23 February 2016
Monday, February 22
We were awakened last night by loud voices and what sounded like fire crackers. We went out to see what was going on. There was a small boat the seemed to be asking a nearby sailboat for help. As it turned out, the men on the small boat had stollen a generator and dinghy from the sailboat and then the engine on the "get away" boat wouldn't start. One of the men motored off in the dinghy leaving two other men behind in the boat that wouldn't start. The sailors called Dive Guana who then called the police. The sailboat pulled up their anchor and circled the boat until the police arrived. They had shot off some flares to call attention to the situation. The police towed the boat with two of the criminals and then returned the sailors generator. Unfortunately, they probably won't see their dinghy again. We had left our dinghy in the water too, but now we're going to pull it up every night. Thieves are looking for easy targets.
We are up early. The sunrise is spectacular. Dive Guana came to the boat to collect the money for their mooring at 8a.m. We drop the mooring lines at 8:30 a.m. Some clouds roll in and we have more wind today, but in the wrong direction. It is on our nose as we motor to Man-O-War Cay. We anchored outside of Man-O-War Harbour at 10 a.m. and took our dinghies in. We beached the dinks next to the Albury sailmakers shop. Judy and I are in heaven here. We shop at the sailmakers shop first. They used to make sails, but just make bags of all kinds now. Then we worked our way down the street. There is a woodworking shop, a fabric shop with Andros batik fabrics and clothes made in Man-O-War. We shop in a few other boutiques and gift shops. We finally tear ourselves away and are back on the boats and pulling the anchors by 12:30. We only have a few miles to go to Hopetown, our next port of call. We have lunch underway. The sun is back out. It is low tide as we reach Elbow Cay. Nemo is first and we slowly feel our way in behind them. The depth alarm keeps going off but we do not run aground. A large 50 foot ketch runs aground ahead of us and tells us to go around his port side. We talk to them as we pass by. They were the race committee boat for a race earlier today. They are just going to sit and have a party waiting for the tide to float them off. Hopetown Harbour is full of boats on moorings. Nemo finds an empty ball and ties up. We make our way around a few times. All of the empty balls that I see have reserved signs on them. Many times people will reserve a ball by the week or month and then come and go, leaving a milk jug marked reserved on the mooring. As we start to make or way around to look again, a man comes out in a boat and shows us to an open mooring. He even handed me the lines. He said he thinks that's the last one, our lucky day! The Elbow Reef lighthouse watches over the harbour. As soon as we are settled in, we hop into the dinghies to go ashore. We get a scoop of coconut ice cream and wander the streets of adorable pastel colored cottages with fences covered with bougainvillea. We stopped to buy coconut bread and cinnamon raisin bread at the bakery. We ended up at Cap't. Jacks for happy hour, dinner and bingo (called Jacks). The drinks had names like "Jack hammer" ,"Jack rabbit"and "hit the road Jack". We sat on the deck overlooking the harbour. It was dark when we left. The full moon was shining on one side of the harbour and the lighthouse was shining on the other!