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The trials and sailing tales of Denny & Diane
Fishing No Catching
04/04/2007, Emerald Bay

04/04/07 N23 38.059': W75 54.922'

We make the trip south to Emerald Bay for water and provisions. There is no wind and just a gentle 2 foot swell out of the south. So we fish all the way down to Emerald. Unfortunately we fished but did not do any catching. We came into Emerald Bay tied up and a calm night was enjoyed!

Fall 2006
Susie does Thunderball
04/03/2007, Stanial Cay

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 ?

Fall 2006
03/31/2007, Stanial Cay

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.

Fall 2006

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