Today we had to say goodbye Team Nauti, Capt. Ben of Miss Nauti, a tournament center console fishing boat and his crew Robert and Chuck. Ben, Robert and Chuck joined us 2 days ago while we were still in Rock Sound. They were headed home from Cat Island after the 8th Annual Wahoo Championship and opted to turn north to Eleuthera rather than fight some heavy seas back to Nassau. Luckily we were anchored at Rock Sound with cold beers and a few warm beds.
After readying Soul Purpose for another round of visitors, the boys arrived and so did the party! We jumped on Miss Nauti (the center console) and anchored off Coco Plum's restaurant. A quick dinghy ride in and before we knew it we were sitting atop the upper deck overlooking the harbor with a cold Kalik, awesome wings (Derek has already asked for the recipe), puffy conch fritters and even some cracked conch! We were fortunate to get a lesson from Coco on how to open a conch - see he only serves fresh conch, meaning you watch him pull it right out of the water after you've ordered. After which he proceed to hammer it three times, stick a knife in the shell to cut the muscle and quicker than you realize he's skinning it to make sure it's not chewy. Fresh conch is the only way to eat it!
Several rounds of drinks later and in true Loggerhead style we partied...Coco even called in some friends to round out the crowd. There was even some dancing in Junkanoo garb, where Chuck stole the show with his dance moves!
After plowing through a few more drinks (BTW Coco makes good ones) the boys were getting rowdy so we headed out for a responsible boat ride back the mother ship. Of course Derek decided to race Ben's 600 horsepower boat with his 6 hp dinghy...it was close but after nearly throwing me overboard and crashing into Soul Purpose (nice work Ben) the center console inched out the skilled dinghy driver. We had our nightcaps and headed to bed for some much needed sleep.
Day 2 with Team Nauti brought more fun and bad decisions... We decided to head North to the Pineapple Cays, but the wind kicked up to 28 knots. This might not have been a problem but the wind was right on the nose and we were towing the 35 foot center console with the catamaran. About half way there we called it quits and decided to cut the umbilical cord. Harder than it sounds...we had to bring two big boats rocking about in a 5 foot chop close enough together to drop Ben off on the center console. A vast display of seamanship as Chuck called it, we were successful! Ben blasted off ahead and the remaining crew on Soul Purpose hoisted the sails and got underway. Robert, a devote power boater even got behind the wheel to try his hand. He did great except for running away from the helm every time spray came over the bow...power boaters...nothing more needs to be said. Shortly after some fun and wet sailing we met Ben and dropped the anchor in a beautiful bay (South Palmetto Point, Eleuthera). We took the dinghy ashore and walked 15 minutes or so to "the" famous pizza place, Mate and Jenny's. Two excellent $30 dollar pizza's and of course plenty of drinks later we headed back. We were all pretty beat but we managed to shoot a few rounds off with a 9mm, attempted to use a taser on Robert and emptied a bunch of clips with a high powered BB gun! Fortunately this would be considered a nice and tamed evening for this group, compared to some of our past adventures.
We loved having our friends hang out for a couple days, but today they powered off to Atlantis. I am sure they will have a blast tonight and manage to get into some trouble. D managed to hotwire and steal a golf cart last time he was there and nearly fall off the boat. Fortunately he and Ben will not be there at the same time...fortunate for Atlantis and its guests anyway! We will miss you guys and hope to see you soon!