Well we are back in the WIFI world for a while. We have come back to George Town to watch the "Family Island Regatta"
After we picked up our pal from Asheville on Thursday, and did some grocery shopping on Friday, we were good to go somewhere so we headed up to Barretaria for the protection from the south winds predicted. It was a good sail up and just a beautiful day.
The next day the wind was switching around to the west and was supposed to get fairly strong. So we moved to the lea side of the island. Nice spot very calm and a beautiful night sky full of stars
Monday morning I hear a "May Day" from a vessel close by,(within 5 miles), as law requires I responded, the French gentleman was hard to understand due to broken English, but did not know where he was. The vessel was in peril, but all lives were safe. He described where he was, and finally was able to give me some coordinates. His boat had been washed up on Boysie Cay by the strong west winds and 5 ft. seas. Somehow either he had anchored too close or his anchor just gave way. Another boat replied and offered to go the 2 miles in his "Boston Whaler" type boat to try to assist, and ask if I would come along to help.
This guy happened to be in the marine salvage business locally and was on vacation heading for Regatta. But he was set up for this kind of madness. When we got to the boat in peril it was on the bottom and listing 20 degrees, and getting pounded in the heavy rollers. This guy was REALL REALLY good with a boat. We are standing in knee deep water in the whaler, beam to the waves and getting tossed about. I manage to sling a ¾ inch long line to one of the people on board he cleats it off. But even with a 100hp engine could not get the boat to budge. So we set another anchor to keep them from getting forced closer or shallower, but that was all we could do.
Then that night the saddest night of all happened. Our dear, dear "Sissy" decided it was time for her to go to dog heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though we knew it was inevitable, as she was eighteen years, we were devastated.
On Tuesday we chose a nice spot on a beach under a nice shade tree and buried her and said our last good byes. She will be missed greatly!!!!!!
We needed to keep our minds occupied so we decided to head for the Brigantine Cays, (23 42.999n: 76 09.607w), which we have always wanted to visit but never made it. They were beautiful and extremely quiet, with beautiful beaches. We stayed overnight then headed south for the races.
04/17/2012, George Town, Exumas
Well we have arrived in "Mecca"!!!!!!!!!!! We finally had to depart from our hole at Rudder Cay and start to make it south to George Town. We squeaked our way into Prime Cay, and explored the small lagoon in the center of it. We caught a real nice mutton snapper while at Prime, using a bit of conch for bait. He was delicious!!!!!!!! Someone told us that if you throw out some conch in any Bahamian harbor you would probably catch Mutton, and so far it has been true.
The next day we explored the shallow route down to the Brigs then over to Boysie Cay for an overnight. After a bit of beach combing and picture taking at Boysie, we headed down island for George Town the next day
. There are approx... 118 boats in the harbor, and live TV, life is good
03/30/2012, Black Point
23 52.789'n: 76 14.947'w Musha Cay, Exumas
So it has been a little different for us this year so far. Usually we are in a big hurry to get to George Town, Exumas. But this year we have been gone for about a month and a half and we are still 40 or so miles from G-Town. We have completely missed the "Cruisers' Regatta" and I guess that's all right. We will miss seeing some friends and activities, but we will make it for the REAL regatta, (Family Island), coming up in April.
We have spent a lot of time in the Black Point/Staniel Cay area, a little north and a little south etc.. We have really gotten to know the local people and their communities, and it has been really fun!!!!!!! We have made new friends and participated in activities that we normally would have missed. We did the usual SSCA book drop to the school there in Black Point, attended a couple of fund raisers on nearby islands and just have had a wonderful time.
Today we finally made the big move south and went an astonishing 14 miles south. And amazingly within the first hour of diving, had killed two lionfish, caught one LARGE conch, and killed one lobster, the conch are slow, the lobster stupid, and the Lionfish are arrogant, life is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We will stay here for a few days then probably move down to George Town. But you never know we may stay here a little longer. The central Bahamas are extremely beautiful, and I have actually been social