Before heading out of Hope Town we dinghied into shore to attend the
fund raiser for the Abaco Rage sloop. The Hope Town Yacht Club
sponsors the Rage in the Georgetown Regatta.
That's where we ran into crab racing! Players place $2 bets on each
crab. The first crab to climb out of the cage and cross the circle
around the cage wins. The player with the winning crab wins $10 and
the rest of the money goes to the fundraiser.
The crowd was going wild as the crabs were making their escape.
It was so exciting that we stayed for another race! This guy had a
whole cheering section going for him as he topped the fence ahead of
December 26, 2010
Today is Boxing Day in the Bahamas. We took a walk on the beach and
then visited the Lighthouse.
Abaco, in the old days (before motors) was linked by sailing
dinghies like the one on display near the Elbow Cay
Lighthouse. There were hundreds of these and they were used like we
would use our family car. To run to the store (the reef for fish) or
to visit another island.
Notice the ribs, they are made from branches that grow in the proper
curves need for that part of the boat. This gives a stronger boat
and lets them build it lighter.
This is a very sweet looking sail boat and would have been built by
"eye" out of Pine found on the islands.
December 25, 2010
Merry Christmas from Hope Town, Abaco Bahamas, Love to all Rich and
Our neighbor Louise on SV Graynorth took this picture of Snow Goose.
Merry Christmas to all.
This is Will(Rich's Son in Law). I have taken over the site to share a nice little video of
Rich's Grand Daughter opening a present from his son James.
December 24, 2010
Just as we were getting ready to go to the book store, we had
Rich had watched as these BASRA officers boarded our friends boat
"Song of Pogo". At first we thought maybe there was a medical
emergency, but the visit didn't seem to urgent. Then they turned
their dinghy toward our boat and Rich called me to the cockpit.
It turned out they were going around the harbor performing courtesy
checks to ensure that each boat had it's paperwork in order.
Once the checklist was completed, the three officers left for
A short while later we heard a distress call come across the VHF
radio concerning a boat that had run out of gas. We watched at the
BASRA PT boat with the same three officers left the harbor in
response to the distress call. We headed to the book store.
A Buck a Book is the local used book store; all the money goes to
support care of the Wild Horses of Abaco. These horses are direct
descendents from the Spanish horses brought in the 16th century from
A you can see the inside is lined with books ceiling to floor. They
also rent DVDs that have been donated.
December 22, 2010
When I woke up this morning the moon was still up and nearly full.
Beautiful isn't it.
December 21, 2010
I got up at 2:00 am to watch the eclipse of the full moon on the
winter solstice. The last time this event occurred it was 372 years
ago. The next it will occur is December 21, 2094 - don't think
we'll be around.
How's this for special effects.
December 20, 2010
December 19, 2010
Our days here are spent pretty much like our days back home.
First you fire up the car IE: dinghy, and head off from home to go
to the store. Home is that green boat way off in the distance. We
have tied up to the floating dock at the "union" wharf. How it got
that name we don't know.
On the way to the store we stopped at a local spot for lunch.
Then it's off to the store. At Marsh Harbor, the main store is
Maxwell's and it is just like a Winn-Dixie or a Meijer's. Lots of food
and the prices were not too bad for most items.
Afterwards, while waiting for the rain to end Ray and I tried to
figure out the best way to get back to the dinghy.
After the food is put away we guys spend a little time bonding.
Anna caught this great rainbow.
Then another beautiful sunset in the Bahamas ends the day.
December 18, 2010
We sailed from Green Turtle Cay to Marsh Harbor today.
Ray steering across the Sea of Abaco. (note the tee shirt and
December 17, 2010
Dawn on the banks. Were about 20 mile from our destination
A beautiful morning in the Bahamas. It's about 60 degrees compared
to 40 yesterday in Lake Worth.
The captain heading in to check in.
This is New Plymouth the main town on Green Turtle Cay and where I
had to check in.
Just an idea of what the regular houses look like on the island.
A pair of these guns were pointing out toward the harbor.
This is a typical street on the island. I've been in narrow
alleyways that are wider than this but notice all that warm
Here's the combined Post Office and customs office all in a nice
pink trimmed building.
I didn't stop at Laura's Kitchen but they had the cheapest lunch
special on the island, $6.00.
They have 3 grocery stores within 2 blocks of each other. They carry
a different selection of stuff so you have to shop at all 3 and
watch your prices to get everything at a good price.
The crew became a bit rebellious so I had her put into the stocks!
Checked in and ready to go. Notice the color of the water, you can
tell the depth just by the color of the water.
December 16, 2010
We were up at 5:00 AM and by 6:00 we had the anchor up and headed
for the channel only to be stopped by this cruise ship coming into Lake Worth as we were leaving. We
decided to wait until it passed us before heading into the channel.
The Gulf Stream was surprisingly calm and as we left the USA the sun
started coming up.
Here's the last shot of Lake Worth as we headed out to the east.
Notice the multi-layered coats and hat? it was cold!
Even Edie had to wear her sweater.
Sunrise over the ocean.
Ray was a lot of help during the crossing and we were very fortunate
to have his company.
We meet up with several large ships in the short 50 mile crossing.
As you can see the waves are not that bad.
Ray promised us fish but the only fish that we caught snapped the
This is the start of the Bahamas banks. The little thing on the
ocean to the left of the sailboat is the "Memory Rock" marker
showing where the "deep" water channel is. Deep being 12 feet!
As we got onto the banks this boat slowly pulled away from us also
headed to Green Turtle.
The Banks were as calm as a pond as the night came on.
December 15, 2010
We cleared the St. Lucie channel breakwater at 8:40 this morning and
started heading south for the final leg of the Florida journey
before we head over to the Bahamas.
We were sailing wing and wing at 6.5 kts. Nice easy sail, but very chilly.
Our friend Ray came along for the sail south and is going to the
Bahamas' with us.
At the Lake Worth inlet we followed this container ship in. There
were about 12 other boats anchored waiting to cross to the Bahamas.
Most are going tonight or in the wee hours of the morning. We are
thinking of pulling up the anchor about 5 AM and heading to sea. If
all goes well we will be in the Bahamas waters a little after noon
and anchored, checked in at our destination by the next afternoon.
We won't have any cell phones or internet connection while in the
Bahamas unless we find a Wi-Fi hot spot to hook up to so, the updates
to this website will be a bit more infrequent but each one should be
a bit larger. I hope that you enjoy the Bahamas!
December 14, 2010
Today is our last day in Manatee Pockets. Tomorrow we are heading
for Lake Worth and hopefully on Thursday we will head for the
Today we had the honor to run across Fred and his boat Lily a scow
A scow is a different type of sailboat. The bow isn't sharp and
pointy as most are, in fact, it looks a lot like a barge they put
masts on. It's designed to carry cargo in shallow waters.
Lily was built in 1978 to carry cargo in the north eastern US.
(remember the energy shocks of the late 70's?) She was the last
sailing scow to ever sail carrying cargo for profit in the US (or so
the skipper/owner says). The boat is rigged with gaff sails and must
be quite a sight to see. Check out his website at:
The rudder is controlled by a wheel that turns ropes which pull the
end of the rudder back and forth!
She is presently being used as a day-sailor taking tourists for
afternoon or evening sails.
Here's the captain
December 12, 2010
The weather has become windy and cold so I started a project I'd
been putting off for awhile. The speed sensor had quit working. We
ordered in another one and now I have to run a new wire for the new
First the instrument panels had to be opened up and the wheel
Then the kick panel was removed and the engine compartment opened
Now, the kitchen had to be torn apart, stairway, draws, and floors.
Then the main floor along with the stateroom bed had to be opened
up. All to run one wire.
A new wire run had to be drilled thru the floors.
Then finally, the actual wire was pulled. About 4 hours of work for
one wire. Now I have to go diving so that I can cover up the opening
where the broken speed sensor sticks thru the hull, then Anna can
remove the old and insert the new one without flooding the boat in
the process. It should be fun!
December 10, 2010
We biked for hours. The area here is known as Treasure Coast.
The name "Treasure
Coast" is derived from a number of ships of Spanish galleons
(especially those of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet) that wrecked
off the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries. Artifacts from
these ships have been recovered in the past fifty years, both by
amateur and professional treasure-hunters. As recently as August
2010, a man diving in shallow water near Jupiter found a gold coin
that was minted in Mexico in the mid 1650's.
Pretty fancy paint job on the "Treasure Coast" fire hydrants.
In our wanderings we came across this produce market.
All ready for Christmas. The market was good sized, selling fruits
and vegetables as well as plants. We bought a pineapple for 99
And some beautiful tomatoes .
We missed the weather window to go across to the Bahamas. The next
one won't be for at least another week, so we're off to explore
Stuart, Florida on our bikes.
December 9, 2010
As we were leaving to go to our friends house for dinner, we noticed
the remnants of a rainbow.
This picture doesn't do the rainbow service. It was brilliant with
four distinct colors. Notice the hint of a second rainbow to the
right. I wish we had seen the full rainbow.
December 8, 2010
Motoring ICW once again and it's cold.
At the moment we're leading the parade. We just passed the Ft.
Pierce inlet and one of the sailboats decided to jump outside. Who
knows maybe they'll head straight to the Bahamas.
December 7, 2010
There are many interesting boats in the harbor. We were invited to
visit the Song of Pogo; a Freedom 40.
Song of Pogo is the cream colored cat ketch with the free standing
rigging. The owners, Otis and Marti purchased a hull with the deck
and motor, then finished her inside and out themselves. The boat is
beautiful inside and out.
December 6, 2010
We're at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina rafted up to Slow Dancin.
Both are 40' boats but Slow Dancin sure has a much taller
mast. I think Rich has mast envy.
December 3, 2010
We left Titusville around 11 a.m. sailing down the Indian
River. As we often do, we looked at other boats we passed and
discussed possibilities for our next boat.
Rich thought this boat would be great.
But I really liked the shape of this tug. Look at the sweep of it's
bow and the rounded stern. I really like it!
With the way the economy is going, this just might be our next boat.