Lost Mike and Cindy!
31 January 2012 | Blackpoint, Bahamas
The front came through, or as we found out later has stalled about on top of us. We had winds of maybe 18 kts. And some rain showers last night. Thankfully, the rain stopped and the winds seemed to calm a bit this morning making the ride to shore more hospitable. Mike and Cindy left first thing this morning. Charlie dinghied them to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, so they could catch their golf cart ride to the airport at 8:00. After breakfast, we weighed anchor and motored the 9 miles around Harvey Cay to Blackpoint. On the way around we noticed that the blue ice chest that is normally strapped to the arch was gone. After thinking about it, it may have been gone for up to a week. The wind was from the southeast, so we could have sailed out of Staniel, but not so much back into Blackpoint. The wind built back up and was blowing again at 18 to 20 kts. Charlie wanted to work on patching some spots on the dinghy, so we took the outboard engine off and hoisted it up on the foredeck. We did this a week or so ago with Mike and Cindy on board. It sure was a lot easier with four people. We used the spinnaker halyard and ran it back to the jib winch, so I cranked in the line as Charlie assisted by lifting the dinghy by hand. The wind made it interesting, because as soon as we had the dinghy out of the water, it wanted to fly it like a kite. We did manage to roll it up over the lifelines onto the deck though. Charlie patched several places where it was leaking around prior patches he had put on. He says the glue we ordered and brought home with us from Arkansas was old, not fresh, and wasn’t holding like it should. He used 5200 marine caulking to patch the leaks. We’ll put it back in the water tomorrow and see if it holds. I believe the poor thing is on its last season. We spent the rest of the day relaxing. Probably 15 to 20 boats in the anchorage. No more rain today, though plenty of clouds and some scattered showers in the distance. Wind has continued to blow about 18 to 20 kts. We have a slight chop in the anchorage, but not bad.