Friday, March 11, 2011


We got off the dock and first stop was Orchid Bay on Guana.This was a peaceful bay with 2 small marinas and mooring balls,we were lucky to get a mooring ball then headed out to Nippers bar.The bar is oceanside with rolling waves and reefs up close,the water has the most incredible shades of blues and greens and it is wonderful to eat their lobster sandwich and sip their frozen rum punch with the roar of the ocean and relax.We enjoyed a second relaxing day at the mooring and walked the beaches then on to Hopetown.Again lucky to get a mooring ball outside of Hopetown Marina and enjoyed their showers.We have lots of fresh water thanks to the Spectra watermaker and tiny inside shower but mostly use the cockpit showers at night inside the enclosure so a marina shower to stay as long as you wish is a treat at times.At Hopetown this time we enjoyed one of the keylime pies from Vern at Verns Grocery and it was so delicious-tart and smooth and not too sweet with meringue topping.A trip up the 101 stairs winding to the top of the lighthouse helped burn some calories and we both were in awe of the scenery of seeing the ocean and the Bahama banks from above.There are several restaurants,shops and the most beautiful pastel cottages but not the beautiful beaches that I crave.We left for our Marsh Harbor dock the next day not because of the batteries-that held 12-13 volts this trip but because of predicted squalls.
I had a request about who we have met on out trip and there were so many but here are a few.First were Otis and Marti that we met weekly at the S.S.C.A. breakfasts in Annapolis.They are retired and have made several trips here on their Freedom 40 and gave us invaluable advice and friendship.They have stayed in the Abacos this year because of aging parent concerns and we have shared anchorages several times along with the weekly potlucks here.
Gary and Janet on Lee-Ann are from Bedford,Pa. and we met them in Deltaville while they were having sailboat engine repairs.They taught us how to play train dominos there one rainy day and we have caught up with them here where we relearned the domino game and enjoy their fun personalities.
At Palm Beach while waiting for a weather window to cross to here we met Barry and Vicki on Cantible a 43 foot Irwin catch.Vicki teaches college english classes near their home in Annapolis so that meant a plane trip in the middle of their winter to teach.Barry has a twinkle in his eyes and is so much fun,Vicki brings us knowledge from a long sailing background.
Vince and Linda on Fortnight are on a sailboat that they completed in their Canadian backyard.They are retired teachers who have traveled the world with student programs and offer good advice and companionship.
Scott and MaryLynne on Zingaro took over 20 years to build their boat in Thunder Bay Canada.Scott has retired from law enforcement and  his wife works as a physician near their home in the summer.Scott is a skilled McGyver type that will help with any boat issue and runs the nightly 5pm happy hour on his dock at Teasure Cay Marina.
Ed from Boston is also a crazy character that we met at Treasure Cay.He saved for many years for his new Valiant - Tir Na Nog.His wife doesn`t enjoy sailing and he needs a crew to return to the states in April.It is such a gorgeous boat and he is a fun Irishman,sure hope his wife grows to like sailing soon.
Richard and Judy on Partners in Paradise live on aTradewinds 47 trawler.We enjoyed their company on the I.C.W. at several ports but they had 2 powerboats wake them at a high rate of speed causing boat damage and when we met at Daytona Beach some  family issues meant no Bahamas this year.They are retired from the sheriffs dept. and they make everone they meet feel like family.I look forward to seeing them again.
Well that is just a few of the people we have met.Of course we have met a few jerks but very few.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful group of people you have met. Thanks for sharing that with us.


Anonymous said...

Thank;s for sharing all these experiences.
I am still a few years behind you.
This year I am putting on a new barrier coat, and bottom paint.
Maybe next year, the water maker.