06/07/2009, Grand Cay, Bahamas
May 31... Manjack Cay to Spanish Cay
We left Manjack about 9am headed up to Spanish to top off our fuel tanks. We're getting far enough away from civilization that gas stations are rare. We slipped between the squalls most of the way but did run into one that we couldn't dodge. It was a downpour with absolutely no visibility for about 15 minutes. No wind but lots of rain. We anchored off the marina and waited a couple of hours for the next round of storms to pass us by.
Later we ran into the marina for 6 gallons of diesel and some ice. It seems like a nice place. As we move north, most of the marinas cater to fisherman who zip over from Florida for a few days.
We had planned on moving a little more to the north but by the time we returned from the Marina it was too late so we settled in for the night.
June 1... Spanish Cay to Grand Cay
We were up early and left the anchorage at Spanish around 7:30. There was no wind so we motored north and west most of the morning. At some point we felt a little wind on our beam and rolled out the jib. We couldn't really sail, but it did give us a lift of about a half a knot. Later, as it picked up we did much better.... but it remained a motor sailing day.
We arrived at Grand Cay at about 3:30. It is right next door to Walker's Cay which is famous for fishing and fishing shows. Walker's has been closed due to hurricane damage for the last four years and most of the fishing folks have migrated to Grand. We headed in to replenish the diesel that we had used today and found an interesting little village centered on Rosie's Store, Marina, Cabins, Restaurant, and Bar.
There were three docks with mostly sport fishing boats tied to them. There was no diesel until tomorrow so our take-off will be delayed.
We ran over to "Fine lion" to pick up some chicken from their freezer that we wanted to get fried up for our trip. We chatted for a while and then returned to cook some pasta and sauce... and parboil our chicken.
We watched some video and went to bed reasonably early.
05/30/2009, Manjack Cay (Still)
Saturday, May 30, 2009 Manjack Cay, Bahamas
05/30/2009, Manjack Cay
I think I can handle today's blog.
We were ready to leave as soon as the storm passed. It stormed until about 4:00 when it was too late to leave, so here we are. We think tomorrow will be drier and fine and we will head north somewhere to fill up on fuel, then further north the next day and hope to head for Charleston on Tuesday.
The XM radio is not working and we can't figure out why, so no Red Wings to listen to tonight, except maybe on the computer.
Well, the skies are blue now and the sun is shining, so all is well.
Okay, we are leaving here today so this probably will be our last entry until we get back to the states.
May 29th... Manjack Cay, Abacos
We had a squall in morning but the worst part was a few miles to the north. Then it cleared up and was nice for a while. Steve, Kim and I took off to find some conch and were successful. It took us a while to get them cleaned and then we returned to watch more squalls roll past.
We spent most of the afternoon reading. I did crack some of the conch for dinner which was excellent.