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Bahamas 2008- Log F
Harbour Island to Compass Cay
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Thursday July 09th
Travel - Spanish Wells to Harbour Island
  
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Ole Pot
 
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Ole Pot and Carol
 
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rare 6 point Starfish
 
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Dana and Gary
Travel - Spanish Wells to Harbour Island - 12 Nautical Miles 
 
we got up early to get checked out and get the boat ready for our trip thru the Devil's Backbone to Valentine's Marina at Harbour Island  .. while we waited for Ole Pot who would be our pilot for the trip - we chatted with the folks who were docked next to us .. they had spent a couple months on their boat at Legacy Marina during the winter of 2003 and remembered DEE LIGHT ..
 
we left the dock at 0830 and as soon as we cleared the docks Ole Pot secured his boat the stern of DEE LIGHT and took the helm for our trip ..
 
The Devil's Backbone .. most cruising boats elect to secure the services of a pilot to take them safely through the intricate and frightful stretch of water along the northernmost shoreline of Eleuthera known as the Devil's Backbone .. the passage is the only route between Spanish Wells and Harbour Island and is awe-inspiring in the contrast of its beauty and its danger with golden coral heads set between the shoreline and the glimmering turquoise sea and the prudent mariner will rely on the expertise of a local pilot for transiting this route ..
 
after Ole Pot left us at Valentine's Marina and we were docked with the assistance of Marcus by 0930 .. we checked in at the office and then gave DEE LIGHT a much need wash down - stem to stern .. and stowed many of the shells we have picked up on our travels ..
 
Gary and Dana from PIRATE'S PLEASURE stopped by DEE LIGHT and we spent some time catching up with news of mutual boating friends from Legacy Marina when they spent the winter in Ft. Myers on their boat - they now have a place in Lighthouse Point, FL  ..
 
later we walked up to the office to rent a golf cart and took a drive thru the town of Dunmore ..we stopped at the Pink Beach and at Sip Sip but they are only open for lunch .. we also stopped in at the Ocean View Resort next door - a beautiful spot where they serve lunch and dinner by reservation only .. we ended up on the terrace at the Harbour Lounge for Portobello Mushroom Alfredo and Grouper Beignets - Delicious!  
 
after dinner we stopped by the park where they were holding a community gospel sing as a kick-off for the Independence Day Celebrations and stayed for part of the service .. after about 2230 we decided to head back to the marina but the celebration was still going strong ..  
Friday July 10th
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club
 
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Pink Sand Beach
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Bahaman artwork
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Pink Sand Beach
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Dana and Carol
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club - (242) 333 2142 - www.valentinesresort.com .. Autumn's birthday ( 10 ) ..
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
and God Bless the Bahamas!
also
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to AUTUMN
.. heard from SONG OF THE SEA .. the part they were waiting for arrived and Steve installed it this morning .. they have decided to stay for the local festivities at Spanish Wells and may come over to Harbour Island by dinghy or ferry .. later we found out that they did take their dinghy from Spanish Wells to Harbour Island and had lunch at the Harbour Island Marina ...
 
today is the 36th Bahamian Independence Day and the island is busy with activity .. we started our day with lunch at Sip Sip on the beach where we were joined by Gary and Dana from PIRATE'S PLEASURE .. the  special Independence Day drink was "Sky Juice"  - gin and coconut water  - only Gary and Carol were brave enough to try it .. very delicious and refreshing ..  after lunch we walked along the beach with the pink, pink sands rolling in from the blue and turquoise waters until we spied a really neat looking blue place perched up  the hilltop  - The Blue Bar at the Pink Sands Hotel .. we ordered another national drink of the day - a Goombay Smash and enjoyed the breathtaking view .. as we were leaving we noticed a film crew getting ready to shoot some footage with four of the horses you can rent to ride on the beach .. after petting them and taking some photos of our own we moved on to let them get started filming ..  
 
..  later in the evening we took a ride by golf cart to Romora Bay Club .. they have just completed an expansion of their marina with all new docks with a new beach bar and restaurant and a great pool area .. after taking a walk we headed on down to the Harbour Island Club and Marina and stopped at their bar for a drink and then ended up back at Valentine's for a light bite to eat ..
 
finally to cap off a great evening we enjoyed the local music and fireworks show sitting on the bow of DEE LIGHT with the fireworks lighting up the sky directly above our heads .. Autumn took cover in the front stateroom well away from all the commotion! 
Saturday July 11th
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club
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Harbour Island Marina
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Jay, Mary, Heather and Logan
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local artwork
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dinner with Dana and Gary
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club - (242) 333 2142 - www.valentinesresort.com ..
 
another bright, hot day dawned in the islands .. we had decided to do some shopping in Dunmore as the town is full of little shops, art galleries and boutiques and because it was a Saturday all the shops were open for business .. we even ran into a couple of end-of-season sales! ..  we started out at Valentine's Gift Shop where the sales clerk greeted Carol with a surprise birthday gift that Marv had previously arranged ..
 
we then took the Golf Cart and had a great time poking our heads into all the numerous unique little shops that are located around town and picked up a few trinkets .. we stopped for lunch at Romora Bay Resort and Marina ( 242-333-2325 ) and ran into the crew of MERRYACHT  - Jay, Mary, and their children Heather and Logan ..  we were docked next to them at Cape Eleuthera and since we last saw them they had been down to Staniel Cay and were now working their way back home to Florida .. probably just in time for school to start ..
 
stopped at the pool again where Marv took a short nap in the shade and Carol took a dip before getting ready for dinner at the Rock House ( 242-333-2053 ) which is located at the top of Hill Street overlooking Bay Street and the harbor .. we shared an elegant meal and lively conversation with Gary and Dana of PIRATE'S PLEASURE and learned of their future cruising plans and route as they will be heading over to Spanish Wells in the morning to refuel and pick up a few supplies .. they will also be taking on fuel as Gary also was told that Valentine's is presently out of fuel ..
 
the local festivities must have taken a toll on the BEC because at 0200 the electrical power went down at the marina and was off until mid-morning ..
Sunday July 12th
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club
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Pirates Pleasure heading out
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Wesley Methodist Church
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Pink Sand Beach 
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club - (242) 333 2142 - www.valentinesresort.com ..
 
still on generator in the morning after electric power at the marina went down at about 0200 .. comes on for a while and then goes down again .. at 0900 we gave PIRATE'S PLEASURE a hand with their lines and waved goodbye until next time as they headed out for Spanish Wells ..  
 
we left the generator running as we left to attend the 1100 service at the Wesley Methodist Church in Dunmore which was established 204 years ago ..it is the third oldest church in the Bahamas ..
 
we spent a quiet and leisurely afternoon around the boat and Marv eventually walked up to the office to finish up some work on the computer as the internet continued to be on and off along with the electrical power ..
 
late afternoon we took a ride to the beach as we wanted to pick up some of the pink sand to take home with us .. it was a beautiful evening for a walk on the beach and we ended up back at the Blue Bar for a drink before they finally closed up at 1830 ..
 
before leaving the beach area we stopped by the Dunmore Beach Club and Runaway Inn and Resort .. both are very stately, elegant Bahamian-style beach properties with lovely landscaped grounds .. both also have a beautiful terraced restaurant/bar with killer views of the pink beach ..
 
it was a cool starlit night so we opted for a dinner of leftovers on the bow of DEE LIGHT and afterward walked up to the outdoor bar at Valentines for coffee and dessert while listening to a local band play before turning in for the evening ..
Monday July 13th
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club
 
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Steve and Marny at Pink Sand Beach
 
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Carol and Marny
at Pink Sand Beach
In Port - Valentine's Yacht Club - (242) 333 2142 - www.valentinesresort.com ..
 
since we will be heading back to Spanish Wells tomorrow we used the morning to get things put away,  stowed and in general order before our departure ..
 
at 1100 we went to the government dock to meet the Bo Hengy II fast-ferry which was bringing Steve and Marny over from Spanish Wells for the afternoon .. they have decided to head up to Marsh Harbour in the Abacos before heading back to the States and we wanted to get together for a "farewell lunch"  ..  
 
before going to lunch we stopped on the beach to collect some of the pink sand for Marny to take back home and then walked up to The Blue Bar at the Pink Sands Hotel .. the breeze and surf had picked up today so the open beach restaurant and bar was very comfortable even with the mid-day heat .. and the food was delicious .. we talked with a couple from West Palm Beach who had also come over on the ferry .. the gentlemen was well in his 80's and had immigrated from Cuba when Fidel Castro gained control .. he had many interesting stories to share with us .. we also stopped at the Romora Bay Club for strawberry ice cream .. a fitting end to a wonderful cruise and great time with Steve and Marny on SONG OF THE SEA ..
 
after dropping Steve and Marny back at the ferry and wishing them a safe and wonderful trip north we turned in our golf cart at the office and took a short dinghy ride before stowing LIL DEE back on the bow ..
ended the evening with a plate of cracked conch at Valentines with their four "Valentine Bar Cats"  who kept us company while we had dinner ..
Tuesday July 14th
Travel - Harbour Island to Spanish Wells
 
 
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Devils Backbone
 
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"Grumpy Old Men"
Ole Pot and Bandit
Travel - Harbour Island to Spanish Wells -  12 Nautical Miles - please call on VHF 71 ..
 
at 0900 SONG OF THE SEA was guided thru Ridley Head pass by Ole Pot and they began their trip to Marsh Harbour .. Ole Pot then headed over to Harbour Island to meet us and pilot DEE LIGHT back to Spanish Wells .. again we marveled at the scenery and shoreline as Ole Pot related some of the history and lore associated with this area .. we chuckled as we listened to the radio exchange between Ole Pot and Bandit (another long-time pilot) as it reminded us a lot of "Grumpy Old Men" .. at 1030 we were docked back in our old slip at Spanish Wells Yacht Haven with the assistance of Tredwell ..
 
beginning mid-afternoon we had a very good rain shower that lasted a couple of hours .. afterwards the air was fresh and clean and DEE LIGHT was again salt-free .. we rented a golf cart and headed into town to pick up a couple of items before the stores closed for the evening .. first one was a stop at the Ponderosa Shell Shop to purchase the four-point starfish we had seen on our last trip ..
 
at about 1615 we received a Cell Phone call from SONG OF THE SEA .. they were about 7 miles ( an hour ) from Marsh Harbour after having a very good trip from Spanish Wells
 
we decided to have dinner at the Anchor with an ice cream stop at Papa's Scoops where we talked to the young lady who works there .. she is getting married in 2 weeks and after a honeymoon trip to Las Vegas they will move into their brand-new home here in Spanish Wells ..
 Wednesday July 15th
In Port - Spanish Wells
 
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Warf at Spanish Wells
 
 
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Turtle dinner at Anchor
 
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last night at Spanish Wells
In Port - Spanish Wells Yacht Haven - (242) 333-4255 ..
 
in addition to the Ponderosa Shell Shop yesterday we continued our shopping spree at some of the other local stores ..
 
the local BTC office where we purchased several phone cards so we can keep our Bahama cell phone current  (each one is good for 90 days after you add new minutes and the cards are good until 2013) .. Ronald's Seafood has a great selection of fresh-frozen vacuum wrapped seafood .. lobster, stone crab claws, tuna, dolphin, grouper .. we selected a package each of hogfish snapper and dolphin to add to the freezer on DEE LIGHT .. Pinder's Supermarket for romaine and iceberg lettuce, broccoli, cantaloupe and the best looking tomatoes we have seen yet in the Bahamas .. and a BIG can of Planter's peanuts ..Kathy's Bakery for some more johnnycakes - this time whole wheat .. Food Fair for Sterno (we find this works great for keeping the flies away when dining al fresco) with a stop at their well-stocked pharmacy department for a few items you can't readily find .. and Lynette's Variety Store .. the selection and variety of goods available at Spanish Wells is wonderful and all the shops and stores are neat, clean, very well organized and brightly-lit .. in short you can find most everything you need if you plan ahead ..  
 
during another afternoon rain shower Marv completed some engine room chores and Carol went to the "body shop"  .. after calling Susan with Massage Oasis she worked out a good size "kink" in her gluts and hip area that had been bothering her for about a week .. probably from all the walking on the sand and uneven surfaces ..
 
after dinner of turtle (yes - it tastes like chicken) at the Anchor we drove down to the public park to catch the sunset where we saw two natives doing "Smack Fishing at Dusk" .. and then stopped in for ice cream at Papa's Scoops .. tonight we both had a combo of  guava and coconut ..
 Thursday July 16th
Travel - Spanish Wells to Highborne
 
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Highborne
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Highborne Anchorage
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Highborne Plantation Beach
Travel - Spanish Wells to Highborne - 58 nautical miles
 
left the dock at Spanish Wells Yacht Haven at 0700 with a light breeze on our bow ..  decided to take the  Fleming Channel route to Highborne Cay instead of Current Cut .. while the channel is quite wide once thru the area you need to watch for the numerous coral heads that dot the seascape .. fortunately the sun was on our port side and we were able to easily pick them out and make the proper course corrections to avoid going over the top  ..
 
as we approached Highbourne Cay at 1035 we radioed ahead and again were advised that our slip was still occupied and check-out time was not until 1200 ..  since it was a beautiful calm morning we decided to "hang out" around the entrance until the boats left .. didn't know 3 boats were traveling together and it would take them until 1235 to decide who was going out first .. they FINALLY decided to leave after we radioed that we were coming in and of course tried their best to get in our way .. first mate said UFFDA!  .. as we were waiting for our slip we heard on the radio that a boat had sunk on Cistern Cay and they were looking for someone with a boom to raise it ..
 
in the afternoon LADY PEGASUS which was docked next to us at Valentine's Marina at Harbour Island arrived .. they had taken the "deep water" route and come through Highbourne Cut ..
 
later that evening we took a dinghy ride over to the anchorage area where we saw a sister ship to DEE LIGHT and talked to the owner of JIMMYS DREAM from Miami  .. he has owned the boat about the same length of time and has made quite a few modifications to the cockpit area to accommodate their fishing and diving activities .. returned to the marina in time for another beautiful sunset and enjoyed a quiet dinner onboard of pasta salad and hog snapper ..
Friday July 17th
In Port - Highborne Plantation
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dinghy to McDuff's
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dinghy to McDuff's
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McDuff's
In Port - Highbourne Plantation ( 242-356-1008 ) - Please call on VHF 71 ..
 
 .. while accompanying Autumn on her morning walk we stopped by LADY PEGASUS to suggest docktails and hor d'oeuvres later in the evening .. we had planned to head to McDuff's for lunch and since they had not been to Norman's Cay yet they decided to join us .. we took John and Carol with us in LIL DEE with Johnny and Betty and their guests John and Libby following us in their dinghy for a nice ride down to Normans Cay
.. after beaching the dinghies we walked up for a great lunch at McDuff's
 
.. after lunch we headed back to the marina at Highborne to grab some "goodies" and took a short dinghy ride to Allens Cay to feed the iguanas .. seemed like the seagulls were more interested in the food scraps then the iguanas ..  the beach was also full of tall sea oats that had sprouted up since our last visit in late May .. no doubt due to all the recent rain the area has received since then ..we all enjoyed a dip in the small protected lagoon with its crystal clear water and sugar-soft sand bottom
 
..after stowing LIL DEE back on the bow we cleaned up and joined the crew of LADY PEGASUS for a lovely  evening of cocktails on the fly bridge and then a wonderful dinner prepared by Betty on the aft deck of their boat ..  LADY PEGASUS is a beautiful 81' Cheoy Lee motor yacht - her hailing port is Kemah, TX and her owners Johnny and Betty are really enjoying cruising on her with their Captain Dickie .. 
Saturday July 18th
Travel - Highborn to Compass
 
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Lady Pegasus
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Lady Pegasus Crew
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Lady Pegasus Crew
Travel - Highborne Cay to Compass Cay - 33 nautical miles
 
at 1000 we checked out of Highborne .. we had plans of staying on the mooring balls at Shroud Cay and exploring its creeks by dinghy .. however after checking the weather buoy reports which called for the winds to pick up we opted to head to Compass Cay instead .. Tucker was able to find us a slip at the marina and at 1330 after another great morning on the water we were docked at Compass .. about an hour later the LADY PEGASUS joined us on the docks .. 
 
as a side note .. we have been a little surprised at the amount of boating traffic around the area .. both Highborne and Compass have been running almost full and have had to turn away boats on occasion .. also all 3 marinas at Harbour Island were busy and the radio traffic we can hear down to Sampson and Staniel is very active .. it  appears they are having a very good summer cruising season here ..
 
.. at high tide we all wandered down to the dock to say hello to Tucker's pet sharks .. the water was at least  a foot above the dock so the sharks were lying all over the dock "begging for tidbits" .. everyone had a great time and took lots of photos ..  we then took a walk to the crescent-shaped beach on the other side of the island and met up with a couple from the Tampa Bay area .. they had just come from Sampson and Staniel Cay after some fishing and exploring of those areas
 
 .. after a swim we ended the evening back at DEE LIGHT for a quiet relaxing dinner aboard .. and glad to be back at Compass Cay - one of our favorite places!
 
Sunday July 19th
In Port - Compass Cay
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lunch at Sampson
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swimming Pigs
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swimming with the Sharks
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137 
 
left the marina in the dinghies at about 1130 to go to Sampson Cay for lunch .. when we arrived they were just setting up for their Sunday afternoon buffet of chicken, beef, peas 'n rice and mac 'n cheese .. we enjoyed the cool shade and breeze under the gazebo while Marv completed some computer chores at the bar using Sampson's high(er)  speed internet connection .. after lunch we collected all our leftover table scraps and headed out to visit our swimming friends at Big Majors .. and the pigs absolutely LOVED our leftover chicken legs!
 
after leaving Big Majors we stopped at Staniel Cay Yacht Club where we enjoyed a cool drink and conch bites and the gals were able to pick up a few choice items in the gift shop .. before heading back to Compass we stopped in at Fowl Cay to check on reservations for dinner tomorrow evening as it will be Johnny and Betty's 41st wedding anniversary! 
 
before leaving for dinner we watched  SEA BEAR arrive .. a 130' Westport owned by Jack Nicholson .. they have about 25 young people aboard .. mostly guys .. and lots of water toys to play with ..  
 
we ended the evening on LADY PEGASUS for grilled hamburgers with all the trimmings and after dinner enjoyed watching the sharks gather at the stern and swim in the underwater lights .. Captain Dickie thought it looked like they were having way too much fun and decided to join them for an evening swim ..
Monday July 20th
In Port - Compass Cay
 
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swimming pigs
 
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Betty and Johnny's anniversary
 
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Betty and Johnny
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
we loaded up the dinghies and left the marina at 1130 .. we wanted to arrive close to low tide in order to snorkel Thunderball Cave .. when we got there we tied onto a mooring ball with the current was still running fairly swiftly and spent quite a bit of time swimming in the grotto ..  lots of sergeant majors, several large angel fish and parrot fish and even an eel in the rock ledge .. with the water so clear it feels like you are swimming in an aquarium .. Captain Dickie used the waterproof camera and was able to take several photos while underwater  .. after our snorkel trip we all had worked up an appetite so we headed to Staniel Yacht Club for cold drinks and lunch ..
 
the last time we were in the area we tried to make reservations to have dinner at the Royal Plantation at Fowl Cay .. unfortunately they were booked and could not accommodate us .. however this time we were luckier and they were able to take us .. Tucker made arrangements to have us ferried from Compass Cay and back by Wade in his high-speed boat .. at 1750 we were met by Wade at the dock and had a great ride over the flats to Fowl Cay .. we were graciously welcomed to the island by Colette (who manages the resort with her husband) and had a drink (or two) at the bar before being shown to the dining room for dinner .. as it was Betty and Johnny's 41st wedding anniversary we all drank a toast in honor of the occasion and had a five course gourmet meal with chef Anthony coming by our table to say hello ..
 
.. after a wonderful dinner it finally was time to leave .. as we made our way down the hill to the boat we noticed the breeze had picked up about 10 knots .. and even though we could see stars above in the sky it looked as if it might start pouring any minute ..  UFFDA! - 10 people in an open boat with lots of rocks out there .. however Wade had us all back on the dock at Compass safe and sound (and reasonably dry!) about 30 minutes later - what a ride! 
 
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