02/19/07 23.37.864"N: 75.54.943"W
I now am an official member (honary of course) member of the Canadian Navy, with a new hat and Canada sticker. So ordained by Captain Lou on "So Fine 2"
We had been told of a nice marina, (by the folks on "Pea Soup" another Canadian flagged boat), under construction about 15 miles south of us. We need water so we head for Emerald Bay. The water is only .15 cents per gallon and .75 cents a foot for dockage. It is a very nice spot for some water and WIFI!
Back to the Norman's Pond stop. After the cleaning of the fish and cleaning of the boat, we tell everyone in the anchorage that the tuna is ready. Lou and Donna on "So Fine 2" graciously invite us over for a potluck night. So Wiwaxy, and us join them for dinner. Peter a very knowledgeable sailor who is crewing on "So Fine 2" says it is the best tuna he had ever tasted. And everyone agrees. Mary on Wiwaxy brings biscuits; I personally think they are a real close second to the tuna ? ! But a good time is had by all.
We have given tuna steaks to, at least 6 boats and still have a freezer full. And they have all graciously given us Gerry cans of water. , but we are still low. Thanks to all for the water.
It is suppose to REALLY come a blow so we decide this is home for a few days. We get in some good snorkeling and just enjoy the beautiful islands.
On Saturday it is calm so the Canadian Navy head south for the 25 mile trip to Georgetown. The winds are predicted to clock to the northwest on Sunday and they did!!!!!!! We saw a steady 20-25 with gusts to 30. The anchor held its hold and all was well.
Saturday one of our friends from Bimini came in "Heart of Gold". It was Brian from NC. He had had a very tough time, being a single hander it had been some rough traveling for him. It was good to see him again, naturally we invited him over for tuna ? dinner.
02/15/07 23.47.100"N: 76.07.568" W
The plan today is to sail south with the Canadian Navy, and "AllezCat" to Lee Stocking Island. It is 35 miles, the winds are out of the south west, and the seas are about 2-3 ft. swell.
Unfortunately we waited till 0900 to call the yacht club to arrange for water and fuel. They inform us that they can't sell any water, and still have enough to supply the restaurant. So we grumble and sail on by.
It is truly a GREAT sail south. We are under full sails and making between 6.5 and 8 knts, with an average of 7.5 knts for the trip. Everyone else is sailing a rumb line to the cut at Lee Stocking, but we are fishing, so we follow the 250'-1000' wall line. About one or two miles from the cut we finally get hooked up on the cedar plug. What ever it is, it is spooling line off REAL fast. Diane grabs the helm and puts us into the wind, and I start trying to keep it from taking all the line off the reel. The battle is on, and the fish is winning. FINALLY, I start to make progress, a little at a time. When I win the thirty minute battle we have a 60 lb, (no lies, I have a scale), yellow fin tuna on board. Again thanks Doug for the gaff, it works great!!!!!!!!
We ease in to the anchorage with the Canadian Navy at Norman's Pond (north of Lee Stocking) and begin the WORK of cleaning the fish. It will be Sashimi tonight for the entire fleet!!!!!!!!!!
02/14/07 24.10.282"N: 76.26.804"W
Again a short trip today. The winds did switch to the west then the North West. The squalls were upon us last night around 2100 hrs. Got some strong winds but basically no problems and very little rain.
We make the short sail down to Stanial Cay. Another good sail with no engines running. Chet on "Allez Cat" and I both agree it has been some of the best sailing weather we have seen in many years.
The current blasting through the cut shoots us through and we anchor near the yacht club. "So Fine 2" and "Wiwaxy" are both anchored near by so we are back with our Canadian buddies.
The supply boat came in today so a trip to the store is planned for some provisions then, we will get water tomorrow on the way out!!!!!!!!!!