Short Hop Day
15 March 2009
We awake to calm seas, warm weather and the beautiful scenery of the numerous cays and beaches in our vicinity. The other two boats in our convoy join us and we make a short hike across the Island to the Sound side with hopes to snorkle the reefs. It is quite rough and we decide not to snorkle but we have a great morning exploring and chatting. Back to the Bank side which is much more protected and shallow, we do get in some snorkelling in the warm, clear waters.
After lunch we decide to do the short hop to Staniel Cay/Big Major Spot. Recall this area from our trip down the Exuma chain as the place where the James Bond move Thunderball was filmed and Big Major Spot as the place where the pigs live and come into the water to greet boaters.
We take Sea Sharp into the dock to take on water and get a few basic provisions. But "da mail boat, she come tomorrow", so there is not much in the stores. Back to the anchorage, then off to happy hour at Club Thunderball. We are reunited with Zoltan and Dora, Canadians sailing on Dazzle, a gorgeous C&C 121. We met them first at West End just after our crossing and saw them several times on our trip. They are planning to soon sail their boat across the Atlantic to the Med. We wish them Godspeed.
There are many boats in this anchorage and again, in the "it's a small world" theme, we anchor right next to a boat from Saint John. The Mom and Dad are actually from Nova Scotia and are home schooling their two girls. We muse about the richness of their experience on this sabbatical year. We think about our friends Scott and Joanna and their two children, Charlotte and Allister from St. Stephen/St. Andrews who did this trip two years ago on Mysterious Ways, the slightly smaller cousin to our Sea Sharp. We fondly recall a wonderful afternoon in St. Andrews harbour where the family told us stories about their trip, the children, in particular holding us spellbound with their great recollection of their adventures.