Leeway II

Fulfilling a life-long dream of cruising the oceans in our own boat. Join us as we travel in our classic 1984 Alberg 37 Yawl

31 March 2014 | Hopetown to Man O War
31 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos
11 March 2014 | Marsh Harbour
28 February 2014 | Man O War Cay
28 February 2014 | Marsh Harbour
17 February 2014 | Man O War Cay
09 February 2014 | Treasure Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
31 January 2014 | White Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
30 December 2013 | Indiantown
03 November 2013 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
26 February 2013 | Riviera Beach Marina, West Palm Beach, Florida
27 December 2012 | Stuart, Florida
17 October 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
28 June 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
20 May 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
07 May 2012 | Indiantown, Florida
28 April 2012 | West End, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

The Sail of Shame

31 March 2014 | Hopetown to Man O War
Remember a few blogs back when we said that our Luke feathering prop had stripped its gears as we were picking up a mooring ball in Man O War Cay? And remember that we said that Edwin's Boat Yard was able to put on a used fixed prop that got us under way? Well, when we were leaving Hopetown a week ago, I dropped the mooring lines and gave Wayne the thumbs up signal that we were clear and he put it into forward... nothing. He put it into reverse... nothing. I looked back to see this very puzzled look on his face. Luckily, the mooring next to us was empty and we were able to drift down onto it and pick up the lines and secure ourselves again. Wayne checked the linkages and the transmission and everything seemed in order. So, he put on his swimsuit and snorkel mask and got into the water to take a look. Lo and behold, our prop was not on the shaft!

We called Chris (off Groovin) and he came down with his dive gear and luckily, he was able to find the prop. One blade was sticking out of the muck, but we were sure that we had lost all the fittings. We had to wait until Monday to get in touch with Edwins, so we settled back in for a few days. When we did get in touch with them, they said we would have to get the boat back to Man O War. Given that there was a cold front coming through with high winds, we figured it best to wait until later in the week to make the journey.

The entrances to both Hopetown and Man O War are dog-legs, and not something that you want to attempt under sail, so we made arrangements with "Captain Plug" to tow the boat to Man O War (see lead picture). He arrived at 4:30 pm and hooked up to us and we were on the dock at Edwin's by 6:00 pm. The staff at Edwin's were on the boat at 7:30 in the morning and had us hauled out. When they originally put the new prop on, they used the fittings from our Luke prop. Apparently the new prop slid right over the top of the fittings because they were still on the shaft - go figure. Once everyone stopped scratching their heads trying to figure out how that happened, they reattached the prop, put on some heavier fittings and we were fixed by 9:00 am. The only thing we had to do now was wait for tide so that we could go back into the water. They launched us about 6:00 pm and we headed to the Eastern harbour at Man O War for a few days. Let's just hope that it's the last of the issues. It seems as though we've had our share. The nice thing about meeting other cruisers though is that you find out that you're not the only one that has troubles - it seems like everyone does. I guess that's cruising!

Beautiful Hopetown

31 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
We spent two wonderful weeks in Hopetown. What a glorious little community. We can see how cruisers spend the entire winter there. There is always lots to do and the beach is spectacular. The Hopetown Sailing Club has races every week, so if you're inclined to go and join in the fun, you're more than welcome. We spent a lot of time exploring the village on foot and at the beach.

When we first arrived in Hopetown we hooked up with Chris and Liz off of Groovin (our buddy boat coming over) and the four of us rented a golf cart. We had done that in Green Turtle and it was a great way to get acquainted with the island and get the lay of the land. Chris and Liz had already been in Hopetown for a week or so, but they happily joined us. We explored for the day and spent some time at Tahiti Beach. Tahiti Beach gets larger and larger as the tide goes out and it was a great place to beachcomb. We saw the biggest star fish that we've ever seen lying on the beach as well as some very interesting shells. It was a busy spot and clearly everyone else had the same idea that we did.

We also went to the top of the lighthouse. The lighthouse on Elbow Cay (see lead picture) is one of the last of its kind in the world. It is run on kerosene, and the lighthouse keepers wind the mechanisms every two hours through the night to make sure that the light keeps turning. The view from the top of the lighthouse is breathtaking - that is if you still have any breath left after climbing the 110 steps to get to the top! You get a spectacular view of the harbour, the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Abaco all at once.

The Barefoot Man Concert was being held at Nippers on Great Guana Cay, so instead of taking the boat, we took the ferry to Great Guana to enjoy the day. The Barefoot Man is something like Jimmy Buffet, but with a local flare. Some very interesting songs, and lots of fun. We had a great day but were glad when the ferry left at 4:00 to take the "geezers" back.

Hopetown is a very busy little harbour with lots of people coming and going. Moorings are at a premium and it seems like the minute one boat leaves, two more come in. There are also a lot of rental cottages available as well, so many cruisers plan to unite with family while they're there. The people are very friendly and there is no shortage of things to do. We'll definitely be back!

Wayne gets some Tail

20 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
Wayne's birthday was on Wednesday, March 19th. We spent most of the day on the island, having a wonderful lunch out at Harbour Side restaurant and then exploring the north part of the island and the beach. There are a number of quaint little shops in Hopetown, so we were able to pick up the rest of the gifts for our grandchildren that we'll take back with us and managed to pick up a really great t-shirt for Wayne.

To finish off a great day, we had a lovely bbq'd steak dinner along with a couple of very large lobster tails (yes, THAT kind of tail - get your minds out of the gutter) that we had picked up in Marsh Harbour last week. Great music, nice wine and a beautiful moon rounded out the evening. What a wonderful way to spend your birthday.
Vessel Name: Leeway II
Vessel Make/Model: 1984 Alberg 37' Yawl
Hailing Port: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Crew: Wayne & Cindy Milroy
Wayne & Cindy Milroy have been sailing and cruising on Lake Ontario for nearly twenty-five years. Since shortly after joining forces in life, we nurtured the dream to go cruising on our own sailboat “where the butter always melts”. [...]
We will use this blog to share our escapades as we go wandering about. We’ll try to keep our family updated on our whereabouts and convince them that we are safe; we’ll share the excitement and wonder of our adventures with friends who supported our dreams throughout the years; and, we’ll [...]
Leeway II's Photos - Bahamas
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Early morning start across Gulf Stream
Sun starting to rise over the ocean
Sue looking intent
Dawn of a beautiful day for GS crossing
Derek & Sue enjoying a new adventure
Towing Tranquility
Crew making the best of a long day
Sue enjoying the helm
A long day of towing is coming to a close
Gorgeous sunset with Tranquility in tow
West End Channel
West End Boat Basin
Leeway at West End
Looking out the West End Channel
Basin isn
Our dockmate at West End
West End Resort
Beach at West End
You know you in the tropics
Sue walking with grounds of West End Resort
Docks at West End
Derek looking for something to do
Keltic Kat - our guide boat
Tranquility on the Bahama Bank
Captain pretending he
Sue sailing towards Great Sale Cay
Great Sale Cay in the distance
Derek enjoying the crystal clear wataers
Tranquility at anchor at Great Sale Cay
Sunset at Great Sale Cay
Landing on Powell Cay
Intrepid beachcombers at Powell Cay
The rest of the landing party
Laurence & Joan Wright - our buddy boat
A sand dollar in crystal clear water at Powell Cay
Atlantic side of Powell Cay
Sue & Wayne getting ready for cocktails
Green Turtle Cay anchorage
Another view of White Sound, GTC
Green Turtle Cay
Narrow streets in New Plymouth, GTC
Captain looking at his Bahamian estate
Sue in the Sculpture Garden of Heros at GTC
Derek & Sue in New Plymouth, GTC
New Plymouth in the background
The gang walking GTC
Joan having a drink at Pineapples Bar, GTC
Derek looking lost
Laurence & Joan - buddy boaters on Great Guana Cay
Atlantic breakers hitting Great Guana Cay
Pool at Nipper
View from Nipper
Laurence on the beach in front of Nipper
View from Tiloo Cay
Beaching the dinghy on Tilloo Cay
Atlantic side of Tilloo Cay
Laurence & Joan walking on Tilloo Cay
Tilloo Cay from the crest of the hill
Both sides of Tilloo Cay
View from Lynyard Cay
Looking at Sea of Abaco from Lynyard Cay
Streets of Little Harbour
Little Harbour mouth looking south towards Exumas
Breakers in Little Harbour Cut
Beautiful day at Little Harbour overlooking the Atlantic
Cliffs surrounding Little Harbour
Caves in the cliffs at Little Harbour
Another view of Little Harbour caves
Peaceful scene at Little Harbour
Shallow basin at Little Harbour
Abandoned Lighthouse at Little Harbour
Looking towards our anchorage at Lynyard Cay from Little Harbour
Lynyard Cay anchorage
Another view from Lynyard Cay anchorage
Approaching Hopetown
Near Hopetown Harbour
Hopetown Lighthouse & Watchman
View of boats from Hopetown Lighthouse
Hopetown Lighthouse from Dinghy Dock
Hopetown Harbour
Mooring Field at Hopetown
Hopetown Lighthouse from the boat
Captain at top of Hopetown Lighthouse
Looking to the Atlantic from Hopetown Lighthouse
Boat basin from lighthouse
Hopetown Settlement from Lighthouse
Looking out to the Atlantic from Hopetown Lighthouse
Junkanoo performer
Beautiful costumes for Junkanoo
Junkanoo parade 1
Junkanoo parade 2
Tuning steel drums using a fire
Colorful bands in Junkanoo parade
More junkanoo performances
Huge headdress on this performer
Close encounter
How does the gas truck get to the islands?
Pretty girls at Barefoot Man concert
The Barefoot Man himself
Barefoot Man Band
Barefoot Man and his singer belting it out
Crowd enjoying the concert
Crowd continues to grow
A full patio at Nipper
View of the beach from Nipper
People enjoying both the beach & the concert
Looking at the Abaco side of the Cay from Nipper

Leeway's Crew

Who: Wayne & Cindy Milroy
Port: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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