Well we came back up here to show Susie Thunderball Grotto. It was as pretty as ever with multitudes of fish. I believe everyone had fun!!!!!!!!
The grotto was very nice as usually. Diane and Susie really enjoyed it. It was full of fish and no current. We make it back to the boat and spend the day relaxing.
Then the "Searay Shuffle starts. The first of three boats come in, two 50' and one 40'. The first two anchor and head into the bar. The third one goes aground on a sand bar. While the grounded boat is trying to pull itself free with his dingy at full power, actually pulling him farther on the bar, and accepting no offers of help. At the same time one of the two anchored boats, drags down on the other one. They race out and move there boats near us. Then they decide to up anchor so the person at the helm puts it in forward gear and goes full throttle. Before the anchor is free!!!!! Needless to say it messed up his windlass. He never does slow down and hits his own anchor chain. Finally they decide to go to another anchorage, we are not sad about them moving ?
03/31/07 23 45.895"N:76 05.919
We get an early start out of Rocky Point. The winds are still 15-20 out of the east so it is another nice day of sailing. Lee Stocking Island is the destination today. It is a beautiful sail through "Pudding Cut" and then up the chain to Lee Stocking. On the way we see another Lagoon and it is "Casa Bella". Another friend of "Molly Bloom", they call us and we exchange pleasantries. A beautiful day at Williams Bay was had by all.
04/01/07 24 11.033"N: 76 27.710"W
The destination today is "Big Major" via the Pimblicos Route. It is calmer with the winds 10-15 out of the east. It is a beautiful sail up to Stanial/ Big Major.
The next morning seeing the pigs on the beach is the order of the day. We load up the dingy and head to the beach. Diane has a bag of carrots for the pigs. We get to the beach and the pigs decide to load up in the dingy with us, and these are not little pigs. I don't think I have ever seen two women come out of a dingy as fast in my life. The boar decided to chase Diane and steal the whole bag and scurry off. It was definitely a "Kodak" moment ? ?!
We decide to head over to Sampson Cay for fuel and water. It is an uneventful docking experience. Then we head down to Stanial Cay to anchor and do a grocery store run and spend the night.
03/30/07 23 34.700"N: 76 02.519"W
We enjoy a nice visit to the beach and then head out at 010:30. We have 33 miles to cover today. We will make it from Cook's to Rocky Point. The wind is 15-20 out of the east, with a gentle 2-3 ft. swell. The first half of the trip is down wind with a following sea. The second half is a beam reach, with the wind picking up to 18-23, so it is a screamer for the last 15 or so miles?.
We arrive at Rocky Point around 1500, so we made the 33 miles at an average of 6.6. And saw the 8 knts for awhile. Rocky anchorage under these conditions but will be fine for the night.
This is the first time Susie has been on board with good sailing conditions, with no engines. She has always been motor sailing with us. Her only comment was "now I see why you guys love this". ? ?