Dagny's Winter Cruise

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How Low Can You Go ?

04 April 2019
Allan Gray
We had a beautiful sail north to Marsh Harbour on Monday afternoon in a steady 12 knot breeze while reminiscing about our winter holiday so far. Although we won't be home for another 7 weeks or so, the Bahamas chapter is coming to a close. We stopped at Mermaid Reef for one last snorkel before anchoring in Marsh Harbour for the night. We quickly secured the boat and headed ashore to start our provisioning for the trip back to the states. We hope to be at sea for 3 or 4 days and want to prepare and freeze enough meals to see us through the trip. Even though supplies are abundant in Marsh Harbour they are still fairly expense so the trick is to have enough food in reserve while sailing to the US but not be over stocked upon arrival.

Check in time at the Conch Inn marina is 12:00 which gave me time in the morning to change the fuel filters on the engine. It is hard to dispose of hazardous materials in the Bahamas so I try and plan maintenance days in harbours that accept old oil and filters. Once we were tied up to the dock it was time to get down to the serious work of cleaning Dagny inside and out. The hull had to be washed twice, once with soap and a second time with vinegar to get the caked on salt off. While I hung out of the dinghy working away on the hull Bev spent the day cooking and freezing our meals. After two days of hard work Dagny is looking good and following a final check to the engine we are more or less ready to go.

The fuel and water tanks are full, the propane topped up, laundry has been done and the kayak has been stored away. Once our crew arrives Friday afternoon we'll be on our way, weather permitting.

Our friends on Ti Amo are here as well preparing to head north in a week or so and last night Glenda organized a group to head out for dinner. The Jib Room is a popular local waterfront restaurant that hosts a fish or rib buffet dinner on Wednesday nights. The food was fantastic but the highlight was the entertainment after dinner. Beside the Rake and Scrape band there was a guy who gave a limbo demonstration. After encouraging the crowd to try their best at the limbo he decided to show everyone how it's really done. As he passed under the flaming bar that was barely 18 inches off the ground, he took the time to light a cigarette from the flames.

Today's picture is self explanatory.

Vessel Name: Dagny
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 402
Hailing Port: South Lancaster On
Crew: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
About: Allan is a retired Montreal Air Traffic Controller and Bev is a retired Elementary School Principal.
Extra: After many years of local cruising and Etchells racing we are living our dream of sailing to the Bahamas. Allan enjoys golfing, cycling and skiing. Bev is an active cyclist, runner, aerobics participant and cross country skier.
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Who: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
Port: South Lancaster On