Position: 23 30.175'n: W75 45.848'w
Location: George Town, Exumas
Again it was time to move along. So on Sunday we headed down to Black Point. This is where we were to drop off the books for the all age school.
It is only 12.5 miles from Pipe to Black Point, so about 2.5 hours we were anchored in the harbor of Black Point. Black Point is the home of the reputed best laundry in the entire Exumas. And you know that Diane was one happy camper!!!!!
So on Monday we dropped the books off and of course did our laundry. Also had lunch at Loraine's café,
Well while we were in Loraine's eating lunch, a call came in asking if anyone could help the school with a computer problem. I got volunteered, to my amazement. Luckily it was a hardware/ wiring problem. but it was in fact in the PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!! All those years of installing computer gear came in handy, as it was a problem with the ports on the switch banks. So after about an hour, myself and two other cruisers had everything up and running. The principal was ecstatic and listed us in the book of donors of special services I am now an IT expert according to her!!
Well a weather window opened and off we went for Georgetown. Unfortunately the seas were calm, so as the old fishermen say, "calm seas the fish are away". Basically we caught nothing, not even a bite.
So after 47 miles and 9 hours we are anchored in George Town.
Position: 24 14.046'n:76 29.399'w
Location: Pipe Creek, Exumas
Well the time came to make the move south a touch, as the winds had clocked around to the north, and Allen's has little to no protection from that direction. So off to Pipe Creek we went.
It was a nice sail down to the Compass Cay entrance to the Pipe Creek area. It is so calm and beautiful here. It has all around protection so it will be home until all the fronts pass through.
On the way down we were eavesdropping on the radio, cruiser past time, and heard a person requesting help with his direct TV system. Well naturally I chimed in to see if I could help. He lives on Chicken Cay, and after a few futile suggestions, I could not talk him through the set up process. He ask if it would be possible for me to come to his island, as he owns the island, and try to get it up and running. I said if he could come down and pick us up, I would try to get it up and running.
So after getting the anchor down, I called and let him know that we were at his service. He came down and picked us up in his "flats boat", and off we went. Well after chatting a bit we find out he is living alone on the island, with his dog "Chemo". He has stage four throat cancer, and flies to Miami for his treatments. A very nice guy, probably late forties, but says he has watched all the DVDs possible, and is desperate for television.
Well after a tour of his island on a small wagon, pulled behind his four wheeler, we were able to get it up and running. It was not the usual set up as the dish is mounted on a piece of rock!!!!!!!! But with due diligence it is now up and running. And Norman is one happy camper. He said if the end comes soon at least he will have been able to watch TV until the end. He has a great attitude and is happy living on his island. All his supplies are flown in on his own 800 ft. runway. He says you just need to hit the brakes REALLY QUICK, AS SOON AS THE WHEELS HIT THE RUNWAY!!!!!!!!!
Well we will be here for awhile, and will up date as possible. So until then, be well and hugs and kisses!!!!!!!!!
Trip Report: 1-23-10
Position: N24 44.800 W76 50.500
Location: Allen's Cay, Exumas
As much as we hated to leave Morgan's Bluff it was time to go, due to the upcoming fronts. We met some wonderful people while out exploring the island. And saw just a sample of the great reefs, which make up the barrier reef that runs the entire east coast of Andros Island. It the third largest reef in the world, following the Great Barrier Reef, and the Belize barrier reef. We were only able to do a little diving but it is extremely beautiful.
We are now east of Nassau, about 35 miles. The group, S/V Cat Tales, S/V Kokopelli are all anchored in between the two islands that make up Allen's Cay. And it gives us protection from the 20 knts. of wind. So we are all tucked in and doing chores and kicking back. We were able to make water on the five hour sail from Nassau, so hot showers were the luxury of the day.
The sail over was a nice 40 mile sail to Nassau. When we entered the harbor, the Oasis of the Sea was at the dock. WOW that is one GIANT cruise ship. It is hailed as the largest in the world. And next to it, and real close, the people still look like miniatures.
But it was a quick run to the fishing supply store, dive shop, and grocery, and then we left the next morning for here.
The hunting/fishing here is good, the photo is of our first lobster from Allens, it weighed about four pounds !!!!!!!!!!!!