Monday, January 30, 2017
was now plenty of room behind us), reset the alarm and all was well.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
East Bay is considered to be an unsafe anchorage in strong winds so we didn't want to stay the night there. After our lovely day there we pulled the anchor up again and returned to West Bay.
Friday, January 27, 2017
scarier than before, with breakers all the way across. I tied all of the loose items to the dinghy just in case... George masterfully made it out (phew) and turned toward Breeze On. We passed 2 dolphins along the way.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
This morning we saw a dolphin swim past then we took the dinghy to shore and found the path to the other side of the island. We walked along a beach and George climbed a large rock to check out the view and take pictures. Then we snorkeled off of the beach. A large barracuda followed us and seemed to be quite curious. In the afternoon we dinghied to shore again and walked along the beach. We met a friendly young couple who worked and saved their money, bought a boat, worked and saved some more, then took a year to go cruising.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The wind has subsided and we are getting ready to leave the marina in the morning. The storm turned out to be not as bad as predicted. We had wind in the 20's for several hours, gusting into the 30's. It has been dry here lately so the wind kicked up quite a dust storm. We had dust all over the boat, inside and out. It did eventually rain so the outside of the boat was cleaned. We spent today cleaning all of the surfaces inside.
We have decided to purchase a portable Honda generator to supplement the solar panels. (Tell your friend he was right, Dave!) George called around and wasn't able to find anyone local who sells them so we are going to order one to be delivered the same way we had our new solar panel delivered. It will be sent to Watermakers Air in Fort Lauderdale and they will fly it to Staniel Cay. We will pick it up there in a week or two.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
This evening we participated in a marina potluck dinner, organized by Robin from Cookie Monster. There were a lot of people there and a lot of food. It was crowded and noisy. The photo shows just a portion of the people there.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
After 2 nights in George Town we are back at the Marina at Emerald Bay. A cold front is on the way and is predicted to bring westerly winds of up to 50 knots. There are already a lot more boats here with the same idea. We walked the docks this afternoon and met quite a few friendly boaters. Robin from Cookie Monster is here (she invited us to the bonfire at Lee Stocking Island) and is planning to organize a potluck for tomorrow night. Sounds like fun.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
We have decided to stay at the marina another week. Chris Parker has predicted a cold front bringing very strong westerly winds. Anchorages that are protected from west winds are much harder to find than those protected from east winds. Also, we pay a reduced daily fee if we extend our stay so the total cost ends up being the same. We will leave for a couple of days while the wind is calm and return on Saturday. Our new outboard has arrived in George Town so we plan to motor down there tomorrow and have it installed. (The warrantee is valid only if the seller installs it on our dinghy).
In the meantime, the water was calm enough for snorkeling so we did a bit this afternoon. One of the golf course fairways is next to the water where we snorkeled. George found 32 balls while snorkeling! We had heard that the strong winds during the PGA tournament caused the golfers to lose a lot of balls.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
We took a walk on the beach yesterday and on our way back we went through the Sandals property just to check it out. It seems very nice, but isn't our thing. We are much happier being here on our own boat.
Monday, January 16, 2017
For entertainment yesterday we walked to the breakwater and watched boats leaving the harbor. It can be tricky leaving Emerald Bay in winds from north to east. The winds are predominantly east so the conditions are often not good for coming or going. George took a video of one boat leaving. I have been trying to upload it without success. Instead I will include a screen grab from the video. Watching them getting bounced all around made us feel good about our decision to stay another few days.
Yesterday was a day of relaxation and reading on the beach before their return to the cold north.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Pam and Brad had a fantastic time on their 4C's Adventures tour. I am so happy. They covered a lot of ground in their fast-moving motor boat. They were able to see much more than we could have shown to them even if we had been able to take Breeze On out of the marina. Their favorite spot was Thunderball Grotto and the tropical fish they saw while snorkeling in the grotto. The next favorite was a mile-long sand bar and the beautiful colors of the clear water which change according to the depth. The next favorite was swimming with sharks at Compass Cay. We haven't yet been there and didn't realize that the sharks are not kept in a pen, they are free to come and go as they please. They are well-fed, though. The tour also visited Pig Beach, a cave, a beach with lots of iguanas and Black Point where they ate a buffet lunch at Lorraine's. The tour guides also shared a lot of local knowledge, including the fact that David Copperfield owns 11 islands in the Exumas. For a mere $39,000 a night you, too, and up to 11 of your closest friends could stay at one of his islands.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
We are having a wonderful time with Pam and Brad. The weather is less than ideal but they are making the best of it. The temperatures are in the 60's and 70's, it is often cloudy and squally and it is very windy. As they have said, though, it is better than what they left behind in Boston. It is even better than what our friends in Maryland are having now. They have gone to the beach several times, walking on the golf cart paths through the PGA tournament that has been taking place. We attended a "Happier Hour" hosted by the marina on Monday. Pam and George played pool while we waited for it to begin. Pam did the dishes after dinner and really outdid herself piling them up to dry. She takes after her dad in that regard. Last evening we walked to the nearby Emerald Bay Pub and Grill for dinner. It was delicious. After dinner we played Mexican Train. Brad had never played before but he became the champion of the evening. This morning Pam and Brad went off on an all-day tour of the Exuma Islands with Four C's tours. We have seen the Four C's boats zipping around in various anchorages. It is a way for them to experience more of the Bahamas since the wind and seas are keeping us from leaving the marina until after they leave. I hope they are having a good time in spite of the squalls we are having off and on.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Pam and Brad arrived yesterday. They flew into the Exuma International Airport. They left Boston early in the morning, just ahead of a snowstorm. When they arrived in the Bahamas we had our usual 80 degree weather, which felt great to them. The same cold front which caused the snowstorm has now hit here, causing the winds to be 20-30 knots. It is windy and 73 degrees, cool for here. They aren't complaining, it is better than the weather at home. In fact, they have already been swimming at the beach twice. It is supposed to stay very windy all week; too windy to leave the marina so we will find more things to do around here.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017
After going through Adderly Cut out into Exuma Sound we turned south toward Emerald Bay. The winds were light and the seas were calm. We had assumed there wouldn't be enough wind to sail, but we were wrong. We sailed a nice, calm beam reach in winds around 10 knots. We haven't had conditions like that since we left the Abacos almost 2 months ago. We pulled into The Marina at Emerald Bay and into our slip. We haven't had Breeze On in a slip for almost 2 months, either. My first order of business was laundry. Emerald Bay has 4 each heavy duty washers and dryers and they are free! And the laundry room is open 24 hours. They also have free wifi and it seems to work better than most of the wifi we have seen in the Bahamas. After dinner it was time for long, hot showers. Ahhhhh.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Tomorrow we plan to head south to Emerald Bay Marina to await the arrival of our daughter, Pam, and her boyfriend, Brad. We would like to return to this area later and visit Leaf Cay which apparently has numerous iguanas on the beach.
The winds are very light at the moment so we will be motoring tomorrow. A big cold front is due to arrive on Sunday and bring wind of 30-40 kn. We are very glad that we will be tried up to a secure dock by then.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
onfire. It was a very pleasant evening and we are so grateful to have been included.
Monday, January 2, 2017
before and plan to spend just one night. Then we will go about 25 miles north and check out an anchorage at Lee Stocking Island.