Feb 12

Cruiser’s Net broadcast every morning at 8:15am to all boaters in the Abacos. Many of the boaters are at anchor and do not have any communications except for their VHF radio. The locals broadcast the weather (Pattie, does the Barometer Bob Forecast), current events in the islands, world  & local news and messages for boaters. This morning they said sunny skies, warm temps, and calm seas! Perfect! We dinked down to Hope Town on Elbow Cay (9 miles) with Andy & Mary. The water so clear we literally felt like we were flying through the air. Pulled up to the public dock about the same time as 2 other boats full of people and guess what? They were all Loopers and we knew them from Rendezvous and ports along the way! “Christine” & “Salty Dawg” were there and crews from “Seasea” & “True North” had flown in from the states for a visit . Met two more Looper couples at the restaurant and that made 16 of us.We all had lunch at a wonderful restaurant on the beach, The Reef Bar & Grill at Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Kind of a mini-rendezvous!!!  We grilled some of the Wahoo fish that the tourney guys on “China Girl” gave us in West End tonight for dinner. It was fabulous! We decided while dining that today was a pretty perfect day.

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Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! We woke up to beautiful weather & water and headed over  to Man O’ War Cay for their Annual Festival to raise money for their public school system. All the shops had booths, there were crafts, flea market items, raffles, crab races, lots of food, food, food. We dinked over around 8:30 am & stayed until after lunch. Ran over to town in Marsh Harbour  for a couple of groceries, I gave a few lessons on how to gracefully board a dinghy at the town dinghy dock (see pictures), then we came home to rest up for the evening.  Saturday Night is “Steak Night” at the Jib Room and we had reservations for 8. Gary & Sarah Grace, Murray & Diane Beck, and Mary & Andy Sarver rounded out our table. Our friends from home arrived today and are staying in a beach house one block away.   We are looking forward to a fun week.

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Feb 15

Anytime you talk to someone about the Abacos they will tell you what to see & do on each of the islands. Without fail, they end with, “and of course, you have to go to Nippers on Sunday”. So, of course, we had to go to Nippers on Great Guana Cay today! The Becks and Graces rented a 23’ Albury (locally built) boat for the week and 8 of us went to the famous Sunday afternoon Pig Roast BBQ. Nippers has an indoor restaurant, but the most fun seems to be taking place on the many levels of pastel painted decks.  It’s on the ocean side of the island which is nice. We had a big time in the afternoon which made for an early night for all of us!

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Feb 17

There are whales here. Mostly sperm whales, pilot whales and orca. The other day there was a baby whale beached on Man O War that had died. It was malnourished and the Cruiser’s Net said that probably the mother was sick and we should all watch for her. They gave a number to call for assistance. If the mother whale is spotted they will try to help her. They seem to be very conscious of the marine eco system. We are still enjoying our friends from home. Feels like old times at the yacht club to be walking in the mornings with Diane & Sarah. They are keeping up quite a pace trying to visit all the different islands while they are here. Today the sea was too rough for traveling by small boat. Hopefully the winds and waves will cooperate while they are here. As February slips toward March the winds typically die down.  Brad went to the barber shop today!

Yea! He looks more like that handsome young man I married again!! We had a Lobster feast aboard "Salvage Crew" this evening. 

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Feb 19

The winds have been coming out of the west, straight into the harbor for 2 days gusting to 25-30 knots and the boat has been in constant motion. We kind of like that, but even though it is sunny and mid 70’s, its not conducive to dinghy rides or even bicycling.  Brad & I laugh to realize that for the first time in our lives we are saying “Hey, It’s OK to do absolutely nothing for a couple of days.” So I have been reading, baking bread, napping while Brad has tinkered and watched TV. I read “Atlantic High” by William F Buckley Jr, a retirement gift from Jim Dye. Even though he is a sailor, the book was very appropriate reading for our trip. Thanks Dye!! Do you miss me yet? In the evenings we have been getting together with the Becks, Graces, & Sarvers for dinner and laughing well into the night at all the funny experiences everyone has had.  Which reminds me of this toast that Forrest Knowles uses often: “There are good ships & wood ships and Ships that sail the seas, but the best ships are friend ships and that shall always be.”  The Becks & Graces return home tomorrow. We’ll miss them. It’s been great to see them.

 

 

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Feb 20

We (Brad, Andy, Mary & I) rented a car this morning & struck out to see more of Great Abaco, the island that Marsh Harbour is located on. It’s the biggest of the Abacos, most are easily toured by bike or golf cart. We went all the way to Sandy Point (50 miles) and stopped at highlights along the way. We were watching for the Wild Horses of Abaco but did not spot any. They are a rare breed called Barb that the Spaniards brought here in 1400’s. They have dwindled to 8 horses and a great effort is being made to bring them back. In Sandy Point we watched conch fishermen bring in a boatload & in Little Harbour we visited the lighthouse that was destroyed in the 2005 hurricane and the famous “Pete’s Pub-Gallery & Foundry”.  Pete Johnston is a very successful sculptor who lives, works and runs a Pub here.  Tonight we are cooking Grouper and using the recipe that the Jib Room Chef Marvin was kind enough to share.  This is exactly as he sent it in an e-mail:

first get a 6 oz of fish season it with the special seasoning adding lime juice butter and dill seed ' rosemary and bay leafs tomatoes and thinly slice onions put into oven for about twenty minutes and there you have it broiled fish . also here is the seasoning for everything i cook. carribean jerk seasoning garlic salt with parsley flakes in it season all . and italian seasoning . i hope this work for you.marvin the #1 cook        It worked for us just fine!!!!!!!!!

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You Be The Judge!

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Do you vote for Brad's hair to be trimmed short and neat like it has been all his life? Or do you like the new long hippie hair with braids & beads?...
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