Where oh where have the past two months gone!! They feel like they’ve been a complete blur even though my perpetual forward motion seems to only average about 4 knots! So many updates, so many amazing places, faces, and tales to tell. Here an now is a quick run down. Many more details, pictures, and stories of these happening to come as things have now begun to slow and routine is slowly working its way back into my life. To bad cause I sure do love that whirl of initial new beginnings, awe well routine has its perks as well.
Down the Intercostal and across the Gulf Stream Jun 24 -26
Spent two nights in the intercostal then hit North Palm Beach about 4 O’Clock refueled and jumped that night cause the window was perfect! We were sent off well by some new friends at the fuel dock, and even though I can’t say it was a “Smooth” crossing it was a complete success in the respect that we totally made it!!! After 36 hrs, down the intercostal that morning, then across the Gulf Stream that night, then across the northern Bahama bank all the next day we made Great Sail Cay in the northern Abaco by 5pm anchored up and slept a much needed whole night threw.
Great Sail Cay to Fox Town to Alan’s to Green Turtle Jun 27-Jul2
We got a late start out of Sail Cay due to groggy-ness and a stretched out alternator belt giving me headaches. We were headed directly to Alan’s but ran out of day light so eeked into the cut at Fox town to anchor over night just by the last light in the sky – Haven’t made that mistake again! Next morning we made the jump over to Allen’s got both the anchors dove down into some good holes just in time for a south westerly blow to come in strong. The next day high winds and rain kept us at Allen’s another night but we did get a few hrs of sun at the beach, made some friends with the neighboring sister tri’s and hung an ordament on the “cruiser tree.” Got out of Allen’s in a fresh breeze the next morning but unfortunitly that breeze was once again right on our nose. A slow motor to Green Turtle meant we didn’t make it in to port in time to clear in that day. We anchored up in Black Sound hoisted our quanintine flag and waited for morning. I cleared us all in the next morning Jul 2nd. We meandered around town most the day and found a nice little place with a pool, a bar and internet connection. Roo (our 3rd crew member who I have shamefully failed to introduce here up to this point) made her arrangements to fly out the next morning. We met up with a couple of our friends again from Allen’s and made plans to go over to the Staranded Naked party with them on their Tri the next day.
Stranded Nacked and Abaco Regatta Week Jul 3-10
The real BLUUUR begins!! What can I say about this week it was crazy, every day felt like three in one. We met SO many awesome people, there were so many parties and oh yes races, lots of sailboats racing. We managed to get on a 60ft Catameran for a couple days of racing – Not quite my ushual crewing experience of foredeck on a J24 to say the least!!! And know Jamie has a completely skewed experience of what crewing a sailboat during a race is actually like, but hey I can deal with fun and relaxing. It even gave me the opprtunity to bring out my camera and get some real nice shots, that hasn’t happened during a race since my days with Team High Sea’s in St. Augustine. We pretty much followed the races down from Green Turtle to Guana to Marsh and lastly Hope Town through the week. The last Hope town race was cancelled due to fears of the developing storm Chantal to the south. As it turned out that storm broke up to mostly nothing and the 10th would have been a beautiful day to sail. Awe well most the boats in the area headed back to the states. We bid fair well to our departing new friends and were thankful that our livers would be recieving a break 🙂
Hope Town – Tillo – Lynard & Little Harbor
Ever since the races ended Jam and I have been throughly enjoying our no plan “plan”. We kinda just meander here and there as we please. We made it down to Little Harbor and throughly enjoyed being out in the wild southern regions of Abaco. We’ve been trying to fish and kite but haven’t had to much luck with timing either yet. With the exception of being rather sucessful at collecting conch. We are now in Hope Town waiting on some friends to arrive and I’m obviously starting to go through pictures and notes from the log to find things to share. There will be much more to share on all the subjects and new happening coming soon right here.