01/06/2010, Black Point
January 4th, 2010 Black Point, Exumas
01/06/2010, Big Majors
Kathy had most of the laundry bagged up and ready to go, so after coffee I headed to shore to do the wash. It was windy and a little rough, so rather than risk drenching our clean clothes on the return trip with both of us in the dinghy, I went alone. (Just a note-this is the first time in 3 ½ years that Mike has done the laundry alone.)
The dock at the laundry had waves crashing so I quickly off loaded our clothes and took the dinghy down to the government dock where I could tie it up safely. I got rid of our garbage there and then walked back to the Laundry.
Kim and Steve were there and another couple, and with my three loads most of the washers were busy.
By the time I finished it was raining lightly and the wind had come up, so Ida let me borrow a large garbage bag for my return trip.
I had planned on heading back into Lorraine's Café in the afternoon but it was way too rough to make the trip. We spent the afternoon reading and weaving. Steve and Kim went to pick up her computer, but chose to head back to their boat as well.
By evening "Sapphire" was hobby horsing in 3 foot seas... enough to make cooking difficult. I decided to use up some tomatoes and make a conch salad for dinner.
The salad really was good... and there was enough left over for tomorrow.
We watched some video and retired about 10:30 only to wake up around 1 a.m. when we really started to rock and roll.
January 3rd, 2010 Big Majors Spot to black Point, Exumas
After coffee we hauled down the wind bugger and hoisted the dinghy. The anchor was up at 9:45 and we sailed out of Big Majors to the SW around Harvey Cay. The trip to Black Point is only about 8 miles but the wind failed and we had to motor most of the way. We anchored in front of the laundry but were rolling quite a bit so moved to the other side of the bay. Hopefully we'll have some more northerly protection here.
In the afternoon I went for a walk, beach-combing with Steve and Kim, while Kathy stayed aboard to work on projects.
We had beans and rice for dinner and then read in the cockpit until after sunset. We watched a couple episodes of "Rome" before bed.
Belated picture of C-class race
01/06/2010, Staniel Cay
January 2nd, 2010 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
"Sapphire" rolled around most of the night and we did as well. It's hard to sleep when you're under constant motion. I'm getting better at wedging myself between vertical and horizontal surfaces to remain in one spot and doze. There were no squalls with this front and much less wind but it clocks much faster than the waves, which puts us beam-to and rolls us for a few hours.
We listened to the nets and read for a while in the morning. I put some cranberry beans on to simmer while I made some breakfast. They cooked most of the morning with garlic, onions, bacon, and celery.
Corn bread sounded good with our rice and beans so I made a batch. By lunch time the beans were still too crunchy so we had left-over potato soup with corn bread and left the beans for supper.
Craig (from Tilt) came over around noon to check out the settings on our Pactor modem, which just isn't working correctly. Everything seemed to be fine but there are some strange things happening. At some point we'll be able trouble shoot on line or find someone who knows more that we.
The wind abated gradually during the day and so after lunch I went to shore to pick up our propane tank at Isles General, dropping of one of "Fine Lion's " at the same time. Then it was over to the yacht club for 5 gallons of gasoline.
On my return from town Suki, a lady that we met last Fall in Annapolis stopped by for a visit. They are heading to Cuba eventually.
The basketball game was on at 6:30 tonight, followed by the football game so we had lots of entertainment on tap.
We ended up saving the beans and I made pizza for supper just as the first game started.
January 1st, 2010 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
After breakfast I headed for town to fill a gas jug and get rid of garbage but once around the protection of Big Majors there was too much wind and the outboard started missing. It had not idled at all yesterday and had been on a downhill slide for a week or so. Rather than a good soaking, I turned around and went back to the boat to work on the motor.
I removed the carburetor and using liberal amounts of Carb Cleaner and an E string from my guitar began to work through the tiny ports. After an hour everything looked ok so I moved on to the filters, checked the oil and gave all tubing a dose of WD-40 before putting things back together.
It started and idled on the first pull.
Kim came over during this time span at some point for another weaving lesson.
Kathy made tuna sandwiches for lunch and then we joined "Fine Lion" for a ride to Sampson Cay to get on the internet. We sat around in the shade outside the office with Mike the manager, chatting and working on the internet for an hour before heading in to the dining room where Kathy finished up and Steve and Kim ordered lunch. I had some hot wings that were .... just ok.
It was late afternoon when we got back and the wind was coming up. There is a front coming through tonight so we'll be rocking and rolling again. We spent the remainder of the afternoon reading in the cockpit as the wind clocked for the south to the west.