BWS on the water again with Troop 68 Farmington Ct.
18 August 2017 | Marsh Harbor
Blue Water Surrender is back on the water with Boy Scout Troop 68 from Farmington, Connecticut my home state! What a great week of raising sails and exploring the Sea of Abaco. I really am not able to say sailing as the wind was so light to nil. This week was inch by inch without the power of our motors. Yet it was a good time blessed by no rain at night. Rain did wash our decks down at Hope-town on Monday but otherwise it was seen only off in the distance.
Our fishing report is one of the Great Barracudas landing on our sugar scoops. The couple that got away by stealing bait or cutting our line made for exciting fishing. One pan size snapper was met with mercy and released to go out and grow larger. The heat is blazing this time of year makes catching scarce and the heat is on big time!
Breathless nights and sweltering days is creating sweat aboard making for very enjoyable reef visits. The joy of jumping in to cool water is the only way to survive! Sharing the water with us are sharks, rays, tropicals, conch ,lobster and beautiful elk horn coral on Sandy Cay Reef located at the south end of the Sea of Abaco.
While heading over to North Guana Reef a beautiful large dolphin came up to Adonai inches away from our port bow showing off in magnificent beauty. Adonai closing in on Treasure Cay sites a giant sea turtle popping his head up for a breath of fresh air. We were looking for a hook in his mouth as last week Captain Trevor at the helm hooked a very large sea turtle taking the fishing bait as he was being reeled in the line snap at the back of Adonai. This was the most unusual catch reeled in to Adonai ever!
Showers are never so welcomed after a hot week at sea. Treasure Cay hosts Adonai every week with this pleasure along with cinnamon buns hot out of the oven at Cafe Florence. Chef Amanda wakes at 4 a.m. every week to make this possible and we are grateful. Here at Treasure we buy more needed ice for cold water aboard and fill up our water tanks for the rest of the week.
With our last night out at sea once again arrive famous Scout Island for skits and a time to roast hot dogs on an open fire. Despite the heat the fire is enjoyed. Being out in nature and back to the very basics has a certain pleasure of its own. Scouts love camping and the great out doors.
A wonderful week is completed with peace, fun, laughter and an appreciation for each other while experiencing God’s creation. Once back at the dock in Marsh Harbor after cleaning Adonai from bow to stern inside and out, our 20 scouts enjoy dinner at Jakes. Soaking in the air-conditioning takes on new meaning before they head home in the morning.
Thank you Troop 68 for joining us on the Sea of Abaco aboard Adonai this week.
Captain Ted and I are hanging out in the shade for a day. We will head out tomorrow for our final week of the season here at Bahamas Sea Base High Adventure of the Boy Scouts of America. Pray for hurricane free waters and a safe passage return to the Florida Keys, our home port and home to Blue Water Surrender serving people via God's oceans. It is His love , mercy, and grace that sets us free.