01/09/2010, Thompson Bay, Long Island
January 8th, 2010 Galliot Cut to Thompson's Bay, Long Island
01/09/2010, Big Galliot Cay
We have been planning on making our trip to the Jumentos on the inside, staying on the banks all the way down. We would leave from Little Farmers, anchor on the banks one night, and then sail the second half of the trip on the next day. We haven't been able to get two nice days in a row to make the trip, and now that we have two days there is a nasty front headed our way that will blast us once we get there.
So we decided to sail to Thompson Bay, Long Island for protection, then move south from there. We left just after daylight and motor sailed all day arriving just after dark. It was a long haul and mostly uneventful. We did catch a nice tuna and a small Mahi. "Fine Lion" caught 3 Mahi.
After getting the anchor down, we had visitors. Jay and Di (Far Niente) came over with Bill and Christy (Veranda) who were returning from dinner. They stayed for a few minutes before heading back to their boats.
January 7th, 2010 Black Point to Galliot Cut, Exumas
After breakfast we weighed anchor and attempted to sail down to Little Farmers, but the wind died and we turned on the engine. We anchored on the west side of the island and dingied in to visit Jim on "Solitaire." Nancy had to make an unscheduled trip back to Washington and Jim was on a mooring alone, so we wanted to touch base with him before moving further south.
After our visit we returned to the boat weighed anchor again and motored south about 5 miles to Galliot Cut where we anchored for the night behind an island.
January 6th, 2010 Black Point, Exumas
We got a good night's sleep, although it was still windy with some waves rolling into the bay. In the morning we stayed aboard. I replaced the articulating arms on our solar panels. One of them was broken and Kim bought replacements during her trip back to the States. I also changed the orientation of the cleats on our davits to avoid rubbing on the dinghy. I had to drill most of the holes and it took way longer than I had anticipated, but that is usually the case.
In the afternoon we went ashore with Kim, Steve, Larry and Bev (Shandell). We worked on the computers at Lorraine's and then had a late lunch.
We listened to the Spartans play Wisconsin in the evening and ended up eating popcorn for supper. (we were still full from lunch at 3 p.m.)
The Lady Muriel-an A-class boat
01/06/2010, Black Point
January 5th, 2010 Black Point, Exumas
The wind and seas were up last night as we knew they would. Although we have NW protection here the wind was out of the NNW which was not good. "Sapphire" was rocking and rolling to the point where sleep was next to impossible. I woke at 1 a.m. and was awake until 4 a.m. reading but was able to get a couple of hours more before daylight.
Things continued during the day. Walking around the boat was impossible without holding something which make simple things like washing dishes almost impossible. We warmed up leftovers, ate conch salad from the day before and had some peanut butter sandwiches. Cooking was not possible.
We are trying to find a two day window to push south to the Jumentos but it doesn't look like it will be this week. There is another front coming through on Saturday and we'll have to find some protection for a couple of days. On the brighter side ... it looks like high pressure is going to begin do dominate out in the Atlantic which should put our weather back into a more normal mode with east winds between fronts instead of NW.
We listened to Purdue play Minnesota this evening while the winds abated enough for a good night's sleep.