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Trip report 12/05/08
Trip Report December 5, 2008
We are currently still anchored in White Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas Islands.
On 11/24/08 we dinghyed to Black Sound to help friends pick up an outboard for their dinghy. We had lunch at Laura's Kitchen; we two couples were the only ones there. Excellent cracked conch!! Lowes grocery suggested we wait to buy veggies since the supply boat arrived the next day...no problem only a 15 min. dinghy ride. Walked the Atlantic side beach behind Green Turtle Club Marina... rough seas! 5 boats left the next day for Great Guana Cay and Marsh Harbor to the south. This involves going across a passage between cays known as The Whale Cay Passage or just The Whale. The sea state can get rough there because of the shallow water being whipped up by incoming wind and waves but during calm days it is no problem. All the boats made it through OK.
Wednesday, 11/26/08 we walked the north end of the Island and prepared to come into the dock at Bluff House. We went to bed about 8pm and were awakened about 9:20 pm by very loud music coming from the Green Turtle Club 1/4 mile away. It was good music though. Found out the next day it was Gully Roosters, best music I've heard since we got to Bahamas....stuff they play on the PA everywhere I think is too commercial sounding.
On Thursday 11/27/08 we raised the anchor and motored over to the Bluff House docks. We spent the day doing ‘housekeeping chores’ then showered and dressed for Thanksgiving dinner. We dined with another couple from a Westsail 42 named Elysium. There was only one other party in the restaurant, 4 adults and 2 children. We 2 couples were the only people having the turkey dinner. The meal was wonderful and included cranberry sauce battered in coconut and deep fried, amazing! The marina docking cost is applied to your food and beverage bill as a credit so basically the meal was free!!
We got Harbor fever and decided to stay at the BH dock another day. Went to their beach 2 days in a row and generally just hung out. Some boat chores each morning then goof off rest of the day. The staff at Bluff House have been marvelous!! The Dockmaster, Michael, has done everything to make our stay enjoyable including grabbing the garbage bag out of my hand, hooking up our water hose, seeing us walking up the hill to go to the beach he jumped into the golf cart and caught up to us to give us a ride, then said if we had brought our hand held VHF we could have called him to pick us up and on and on!!! We met Bonnie, the daughter of Laura (Laura's Kitchen), who has been our waitress, bartender and everything else needed here.
We were back on the hook by afternoon, Sunday and awaiting a 34-40kt blow that night. Three perfect days followed by three not so perfect...batting .500 would make it in the majors. A few pics.1) Sunrise White Sound, BH docks 11-28-08, 2) Sea of Abaco from BH Beach 11-28-08, 3) A shot from my Beach Chair BH Beach 11-28-08, 4) PM Rush Hour on White Sound 11-29-08. Oh, much lower tourism than usual according to staff at Green Turtle Club and Bluff House. Half a dozen boats at each marina, and fewer than a dozen at anchor. Several Moorings catamarans and monohulls came into the anchorage over the past few days though. Only 3 or 4 shoreside units rented per week at Bluff House, less at GTClub. This is likely due to the economic situation in the US. We probably won't get to New Plymouth until Thursday after the windy weather subsides.
On Wednesday, 12/03/08 after lunch we dinghyed to the Green Turtle Club dock and walked the 2 miles or so to New Plymouth just to get some exercise. We met 2 other cruising couples walking back from lunch in town. We all got together including a few more cruisers aboard Elysium last night for pot luck happy hour. Deb made Italian bread in our Magma kettle style bar-b-q grill. It was great and everyone loved it. Some folks made conch ceviche, and there were dips and other goodies. We also brought some of our dandelion wine and there was a great bottle of Italian Montepulciano.
There is a good weather report for tomorrow so we are planning to leave with 4 other boats and go to Great Guana Cay or Marsh Harbor for a while. There is a Bayfield 29’ sailboat going also but we are still the smallest cruising boat at 25’. We think we will come back to Green Turtle Cay for New Years Eve and if Andre and/or Lou’s dad come over for Christmas. Remember….all this could change in the next 2 minutes anyway!!!