Our next stop on our tour of the Abaco's was Hope Town on Elbow Cay.
The Cruisers Net home base of operations is in Hope Town. Every morning members of the Cruisers Net take turns hosting a town hall type of meeting on VHF 68 at 8:15am. Seven days a week they provide weather, happenings and a forum for finding anything you might need. It's a great service for the cruising community.
Hope Town is another place where the Loyalists settled. Here's a plaque marking their arrival. It's on a small beach maintained by the local sailing club.
We took time to visit the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum (1785) with exhibits of early life on Elbow Cay. They had a 20m video on the history and we are so happy we took the time to watch it.
Hope Town is one of the larger communities in the Abacos. Here's the school set in the side of a bluff.
We found this small memorial park with examples of native vegetation.
Hope Town is also home to Elbow Reef Lighthouse. It is the most recognized landmark in Abaco and the last light of its kind in the world. This photo was taken as we left TARDIS.
The walk to the top of the lighthouse was a little over 100 steps and well worth the climb.
The lamp burns kerosene, the only one still operating. The lighthouse operator has to light it every night and pull the weight to the top of the tower every 2 hours to make it turn.
The views from inside and outside at the top were spectacular.
This is the doorknob to the small door leading to the deck ourside of the lighthouse at the top.
While we were at the top of the lighthouse we watched a Moorings M/V Charter boat anchor just in front of TARDIS. From our vantage point it looked like they dropped anchor right on top of our Rochna. After leaving the lighthouse we made a trip back to the boat and sure enough the charter with six partying guys was about 50' in front of TARDIS. They cooperated and moved further away in a wide open anchorage.
Hope Town is a beautiful city with narrow paved roads for the golf carts that are everywhere. Most of the streets are lined with flowering Bougainvila. Only a few are blooming this time of year.
At the end of one of the roads we found these chairs overlooking the anchorage. TARDIS is just past the small island. We stopped and read for a long time in the shade. Very relaxing.
This is the harbor in Hope Town. No anchoring is allowed so you have to take a mooring ball which we did not do.
There are a number of Abaco Dinghies, and if it were not so windy we could have watched them race. Here is the last wooden boat built by one of the Aubury's before he passed. It is being finished by volunteers under the lighthouse.
We would have loved to see this boat sail. Look at the length of that boom!
We left Hope Town on Friday, race day for the Hope Town Cup. The committee boat was anchored right next to us. There were just as many people on RC as participants (6 boats).
The Hope Town Cup consisted of two races, one on Wednesday and one on Friday. A J80, Grumpy Old Men, the smallest boat in the fleet, won. Of course on the radio the 2nd place boat, a J105, was justifying how the handicap rule favored the smaller boat. HA!