracker P
Tahiti Beach
Another view of Tahiti Beach
You can wade forever at Tahiti Beach.
A view of the harbor from the light house.
The light house in semi-darkness.
View from Harbour Lodge
View from On Da Beach.
The narrow streets of Hope Town.
Some houses in Hope Town.
A street(?) in Hope Tow.
This is one crowded harbor!
The light house
If it dies, decorate it!
Barry and Susan on the beach.
One of the decks at Nippers.
The pools at Nippers.
The birthday girl in her skirt.
Relaxing at Nippers and looking at the ocean.
So true!
Brown Tip leading the rake
Limbo at the Jib Room.
The head-the shower is on the left, sink on the right.
The saloon and dining table.
The galley with top opening refrigerator.
One of the two aft berths. The other is used for storage unless we have compnay. Erin might recognze this room!
Looking down from the companionway
Saloon and dining table. Ellie
The things you fid on the beach!
One view from Tippy
The deck at Tippy
The Glass Window-one side Atlantic, the other the Sound.
The view from Nort
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