15 April 2017 | Allans-Pensacola
Partly Sunny, Occasional Squalls, Winds 15-20 ENE
While anchored in the lee of Lynyard Cay we took the dinghy two miles into Little Harbor which is located on Grand Bahama. This is where Gordy lives. Gordy is the person that responded to my call for help over the VHF last year when Ron had his medical issue. We were looking forward to seeing him again this year. The ride over to the harbor was to say the least very challenging. The swell from the cut was easily 3-4 feet. In addition to this swell, we had to deal with the bounce back off the rock wall located at the opening of the harbor. We had swells coming from two completely opposite directions which made it one of the most difficult times we've had getting someplace in the dinghy. While ashore, we had lunch at Pete's Pub with our friends Donna and Jerry from Blue Jacket. After lunch, we visited the art gallery and toured the foundry which is renowned for its "lost wax casting in bronze". Here is where they make life size marine bronzes and jewelry inspired by local motifs. Later in the day we met Gordy at the Pub for happy hour. It was great catching up with him. By the time we headed back to our boat the winds and ocean swell had laid down making our ride home much easier.
The following morning we sailed to Marsh Harbor, which is also located on Grand Bahama. We went into Mangos Marina where we stayed last year. We have not been in a marina since January. The first thing we did was take a long warm shower. The next day we gave the boat a good cleaning, inside and out. Then it was time to do laundry and walk to the local grocery store to provision the ships stores. Our friends Mary Beth and Joe bought some fresh stone crab claws which they share with us and their dock mates during happy hour. That was a real treat. Later we reciprocated by having lobster fettuccine for dinner on our boat. Needless to say, our waistlines continue to expand. The next morning, we went on a dive charter with Captain Keith. Mary Beth, Joe, Ron and I had the boat to ourselves. We did two dives, both were fabulous. The first dive we saw rock formations that resembled the following: an armadillo, Darth Vader's helmet, and an ostrich. Oh and of course we swam with the two groupers Gidget and Gulliver. Gulliver was friendly enough to let me pet him. When Ron and I dropped down for the second dive there was a 5-foot reef shark swimming directly below us. I was just a little apprehensive, but soon realized he was of no threat to us. During the dive, Captain Keith lead us through many swim throughs and over beautiful coral heads with a variety of fish. That evening we went to the Jib Room for dinner with Blue Jacket and Sapphire. Another couple, Pat and Susie joined us as well. We were entertained by a DJ who also performed "Rake and Scrape". "Rake and Scrape" is music accompanied by a saw and various percussion instruments. They encouraged the audience to participate as well. It was a lot of fun.
We left our slip the next morning and sailed to Man of War Cay. We anchored outside the harbor and took the dinghy into shore where we walked around the island. The island is the home to the Albury Brothers Boat Building company. Here they build sturdy round bilge deep-V fiber glass outboard boats which are renowned in the Abacos and Florida.
After a couple of days, we had a great sail to Green Turtle Cay. We rented a golf cart with Donna and Jerry and toured the island and had a nice lunch at a local restaurant. Ron as usual had"Cracked Conch". He never seems to be tired of it, and as he says, "I can't get this back at Lake Ontario".
We are currently anchored at Allans-Pensacola Cay where we are preparing for our 570 mile off shore passage from Great Sail Cay to Beaufort, NC. To prepare for this trip, I have been preparing meals and Ron has changed the oil and filter in the engine and has done other safety preparations to voyage off-shore. This passage will take us about four days. The plan is to leave Monday morning and arrive in Beaufort sometime on Friday.
As I am writing this, a squall is coming through and one of the boats has dragged anchor and is drifting out of the bay. People are trying to call him on the radio but he isn't answering. Ron took the dinghy and went out to see if he is okay. Everything is fine and he is motoring back in to re-anchor.
The next time you hear from us we should be stateside.