01/28/2010, Thompson Bay
January 24th, 2010 Thompson Bay, Long Island
01/28/2010, Water Cay, Jumentos
It was quite windy in the morning so after coffee we got the Windbugger going and it ran all day between 5 and 10 amps/hour. I started the engine and ran it for about 30 minutes to warm it up and then changed the oil, which is a project.
Kathy made pizza for lunch and then we joined "Far Niente, First Edition, and Savage Son" for a three hour beach walk. We hike down the road for a mile and then across the Island to the Ocean and then north to a nice beach.
On our return we listened to Iowa beat Indiana and cooked some pork chops for dinner.
January 23rd 2010 Water Cay to Thompson's Bay
01/28/2010, Johnson Cay, Jumentos
We had a good night anchored at Water Cay. The wind was forecast to clock from south to west to north but not with enough strength to make very large waves. At 4:30 it did pick up a little from the north but we had a little protection from that area. Anyway we took off at about 7:30 heading north to Comer West, which is the waypoint that marks the entrance to the Comer Channel. It's about a 10 mile east to west run where the deepest water at low tide is about 6.5'. The shallowest is 5.5'.
Jay and I had discussed hitting the channel at a half rising tide to give us a little more water to play with. The last time we traversed this area... on the way south, I followed the coordinates and watched the water... never once looking at the sounder. This time I watched the depths.
The Spartans played at noon in Minnesota, so we tuned the game in and had a pleasant motor sail. (winds were about non-existant) We did sail the last hour or so to insure that the game would end before we found ourselves anchoring.
There were about 20 boats in the anchorage when we arrived, but there is lots of room and we ended up anchoring in almost the same spot as we did on our last stay here.
The remainder of our afternoon was spent listening to basketball and reading. We were invited to go into town to have dinner with some friends but had some fish that really needed to be eaten so we passed.
January 22nd, 2010 Johnson Cay to Water Cay, Jumentos
Steve and Kim came over to say good-by at around 6:30 and gave us the update that they had received from "Night Hawk" via email. Their boat is fixed and they are on the way south. They left us to ready the boat and while below, there was a knock. Steve was back to purchase 5 gallons of gasoline which he transferred to his jerry can and said good bye for the second time.
We weighed anchor and headed out the cut a little before 8am. Once beyond the protection of our cove and out in the Ocean we were greeted with waves from the SW and no wind to speak of ... it made for an uncomfortable ride. I raised the main to act as a shock absorber and that smoothed us out a little. As the morning progressed the waves flattened a little but the wind stayed at about 8 knots behind us.
We had four fishing lines out most of the way north but failed to have any action.
Arriving at Water Cay at around 2, we got the anchor down at the north end of the island and spent the afternoon reading. I made meat-loaf for dinner which we had with beans and a baked potato.