Arrived in the Harbor!
27 April 2021 | Marsh Harbor
Gail Gordon | Sunny
4-26-21 Marsh Harbor Abaco
Rocking under the stars with a cool breeze. It is one of those nights you dream of , peace and quiet dreaming away. Then the sound of the whipping wind causes you to stir . As the wind continues to barrel down the rain and lightening flash and the boat is jumping around turning with the wind. Peaceful sleep becomes watch, as you question and check to see if your anchor is holding, watching til the storm will pass. Eventually all is well and the night passes into day.
Morning comes and it's time to move on. Marsh Harbor our final destination a short 30 minute sail way. Entering the harbor a few sunken vessels remain but it is well populated with cruising boats. We can see the progress of many docks being rebuilt and roofs on the shore line buildings. Going ashore the ruins from Dorian sit as a reminder as the Abacos continue to rebuild .
Our faithful friend Amos meets us at Union Jack dock which is said by the cruisers, to be the best dock in the islands. That is a very high rating and I agree it is quite fine with sturdy ladders to climb, when landing with your dingy on low tide. Last year this time was a different story. We were climbing over debris with pieces of the dock here and there. Amos drove us to pick up two rental vans to use for transportation this week,. The windshields were in place. Last year if a vehicle was running it probably had a busted our windshield or was severely cracked.
Our first mission today is to be compliant with the local government covid protocol. All 21 of us pile in to the vehicles to head off to the clinic. After being in the Bahamas for 5 days you need to have a rapid test. I wonder how much one nose can take? Again, what a pleasant surprise. I secretly rate testers on who much pain they inflict to your poor nose. This lady here is an expert , as good as Guatemala , no pain what a blessing.
Our purpose here is Awake a revival event we have been planing over the last year with the local churches and a team from the states. Sailing over from the Florida Keys our vessel Viento Azul has been carrying supplies along with our team of now 9 . Joining us Aboard s/v Adonai is Global Love Initiative with a team of 12 and more supplies.
Today we unpacked our vessels with countless trips ashore. Loading and unloading becomes an event when it's windy. It is a-lot of work when you are tied up to a dock . When you are anchored out it becomes even more fun. Try putting a 150 pound playground set in your 12 foot dingy plus the people to carry it. It is almost as fun as a washing machine in your dingy. With all items secure on the dock it is time to load it all into the vehicles and head of to Pastor Baillou's church. Here we start the preparation to organize for the days ahead.
Returning to the boat on the water front the restaurant Colors was open along with Fatty's conch bar. We bought the rest of the conch salad which was fresh and delicious. The day was ending with the sunset over the harbor in the same time the moon was rosing above. We all met aboard Adonai to grill some burgers. As the night grows dark and the wind howls on it is rocking us all away.