We're a Final Four team????
03/31/2010, Big Majors Spot
March 28th, 2010 Plain Bay to Big majors Spot
03/31/2010, Oven Rock
We left our anchorage at Plain Bay after coffee and motor sailed (to charge our batteries) north to Big Majors Spot...a trip of about 8 miles. Once anchored, I took the dinghy to the Yacht Club and purchased some pre paid phone cards and returned to the boat.
Ellie never answers her phone but I called Sam who was home at the time and was able to talk to Matt explaining exactly the zinc that we needed. With that chore out of the way we had some left over meatloaf for lunch and read until the MSU/Tennessee game.
The beginning of the game was amazing with both teams scoring every time down the court. This was not the Spartans that we've been listening to all season. Where were the turnovers? The poor shot selection, and the senseless fouls.
We were both on the edge of our seats most of the game.... There's no way this is a Final 4 team. The announcer was fine but John Thompson who was the color man was horrible. He hated the Spartans and every word that came out of his mouth had a Tennessee slant. He had done zero research on our team and assumed that we were a half court team with little running or rebounding ability compared to Tennessee. He was so bad that his career as a broadcaster has to be finished.
As we nudged ahead in the second half by a few baskets, we were getting hopeful but were waiting for the hammer. Surprisingly it never fell, and as time ran down we were still in the game. When the buzzer sounded .... We were shocked the lackluster Spartans were in the Final 4 for the 6th time in 12 years.
I remembered our MSU Flag and hoisted it during the post game interviews and before long a guy from Hope, Michigan dinghied over to talk about the game.... He and his wife were both Spartans and lived in Waverly for years.
Night Hawk anchored near us during the afternoon and we dinghied over for a visit before listening to the second half of the Duke Game....on a perfect day they would have lost, but such was not the case...
March 27, 2010 Oven Rock, Exumas
It was a nice morning and after coffee and some breakfast we read in the cockpit while Steve and Kim went hunting. At some point in the morning I went swimming and brushed some crud from our hull. In the process of working on the rudder, the prop shaft zinc fell off.
I dove and picked up both halves off the bottom but after a number of tries could not get it fastened again. With company coming next week from home it was simply a matter of a phone call and we'd have a replacement. Unfortunately, when I checked our phone, I found that there was only 30 seconds of prepaid time remaining. (I had talked to Abby at length in the morning.)
The only place where I could purchase more time was at the Yacht Club in Staniel Cay ... so we weighed anchor and headed north. We stopped for the night at Plain Bay, which is just south of Black Point with the plan making the rest of the trip tomorrow.
We spent the afternoon and evening listening to basketball and had a nice meal of ham, sweet potatoes and green beans in the cockpit. Daylight savings is wonderful.
One BIG sand bar
03/31/2010, Galliot Cay
March 26th, 2010 Galliot Cay to Oven Rock, Exumas
Jim and Beth mentioned last week that they had visited a sand bar in this area that was dry land at low tide. Low tide was scheduled for around 11am today so we watched and sure enough as the water lowered we could see sand to our SW.
It was a couple of miles away and it a little bumpy, but we dinghied over with Steve and Kim to check it out. The bar was 20 to 30 meters wide and about 2 kilometers in length. We walked the northern half out and back picking up shells and sand dollars.
After a couple of hours we returned to the boats, weighed anchors, and sailed up to Oven Rock which is just north of Little Farmers Cay. Our afternoon was spent
Mostly reading. We did make a trip ashore for a walk and a to pick a few palm fornds.