10 March 2017
It was worth the wait, we left Royal Island this morning at 6:30 in a light easterly breeze and a beautiful clear sky. It's always easy to tell when people have been pinned down by the weather because it is always a mass exodus, and this morning was no different as we left with 10 other boats. The forecast was bang on with 10-15 knots from the east with 4-6 ft. swells and we arrived in Little Harbour at 3 pm. where we managed to grab the last mooring. Shortly after we cleared Eleuthra Bev had her fishing line out and within 20 minutes had a fish, unfortunately it was a baracuda. We released it and reset the line and within a couple of minutes we had a huge strike, and I mean a huge strike, it almost ripped the Cuban Wheel off the boat. As soon as we started to pull it in the line went slack, hence the expression " hook, line and sinker" because everything was gone. Locals tell us it was most likely a shark, undaunted Bev rigged another lure but didn't have any more luck. Fortunately, we still had some leftover stew for dinner.
Once we were settled we went ashore for a short visit to Pete's Pub with the crew from Heartstring with whom we had travelled.This is a beautiful, well protected harbour and home to an artist who does bronze sculptures. This is one stop that was high on my to do list; Steve Martin and I were here with my Tanzer 22 in 1978 and I have always wanted to return. We had anchored here for 4 or 5 days and spent the days playing volleyball until the rising tide washed the court away then everyone would head to the pub. When we left here en route to Nassau I tried my famous KD recipe with sea water, the reasoning being that you always add salt to the water so I thought I'd save a step. Needless to say Steve didn't like my cooking so we settled for peanut butter sandwiches. I cherish the memories from that trip but look forward to forging new ones with Bev and "Dagny" as we wind our way north.
Today's picture is of Heartstring (in the foreground ) and a Morris 46 on the way to Little Harbour.