12/08/2009, Black Point
December 6th, 2009 White Point to Black Point, Exumas
12/08/2009, White Point, Great Guana Cay
After a great bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, Steve came over to go hunting. The water was flat. We drove around at full speed in the dinghy watching the bottom for coral heads and rocks to check out. Most of our time was spent searching, but we did do quite a bit of snorkeling. We saw a few grouper and other fish but didn't end up shooting anything.
When we returned around noon, Kathy had been in contact with Jim and Nancy of "Solitaire" on the VHF who were motoring south to join us. We decided to call them back and meet them in Black Point.
We got the anchor up a little after noon and motored the 7 miles north to Black Point and dropped the hook just ahead of "Solitaire".
After arriving, anchoring and getting the boat squared away we dinghied over for a visit. As we arrived Jim and Nancy appeared wearing Santa hats...we thought they may be pushing things but a moment later, Nancy went down to the cabin and popped out with Christmas gifts for us from home.
We ended up spending most of the afternoon with them and were joined by Steve, and then Chirs and Ann from "Mr. Mac."
After snacking all afternoon we really we not very hungry and spent the evening reading.
December 5th, 2009 Big Majors Spot to White Bay, Exumas
12/08/2009, Staniel Cay, Exumas
Steve and I took garbage in to the Yacht Club this morning and stayed there for a while waiting out a shower. The day was sunny and hot, but every once and a while there was a cloud that dropped a little rain. Kathy, who had stayed aboard, had no rain.
When we got back to the boat we made ready to depart and weighed anchor around 10:30. Sails were quickly up and we set a course for Harvey Cay to the southwest. Unfortunately, an hour later out on the Banks our wind died and we were forced to motor sail down to White Point, anchoring on the north side.
We had some lunch and Steve and I took off in the dinghy for some hunting. Last year we had some luck in this area bout after about 3 hours of nothing but sharks and small grouper, we gave up and returned to the boats. With the look bucket, it was apparent that our anchor wasn't doing much but marking the end of our chain and although the point had snagged some rock, any wind shift would turn it loose. The bottom here is hard scrabble, a little sand covering rock below, so there was nothing for us to do but re-anchor. We hauled in the rode and moved about 50 yards to the northwest where it looked like good sand.
Once it was down and snugged in, Steve checked it again and gave us the nod. It was buried. There are times when I wouldn't have re-anchored but there is a front in the northern Bahamas that is supposed to stall tonight just to our north. As it is, our winds are forecast to back to the south, but if the front were to move just 50 miles south, winds would clock to the west and then north where we have no protection whatsoever. Anyway, we felt much safer re-anchoring and it only took about 10 minutes of our time.
We spent what was left of the afternoon reading in the cockpit. Neither of us was very hungry, so for dinner I made hot wings (with sliced chicken breasts) fake mashed potatoes, and green beans. We topped the chicken with blue cheese dressing and had an adequate meal in about 5 minutes.
We watched an episode of "NCIS" and read a while before retiring.
PS... for those of you who are suffering snow and cold in northern climes, our weather has been just about perfect of late. Temps fall to about 75F at night and are usually at least 85F by 10 a.m. The breezes have been much more moderate than last year, so we haven't been bothered by big waves. We wear only swimming suits, alternating every few days for effect. The water temperature is a couple degrees above 80F which is refreshing but not too cool.
Anyway, it looks like we will be staying in the Staniel Cay area during the Holidays, so if any of you family and friends are interested in getting away for a few days let us know and we might be able to work things out.
December 4th, 2009 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
We didn't do much today. Our solar panels were shaded by our rigging so I raised the mizzen and pushed it all the way out to the port which moved our stern enough get some sun to the panels.
The watermaker ran all day and Kathy did some laundry in the sink.
I made mac and cheese during the morning and invited Steve over in the afternoon to try some. Kathy took a shower with our new cockpit shower only to find that there is something wrong with the mixer. Water only comes out on the cold side (naturally). So there is another job to deal with at some point. The bilge switch that I just replaced is also not working. It was fine for three day but now doesn't turn off after turning itself on. There is always something.
I spoke with "Night Hawk" and "Solitaire" on the SSB this morning. Both of them are only a couple of days away and will arrive during the middle of the week.
The weather here has been great .... but north of us and the area between the States has been making travel difficult. There are lots of folks working their way down the East coast who have been just pounded. We are going to move south tomorrow to do some fishing for a few days.