Thursday, Day 14
02 December 2010 | 17 0.89'N:61 46.34'W, Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
Thursday, December 2
There's nothing like a good West Indian curry to set the evening off on the right foot. And believe, me on Wednesday night, the anchor team deserved a good meal.
We dropped the hook in English Harbour late in the afternoon and Philip, Doug and Ulf headed to shore so Doug could clear out at customs and be ready for this morning's early taxi ride to the airport. When Philip returned, he thought it best to move the boat to a new spot, so Bob took his usual position on the foredeck to pull up the 50 feet of chain we had out. With Ulf gone, I filled in on the retrieval team. The first 35 feet came in, no problem, but then we were stopped dead in out track. It wasn't until Philip wrapped the chain around the windlass (now we learn it works!) and gave it a good tug that we discovered we were hauling an additional four chains. Soon enough the tangle was unsnagged, though, and just as quickly, we were re-anchored and headed to shore.
First stop in Falmouth was the Mad Mongoose, where we caught the tail end of happy hour. Then we walked around the corner and had a dinner that couldn't be beat. Then, it was back to the Mongoose where a Germany vs. US foosball match of playoff intensity ensued, with Philip and Ulf accused or roughing the table, while Peter and Bob defended the good old Red, White and Blue.
Team US won one set, but I'd have to say, the nod goes to Deutschland.
Outside the bar, Bob negotiated fiercely with the local who'd brought his donkey and its 14-week-old baby to town. Something was said about replacing Ulf on the anchoring team with the young burro, but in the end, we decided though Philip has his hands full with Ulf, he'd probably not be in that much better of a position trying to raise the donkey while working on the boat the next few weeks.
This morning, we raised anchor and sailed a short hop around to Falmouth Harbour, where Tioga will spend the winter. Mega yachts lined the piers, in town for the charter boat show. Mirabella V was along the docks getting a paint job, and across the channel, the Maltese Falcon's yards were agleam.
Once the anchor was down, we set to work getting Tioga ready for her harbor stay. The sun bimini was unpacked and set in short order and Philip pulled out a windscoop to get some much-needed air below.
This afternoon, we'll hike to Shirley Heights and shop for a few provisions. But to be honest our journey has nearly come to a close. Tomorrow, we'll look for a space at the dock to clean, clean, clean, and get set for our own taxi ride to the airport, leaving Philip and Ulf to work out their wifi connection for the weeks ahead. Philip may still go looking for the little donkey. Who knows.
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