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February 2009


Week One:

Our week at Marsh Harbour has been cloudy and cold. Not much to report as weather has stopped play. Even the doggies are wearing their winter sweaters! One day we had to turn the heating on to keep warm. We have done some projects inside the boat and read a book or two. No swimming and far too cold to venture out in the boat. Andrew was invited again to go racing on Dan's 50 ft Bavaria and he said they were DFL (you can imagine what that stands for). However all had a great time. 

Another night out. More fun!

This must be the smallest boat to have come down from New Jersey. I think he said it was 19ft.

Pictured here in the main harbor.

The Abacos do have snakes.

This local musician plays a saw.


Week Two:

Our new conch shell has been converted to a horn. Now we need someone who can BLOW! 

Yet again it's been a busy week. We were invited aboard Dan & Barbara's 50ft Bavaria for a sail to Nipper's bar on Great Guana. We had a super day with them and their guests, Kensey and Happy. Vanessa took the helm and got 9.2 knots out of her. She loved the feel  of such a sturdy vessel.......NO, we shall not be buying another boat!

On Tuesday there was the AGM of the RMHYC. There was a good turnout and we encourage you all to join the club for many reasons, camaraderie being foremost with good deals at the liquor store too!  Vanessa spent the morning at a basket weaving class taught by Sidonia on Double Trouble. Sidonia does incredible work.

Vanessa was invited to go beachcombing down to Crossing Rocks the following day. Sidonia had rented a car and several people went. On the way they witnessed out of control forest fires that apparently happen so frequently the authorities allow them to burn out naturally. Andrew wasn't in the mood for shelling so he decided he'd have a "boys" day out sailing. Four rum chugging sailors (Carl, Gene, Fred and Andrew) ventured out for a great day sail and returned very very very (got the picture?) HAPPY! Oh dear, what a reputation Tally Ho has now.

On Thursday we went grocery shopping and the weather was so good, 80 degrees, that we decided to go snorkeling for a while at Mermaid reef. Unfortunately the water was freezing. Still it was a good day.

We now await the arrival of our guests, Mike and Donna. Needless to say, Vanessa is panicking and cleaning everything.

Mermaid carved into rock.

Nippers Bar.

Barbara & Dan

Judy & Sidonia with treasures.

The forest fires enroute to Crossing Rocks.

Beachcombing crew: Judy, Wilma, Andy, Sidonia and Wink.

Dan, Barbara, Kensey, Vanessa and yours truly.


Week Three:

Mike and Donna arrived a couple of hours late, but they were fortunately in plenty of time to attend the big function of the year - The Commodore's Ball (this years theme was Mardi Gras). It was a really great evening and M & D met most of our "masked" neighbors/friends that night. We sat at the "Tally Ho" table with Ed and Shirley and their guests, Bob and Cindy. Vanessa and Dave Bluto won the best mask competition and each received a bottle of wine. There were many superb costumes.

The following day we headed out of town and sailed all the way to Treasure Cay (it really isn't that far), via Great Guana Cay. We got to our anchorage just in time to walk over to the beautiful horseshoe beach and then Mike and Andrew went off in search of cocktails whilst Donna and Vanessa went shelling.

The next morning we sailed over to Great Guana and picked up a mooring ball. then we dinghied ashore for the "Pig Roast" at Nipper's Bar. Whilst there, we were joined by some 50 members of the RMHYC who'd arrived aboard Shade Mor. After a lovely buffet lunch we then set sail for home. The evenings entertainment was Texas Hold'em. Vanessa won and is now hooked!

On M & D's last day we popped over to Tahiti beach, dinghied ashore on Elbow Cay and took a stroll. The weather was a little rough and our dinghy ride back to the boat was somewhat uncomfortable and WET!!!

Now our guests have gone and we are moving "stuff" back into their original places. We have lots of "stuff" on board.....I'll say no more on that!

Vanessa, Donna, Mike & Andrew

Audrey, Brenda and ?

Carl & Lois

Henry & Lilly

Mike & Donna

Sailing away

Great Guana Cay

What are these?

Pig Roast

Nipper's bar

Mike with the Baltimore Patriot ....what!

Dinner at Curly Tails




Week Four:

We sailed over to Tahiti Beach and took the "Ray" dinghy taxi to Seaspray for beachcombing and pina colada's with Pat and Ray. The following day we went out on the other Tally Ho for beachcombing. It appears the beach has been cleared of all the treasures for now. We shall have to wait for a few blustery days for new stuff to wash up.

Friday and Saturday night it was Junkanoo in Marsh Harbour - a bit of a hike from our marina. ("The Junkanoo is a Bahamian festival that is still a significant part of the folklore of the people that has its origin in Africa. The Black slaves who were brought from Africa to work on plantations in the Bahamas brought it to the Bahamas. Basil Cracknell (1974) described Junkanoo as a masked dance, which can be traced, back as early as 1801. It is in fact less a dance than a parade, a kind of miniature carnival.")  The costumes were great and the street was packed with people from all the islands. Our land friends, John and Pam graciously drove us home both nights. Click here for a quick video.

It's a rather cool 65 degrees so we are doing projects and visiting friends. Vanessa is making a basket from pine needles and looking for ways to earn money so we can keep doing this island thing for another year or two. Our evenings have been taken up with learning new card games "Golf" with our dock friends.

Towards the end of the week the weather warmed up and we took a party out for a day sail. A great time was had by all.

A sample of the baskets made.

Basket makers. Pat, Judy, Sidonia, Lily, Shirley and Vanessa

Sea Spray Marina on Elbow Cay.

Junkanoo costume.

Shelling crew headed towards Tahiti Beach

Jim Fender starting to fillet one of the three Mahi Mahi fish that he caught.

Day sail from Boat harbor to Marsh Harbor.

Judy (first time on a sailboat) and Gene.