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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 to 15 knots .. and even though we could see stars above in the sky it looked as if it might start pouring any minute ..  UUUFFDDDDA !!! - 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 !!! 
Tuesday July 21st
In Port - Compass Cay
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LADY PEGASUS heading out
 
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 dinner on the Bow
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
.. at 0330 we woke to thunder, lightning, wind and lots of rain with Autumn on high alert .. we have been watching the weather for the last week and knew that we would have a few days of wind and rain due to a tropical wave situated below Cuba .. as the morning wore on and we monitored the VHF radio it seemed as if the marinas were playing a version of "musical boats"  .. with the weather deteriorating overnight everyone seemed to want to get their next spot lined up early .. by noon LADY PEGASUS got the go-ahead to come into Staniel so we reluctantly waved good-bye as we helped them with their lines with the promise to stay in touch ..
 
we are keeping an eye on a tropical wave located below Puerto Rico which is Invest 97L .. they do not expect it to develop into anything significant due to the upper level winds which are expected to shear it off but we will get some higher winds and most likely quite a bit of rain ..
 
Captain Bruce arrived on his charter sailboat BAHAMA STAR with several students from SMU .. even though it was raining in the afternoon they still managed to get some snorkeling in .. later in the evening the rain finally let up .. long enough for us to enjoy dinner on the bow of DEE LIGHT and then walk down to the dock with Autumn to catch a pretty sunset and watch the guests on LADY NINA still partying hardy!. 
Wednesday July 22nd
In Port - Compass Cay
 
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our "infinity pool" beach
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our "infinity pool" beach
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our "infinity pool" beach
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pigs at Big Majors
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
woke up to heavy rain, thunder and lightening as Invest 97L had moved to the northeast and then moved over us .. we thought the day would pretty much be a wash-out but by 1000 we began to see patches of blue sky and the Garmin weather unit was showing the storm still moving to the northeast out to sea with clear skies behind it 
 
with the weather clearing several boats decided to leave the marina and we watched as LADY NINA left and then went aground trying to take a short cut to the Exuma Sound .. as they had left on a falling tide with a 7' draft they had to SLOWLY back up and came back into the dock at Compass ..
 
we heard from Betty on LADY PEGASUS and decided to join them for lunch at Staniel Cay Yacht Club ... by the time we loaded up the dinghy around 1100 and headed out we had sunshine and blue skies with perfectly flat water all the way for our ride to Staniel .. after lunch we walked up to the bread store and the Pink Pearl grocery store for a cold drink and waited around for Lindsey's Boutique to open but no luck so we made our way back to the marina .. we then took Betty and Johnny and John over to our "infinity pool" beach and made a quick trip to the anchorage at Big Majors Cay where several large yachts were at anchor including BOARDWALK from Houston, TX .. turns out they dock about 3 minutes from Johnny and Betty's home in Kemah!
 
.. after leaving Staniel we stopped again at Pig Beach as we had a big bag of melon rinds from the restaurant .. YUM! .. as we neared the beach .. no pigs in sight so we beached our dinghy and got out to leave our "goodies" for the pigs .. all we could think of was our friends Bernie and Barbara on SITTING DUCK and their encounter with the pigs as we both attempted a mad dive back into LIL DEE as one of the spotted piggys got wind of our offerings and started galloping toward us!  .. as she was the only one to show up today she had a feast all to herself..
 
.. the water was just as calm for our return trip and after a full day on the water it was nice to shower and have a quiet dinner on the bow before turning in for the evening ..
 
Thursday July 23rd
In Port - Compass Cay
 
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Compass Cay beach
 
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at Fish Cleaning / Shark Dock
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
as we started some onboard chores in the morning we helped a number of boats with their lines as they  departed .. we said farewell to ISLAND COWBOY who are traveling with a their 2 sons - a 2 year old and 10 month old!  .. also FRATELLI who are planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos .. we also got a radio call around 0900 from Captain Dickie on LADY PEGASUS .. they are on their way back to Nassau .. they will spend a few days at Atlantis on Paradise Island before flying back to Texas and reality ..  
 
.. spent most of the morning and early afternoon working around the boat and then took a walk to the beach for some beachcombing and a swim .. walked all the way to the south end of the island and watched the surf  break over the rocks .. it's also where we found an absolutely perfect hamburger sea bean in addition to a few other sea treasures to take back with us!
 
after dinner onboard we walked down to the dock with our leftover salad trimmings .. sharks weren't interested (they prefer Vienna sausages) .. but the angel fish scooped up the torn bits of lettuce right into their mouths .. as the day ended we watched one of the most colorful sunsets we have had recently before the noseeums and mosquitoes descended upon us in earnest and we headed in for the evening .. 
Friday July 24th
In Port - Compass Cay
 
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Rachel's Falls / Bubble Bath
 
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UUFFFDDDAAAA !!!
 
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Fowl Cay Beach
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
 .. we have decided to hang out here at Compass Cay for a couple more days and enjoy the scenery and camaraderie on the docks .. we have come to the conclusion?? part of what makes Compass such a special place must be the constant motion and flow of water thru the marina from all directions .. however it can make docking/undocking a challenge if you're not accustomed to working with the currents as our 2 dock neighbors experienced this week .. we gave them a hand with their lines as they departed to head back to Nassau and then their home port of Homestead ..
 
.. after a quick repair to the dinghy bimini top we headed up to Rachael's Falls at high tide .. the wind had shifted and by the time we got there the water breaking over the Falls was spectacular  .. however by the time we meandered back to the beach the dinghy was "high and dry" - looked like a beached whale - with a full tank of gas to add to the weight of the 40 horse engine!  .. had to work fast as we knew the tide was rapidly falling and the water was quickly receding! .. finally after much tugging, pushing and pulling we got the idea of using our glass bottom bucket to pour water under the keel and started digging a trench - voila! - finally freed LIL DEE with only a few sore muscles to show for the effort .. on our return trip to the Marina we stopped at the Fowl Cay Beach ..
 
.. heard from Clay and Rita-Kay on CARLEIGH .. they are leaving Nassau today on their way back to George Town and we hope to meet up with them as they head our direction .. also heard from Steve and Marny on SONG OF THE SEA .. they are still enjoying the Abacos and plan to catch the "Barefoot Man" concerts at Nipper's on Guana Cay this weekend and then slowly head back to the east coast ..
 
after dinner while on our evening stroll with Autumn we ended up munching on a big batch of conch fritters that the crews of L LORRAINE and STINGRAY were frying up in an electric fry-daddy on the dock .. very good for a first-time effort and even Autumn got a taste ..
Saturday July 25th
In Port - Compass Cay
 
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Overyonder Cay Lighthouse
 
 
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delivery at Staniel Cay
 
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Overyonder Cay Loge
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
.. during the night heard thunder and lightening in the distance but no rain .. woke to partly cloudy and hazy sunshine today .. talked to CARLEIGH on the cell phone .. they are anchored at Allens Cay (near Highborne)
 
.. used the morning to install a new VHF radio on LIL DEE as the old one completely died .. after finishing the bimini top repair we headed south for Sampson and Staniel Cays .. first stopped by Staniel Cay to talk with CJ about dockage later in the week for DEE LIGHT .. they are expecting a large group of boats on Monday so we decided to stay here at Compass until after they leave Thursday .. ran into a group of crazy Jamaicans? at the bar until the bartender told them to "EASE UP - you're makin' me CRAZY! 
 
..we then stopped by the ship's store at Sampson Cay to pick up a few items .. we also hoped to have some conch salad at the beach BBQ but again we were too late as they ran out of conch salad by the time we got there .. so we headed back to Compass and on the way we took the dinghy closer to Overyonder Cay where they are doing a lot of construction work .. saw several large sections of concrete floating dock stacked up on their shore waiting to the installed ..
 
.. after we returned we walked up to the "Compass Lounge" dockside to catch up with the local news with Karen and the crew of I LORRAINE .. they were discussing the very slow season up in the Abaco area and the poor fishing that they experienced during the BBC tournament this season .. they also mentioned that boat theft had become a problem in the Abacos - especially anything with a high-powered 4 stroke Yamaha engine i.e. Contenders and Intrepids ..
 
we watched as 2 boats from Nassau docked and Karen said this is the time of year that the "locals come down to the Cays" for summer holiday .. the mother on SERENITY from Port New Providence told us they have been coming to Compass Cay every summer for over 15 years .. we then we watched as they began toting enough food and supplies to stock a fair-sized convenience store up to their rented cottage - hmm .. wonder if they have conch salad!?
Sunday July 26th
In Port - Compass Cay
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Little Halls Pond Cay - out Cay
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O'Briens Cay Creek
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Aka Little Bells Cay beach
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
it was a bit windier today but we wanted to explore the area to the north of Compass so we headed out around noon with LIL DEE .. this area is the southern boundary of the Exuma Land and Sea Park and we passed the Cambridge Cay Mooring Field and traveled around the east side of Halls Pond Cay to see if Johnny Depp's yacht VAJOLIROJA might be back in the area again this year .. Alas! - his yacht was not there - he must be filming a movie instead .. but they have added a couple of lovely manicured beach areas and we saw a pretty stone house set on top of the hill ..
 
we beached LIL DEE on a sand bar between two tiny outer cays off Little Halls Pond Cay where we passed the time exploring and then went over to O'Briens Cay .. the tide and wind was just right for us to get into the "creek" that flows from a shallow pond on the cay .. with an outgoing tide and the water at least 100 degrees in the shallow creek we had found our own private hot tub and lazy river combined - who needs a spa when mother nature provides a setting like this?!
 
we ended the afternoon up on the beach at Cambridge Cay (aka Little Bells Cay) where we stopped in for a cold drink and afternoon snack (thanks for the Planters peanuts John!) and a cool dip before heading back to Compass .. a most "deelightfull" afternoon on the beaches ..
 
.. still a number of large yachts in the area as this is a big time of year for the Nassau charter business .. passed GOLDEN RULE anchored off Rocky Dundas and MUSTANG SALLY was back on the dock at Compass when we returned .. after dinner on the bow (no flies or bugs tonight!) we capped off the evening with a walk and conversation at the "Compass Lounge" with Autumn ..
Monday July 27th
In Port - Compass Cay
 
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Tucker
 
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Joe Cay Beach
 
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Thomas Cay Beach
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
.. yesterday we watched as the kids on STINGRAY loaded up all their "found treasures" from the dock onto the boat in preparation for their departure today .. we waved goodbye as they left for Nassau about 1030 and observed the boat had a slight list to starboard .. no doubt due to all the stuff they had stowed on board to bring home ..  
 
the winds picked up a little more today so we decided stay in the sheltered waters of Pipe Creek and headed to the Sampson Cay Club for lunch .. after topping off the dinghy with gas at the marina we had lunch at the bar and said hello to Dave who manages Staniel Cay .. he was having lunch with his friend and 4 of her girl friends who flew over from Fort Myers to help celebrate her birthday over the weekend .. Dave told us tomorrow they are expecting a group of 17 boats (all over 50 feet in length) for a stay of 2 nights at the marina  ..
 
.. on the way back we stopped at Joe Cay where we saw several stingrays in the shallows but it was too windy to stay for long  .. we then checked out the very narrow anchorage just off Little Pipe Cay (which is  private) and tried to get close to Hattie Cay but found the water was just too shallow .. finally ended up along Thomas Cay where we found a small sheltered beach ..
 
 two more boats (with their families) arrived from Nassau this evening and are here for two weeks .. talked with William who is in the construction/development business about the financial problems at Chub Cay and our recent stay there .. as a side note - he also told us Emerald Bay at George Town has been purchased by the Sandals Group and they are in the process of finalizing the deal now .. 
Tuesday July 28th
In Port - Compass Cay
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Compass Cay Beach
 
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Potluck at Compass Cay
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Potluck at Compass Cay
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
 we used the morning to make some plans for our return trip to civilization and sent out some emails to request dockage .. the winds have picked up even stronger again today so we left LIL DEE tied up to our stern and took a walk on the Compass Cay Beach in the afternoon .. we watched as the surf came rolling in and found another sea bean on our walk to the north end of the beach .. had a brief rain shower but not enough to even get wet as it evaporated almost as fast as it fell ..
 
.. the S/V BAHAMA STAR arrived with the catamaran HALCYON with 30 High School seniors from Georgia and we were invited to join them for potluck .. when we we got down to the dock for dinner they were attending to a young man who had broke his lower leg (tibia or fibula or both) .. he had attempted to jump off a piling -  had seriously miscalculated and landed in about two and a half feet of water .. he was going to be in for a rough night .. fortunately the Viking Sport fisherman I LORRAINE was planning to leave in the morning for Nassau and volunteered to take him with them and see that he got to the hospital .. poor guy!  Captain Bruce said he and Sheila have been doing this "gig" with the kids for 36 years so they seem to take it in stride and are very well prepared!
 
.. after his leg was splinted and packed in an ice bag everyone (including the "patient" ) enjoyed a great dinner of grilled turkeys with stuffing and giblet gravy along with our contribution of a casserole dish of Italian sausage mozzarella cheese and penne pasta ..
Wednesday July 29th
In Port - Compass Cay
 
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the plastic bag .. UGH !!
 
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Compass Cay West Beach
 
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Compass Cay West Beach
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
during the night had to reset the air conditioner unit several times and noticed that the water flow was becoming less and less  .. in the morning the first order of business was checking the seawater strainer .. nope - it was clean .. after spending much time working in the Engine Room we concluded either something was blocking the Water Intake or the Water Pump is going bad .. a few years ago before heading out for the Bahamas Joe Solari ( Blue Water Marine Service LLC ) suggested that we take along an replacement Water Pump so we dug that out and decided to ask Jamal if there was anyone at the Marina that could help us out .. he suggested David from the boat OUTPOST who happens to be a certified air conditioning tech .. after David checked out the system he also concluded something must be blocking the water intake .. he got his dive gear and after checking out the bottom of DEE LIGHT came up with a plastic bag that had been sucked up into the vents of the water intake  .. after a few minutes we had plenty of COOL air in the salon .. and thankful for an easy fix !! .. when Dave is in the Exumas he will work on air conditioning or water makers and can be reached at - David O'Connor .. Cell Phone - 561-386-2692 or davidoc@ix.netcom.com ..
 
.. as this was to be our last afternoon at Compass Cay we took the dinghy out before stowing it on the bow .. found another beautiful beach (so many beaches and so little time) .. this one had a little scrub bush which  we tied LIL DEE to and provided us with a nice shaded canopy and enjoyed the cool breezes off the water while we spent the afternoon at the beach .. found a sign with a marked path up to Compass Peak which is 92 feet high but it's way too hot to make a vertical climb up to the top ..
 
.. met a young man on the dock from Fort Lauderdale who is a licensed captain doing "freelance work"  .. explained that many of the yacht owners have laid off  their captains and crew and now when they want to move their boats they need to hire on someone for the trip .. told us he has plenty of work to keep him busy .. only downside is his wife and  4 year old never know when he will be home because he does not have a regular schedule anymore .. 
Thursday July 30th
Travel - Compass to Staniel
 
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MarineMax boats
 
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Staniel Cay Rental Units
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Black Hawk
 
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dinner at Staniel Cay
Travel - Compass Cay to Staniel Cay ..
 
.. with a little assistance with our lines by our dock neighbors (the wind was still blowing at a pretty good clip and the help was appreciated) we left Compass Cay at 0945 .. before we left we learned that they are in the process of installing a brand new Wireless Internet system with a six foot dish and a lot of upgrades so we expect to have MUCH BETTER internet service on our next visit to Compass ..
 
we had postponed our trip to Staniel for a couple of days because a fleet of 17 Sea Raiders were staying at the marina for a couple of nights .. before we headed out we called ahead to the marina and decided take a leisurely ride down to Staniel to allow time for the Marine Max boats to depart .. still arrived too early but we were in plenty of water so we decided to just let DEE LIGHT drift off Big Majors to pass the time .. Marv worked on email and photos while Carol worked on evening out her tan lines up on the aft sundeck .. finally at about 1250 we saw the long line of Sea Rays pass on our port side and we headed for the dock at Staniel Cay - got tied up by 1300 then walked up to register and enjoyed a drink and conversation at the bar with Captain Taylor and Ryan who we had met at Compass the previous evening ..
 
.. we are docked next to a magnificent vessel  -  the Yacht BLACKHAWK from Chicago .. 
 
The BLACKHAWK at 123 feet was built by Feadship in 1970  (tenders are PENALTY BOX and SLAP SHOT)  William Wirtz owner of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and his family have been enjoying this yacht in southern climes for many years .. it has been listed as one of America's 200 largest yachts in Power and Motoryacht ( http://www.superyachttimes.com/yachts/details/1542/ ) ..
 
.. we launched the dinghy and took a short ride this evening .. stopped by Club Thunderball to see if they would be having any special events for the holiday weekend (Emancipation Monday) but found out they have  closed for the summer and will probably reopen when business picks up later in the fall .. after cooking and dining on board for the last several days during our stay at Compass Cay we enjoyed a pleasant evening having dinner at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club tonight ..
Friday July 31st
In Port - Staniel Cay
 
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Fish Cleaning at Staniel Cay
 
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our Infinity Pool
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
at Staniel Cay we now have internet access thru the Exuma WiFi network which is a better system than what we have had for a number of days so this morning we spent some time catching up with our e-mail and other computer tasks ..
 
in the afternoon we took a walk and did a little shopping .. paid a visit to the Bread Shop where they had a nice selection of freshly baked bread and we chose a loaf of Coconut and Cinnamon Raisin .. also stopped at Burkes Grocery and Convenience Store .. they have a great selection of groceries along with a nice variety of pharmacy and household items .. we also passed a couple of neighborhood food stands (snow cones and hot dogs) that were set up for the Sailing Regatta that starts on Saturday ..
   
in the afternoon we took LIL DEE to our Infinity Pool for a swim and watched as at least half a dozen airplanes passed over head on the way to the airport .. when we returned to the marina several Port New Providence boats had arrived from Nassau and the docks were bustling with people and activity ..
 
earlier we had made reservations for dinner at the Yacht Club and had a drink at the bar before the "dinner bell" was rung at 1950 .. with all the guests here for the holiday weekend they had a full house for dinner and the bar was still very busy when we left after coffee and dessert of coconut cream pie .. with someone at our table somehow managing to get served a DOUBLE piece of pie!
Saturday August 01st
In Port - Staniel Cay
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Fuel Barge
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Regatta - Staniel to Black Point
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Black Point boat
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024 -
 
.. we had found out that the first Ocean Race of the Class "C" Sailboats would be held on Saturday .. they would start the race just off the government dock at Staniel Cay and would be racing down to the settlement of Black Point about 7 miles to the south .. but in typical island time the best anyone could pin down the start time was sometime between 1000 and 1300 depending on the tides .. we just stuck by the radio and sure enough about 1100 we saw the boats begin to gather and we hopped in the dinghy to head out to watch .. finally at about 1200 we heard the cannon go off and the 13 boats took off for Black Point .. the wind was VERY BRISK today so the conditions were great for an exciting race .. but a bit too bumpy and wet for LIL DEE to follow along for too long so we headed back to the marina as we watched the boats fade into the horizon ..  the next race of the Regatta will be on Monday ..
 
when we returned to the marina the fuel barge was docked .. the marina staff was kept busy the remainder of the afternoon fueling all the boats that had been waiting for fuel to arrive .. we never learned who won the Regatta race but we were told one of the boats capsized and sunk before the end of the race - hopefully they will get it raised and ready for Monday's race ..
 
went up to the Yacht Club bar for a light dinner and it was packed wall-to-wall again tonight with the "party goers" who were all having a good time enjoying the weekend .. had a short power outage during which our food order was "misplaced" but we were entertained watching all the festivities in the meantime and eventually got our order .. 
Sunday August 02nd
In Port - Staniel Cay
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Mt Olivet Baptist Church
 
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our Lobster
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
in the morning we walked to the Mount Olivet Baptist Church for the 1100 service which was very well attended - probably due to the holiday weekend ..
 
.. in addition to it being the first Monday in August celebrating the Bahamian Emancipation from slavery, August 1st is the start of lobster season in the Bahamas and many of the boats are out hunting for the crawfish this weekend .. after getting some advice from Chubby and CJ (our harbormasters) we strolled over to the fish cleaning station and made a deal with a local fisherman for some of the lobster tails he was in the process of cleaning .. we selected eight large tails and immediately wrapped them up and stowed them in the freezer on DEE LIGHT for a future feast .. will probably try to get some more as we still have some freezer space left to fill!
 
as we had some leftover fish in the refrigerator and produce that needed to be consumed we decided to have dinner on the bow of DEE LIGHT and agreed it was the best view in the area .. with a lovely sunset and wonderful breeze to boot!
Monday August 03rd
In Port - Staniel Cay
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our Bahaman Autumn
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Black Point Regatta big WINNERS !!
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024 - Civic Holiday Emancipation Day
 
in the morning we kept our eyes peeled for the pretty little sailboats in hopes of catching another race today but later found out that all of the rest of races for the Regatta took place down at Black Point ..
 
.. three boats with the Royal Bahamian Defense Force stopped in at the marina today for fuel and libations .. one of the boats was a blue and white go-fast built by Nor-Tech Powerboat Co. based in Cape Coral, FL - they have built and delivered several high-tech boats for use by the Bahamian government ..
 
later in the afternoon we walked to the community picnic taking place at the beach near the marina that was being held in celebration for Emancipation Day  .. while the kids and dogs enjoyed the water a small inflatable arrived on the beach and we watched in amazement as the 2 fellows began unloading about 20 silver and gold trophies that the Staniel folks had won in the Annual Sailing Regatta - made for quite an impressive display! 
 
.. afterwards we stopped at the Yacht Club for a drink and learned of ANOTHER community picnic being held at ANOTHER beach tomorrow .. ya just gotta luv these 5-day holiday weekends! .. 
Steve and Marny
SONG OF THE SEA
made the crossing from West End to Florida today .. this is a photo and note from them after making the crossing
 
photo from Marny
click on photo for larger size
.. a message on Monday, August 03rd from Marny on SONG OF THE SEA:
The buoy reports were accurate for today. We left Old Bahama Bay at 6:30 AM. Wind was less that 10 Knots and waves were 2 to 3 and a bit confused for the first few miles. Then it calmed down to almost flat seas across the Gulf Stream then picked up again near Lake Worth Inlet. We crossed with no problems and are currently at North Palm Beach Marina tonight and will move on to Stuart tomorrow. had a nice dinner with our friends from Juno Beach tonight.
Irish Rover was boarded by BASRA as they left Old Bahama Bay at 7:00AM and 5 minutes later the US Coast Guard boarded. There was no problem except the metal BASRA boat left a nice scratch on his freeboard. He got on the radio after the second boarding and asked if anyone else would like to tour his boat today? We were questioned by a Coast Guard inflatable as we entered the intra coastal at Palm Beach. It so happened that I was on the cell phone to LBO and was able to give them our arrival number. They thanked us and did not board. Heard from Pirates Cove around 4:00 PM and they arrived safely in Boca Raton. So a good crossing for all.
Here's a photo for the RPYC website. This seagull joined us for cocktails on the bow at Great Sale Cay.
Marny
 Tuesday August 04th
In Port - Staniel Cay
 
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Staniel Cay by Golf Cart
 
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Carol and Rhonda
 
 
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Civic Holiday Emancipation Day Beach Party
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
..in the morning we headed out with our rented Golf Cart for a tour of Staniel Cay .. we had received a brochure and literature on a new development on the ocean side called Ocean Ridge along with a property called Kayu Maya .. a 7,000 sq ft  Polynesian-inspired vacation rental residence with private docks .. the house and adjacent lots sit atop a 40 foot ridge with panoramic ocean views .. we took our cart up to the top and agreed it was very beautiful but also a bit desolate with a very rugged and rocky coastline on the ocean side .. there are presently about a half dozen homes built or under construction on the ridge .. when we returned to the Marina we talked with  Geoff ( PASSION ) who was at the Marina fro Sampson by dinghy ( see photos ) .. we plan to visit them on Thursday ..
 
in the afternoon we were met at the Yacht Club by a young man sent by Rhonda (the bread lady) who led us in our golf cart to the picnic being held at Ho Tai Beach on the south end of the island past the airstrip .. it's fortunate we had a "personal tour guide" because we surely would have gotten lost - (no signs on the paths) .. when we got there Wanda told us that this beach is their "community rec area"  and although the owners have had many offers to sell it they have agreed to keep it "public" as long as the community continues to use it .. it is a great area with lots of shade and a very protected beach for swimming, volleyball and horseshoes ..  they offered a great lunch of fried fish, roasted chicken, ribs, peas 'n rice, mac 'n cheese and beverages- all complimentary - excellently prepared and served by the residents of Staniel Cay ..
 
after we left the hub bub of the Beach Party we stopped at the beach at north end of the island where we enjoyed a quiet moment while we watched the sun dip lower in the sky .. on the way back to the boat we stopped at the government pier where we watched while they attempted to get a diving contest underway with the kids (would have had better luck herding cats!) .. but we had to agree that the Bahamians sure know how to make the most of their 5-day Holiday weekends!
 Wednesday August 05th
In Port - Staniel Cay
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inside Thunderball Grotto
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most unusual Work Boat
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PARTY GIRL at Thunderball
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Pirate Trap Beach
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
while keeping an eye on the tide we completed a few odd jobs around the boat and watched as the South Florida Cruising Club arrived around 1100 with a group of eight Fairline boats arrived from the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area .. they all got docked at Staniel after spending the previous evening at the Big Majors anchorage ..
 
at about 1300 we headed out for the Thunderball Grotto and on the way took some photos of a most unusual Work Boat that had spent the night at the Marina .. we arrived at Thunderball and by the time we got on our snorkel gear it was just about perfect low slack tide inside the cave .. got some of the best photos inside and saw some of the biggest parrot fish yet ..
 
.. as she was leaving the cave Carol gave Marv a heads up on a photo op .. when she looked up she heard loud music from the tender from the yacht PARTY GIRL that had just arrived  .. YIKES!  Marv was still in the cave lookin' at fish and coral and had left his camera in the dinghy! .. hit his head exiting the cave but in the end he was still able to get a few nice shots of the numerous 'topless party gals' aboard
 
.. after we left Thunder Ball (and yes, the party girls too ) it was still low tide so we stopped to enjoy the afternoon at our favorite beach .. we shared the sun and sand with a large family group who looked like they were on the island for possibly a wedding or anniversary and couldn't resist picking up a few sand dollars to take home with us ..
 
.. had dinner at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bar which was jammed packed again including the crew and gals from PARTY GIRL who looked by that time as if they had put in a full day of sun and fun too .. heard they came into the dock pretty much buck-naked ..
 Thursday August 06th
In Port - Staniel Cay
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Seafood Dinner tonight
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PASSION - Fort Myers FL
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one more Lobster
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
spent some time on the dock this morning visiting with the boaters from the South Florida Cruising Club .. they have planned to relocate to Sampson today to spend a couple of nights before heading back to Florida over the weekend ..
 
we took dinghy to Sampson for lunch today and stopped by the dock to chat with with Geoff and Frank aboard FISH TAIL before having lunch .. they had a great day fishing yesterday with three Black fin Tuna and a couple of Wahoo in the deep freeze .. after lunch we said hello to Don and Andy aboard PASSION .. they had just received news they are brand new grandparents .. their daughter in Atlanta gave birth yesterday to a little girl .. they plan to start their trip back to Fort Myers on Friday after a stop at Chub Cay ..
 
on our return trip to Staniel we made a couple of stops at two very pretty and secluded beaches at North Gaulin Cay and Little Majors Spot ..when we got back to the marina we found two South Florida Cruising Club T-shirts left for us on DEE LIGHT by the group .. AND we managed ( "trolled the dock" )to procure another lobster tail from the fishing cleaning station to add to our collection in the freezer ..
 
.. again we finished the evening with dinner on the bow and then walked up to a much quieter (and tamer) Yacht Club for coffee and dessert of Pineapple Upside-down Cake and Cherry Cheesecake at the bar .. .. when we walked back to the boat we noticed the full moon and realized that today it had been three months since we left Fort Myers on May 6th ..
 Friday August 07th
In Port - Staniel Cay
 
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between beaches
 
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Ragged Cays northeast of
North Gaulin Cay
 
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Lobster dinner at SCYC
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
.. with the eight Fairline boats gone from Staniel the marina was pretty empty and very quiet this morning .. we took a walk into town and to the Bread Shop .. a batch of cinnamon raisin was cooling and they had just put in the coconut loaves .. when we saw Rhonda at the Yacht Club while making our dinner reservations for tonight she said she would bring our bread order to the Yacht Club tonight ..
 
.. yesterday after we returned from our beach excursion the first mate kicked the beach umbrella off the swim platform while unloading the dinghy .. today Marv waited until low tide and using a really strong magnet, a really long piece of twine and a lot of patience was able to retrieve the umbrella on the first try! 
 
after stowing the umbrella we headed out with the dinghy for Sampson to exchange a shirt and then off to the beaches again .. the winds had really died down today and we wanted to explore an area just to the north of Big Rock Cut and northeast of North Gaulin Cay .. first stopped on a beach on the northeast side of Little Majors Spot and then headed over to a series of nameless Ragged Cays .. after securing the dinghy we ventured around the corner to a small inlet and stumbled onto a spectacular rocky pool cut in the rocks and where the ocean surf spills into .. we also saw  the biggest sea urchins we have seen along the edge of the pool and were glad we had worn our dive booties .. we ended our afternoon at a tiny spit of rock with a perfect sandy beach .. had a bayside view and an ocean view! ..
 
when we got back to the boat three Mega Yachts had moved into the marina filling the docks ..LES BELLES was in the process of setting up a local trio band on the Upper Bridge and they entertained the guests aboard (and everyone at the marina ) before dinner was served on the Back Deck ..
 
while at the Yacht Club for dinner we talked to our local "Lobster Connection" and said he will be getting more lobsters for us on Saturday .. after looking at all that lobster Carol just had to have one for dinner ..  what a dinner and what an evening !! ..
 Saturday August 08th
In Port - Staniel Cay
 
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photo shoot at SCYC
 
 
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14 more Lobster today
 
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dinner at Foul Cay
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
the marina docks emptied out again this morning with the exception of a couple of small boats from Florida with a pack of kids that were renting cottages .. around mid-morning a Moorings catamaran docked with 5 gals in matching bikinis along with a guy with a video camera in hand and another fellow who seemed to be in charge ..  after Chubby (the harbormaster) got them tied up they walked around to the beach area .. looked like a photo shoot for something but no one seemed to know or really care ..
 
we got the last of our bread order from Rhonda .. total of nine loves .. which we stowed in the freezer and then took the dinghy to Pirate Trap Beach for one last dip at our Infinity Pool .. we picked up a few more sand dollars and got the dinghy cleaned up a bit .. when we got back to the marina we topped off the fuel tank on LIL DEE before we hoisted her up in preparation for leaving in the morning ..
 
they were cleaning lots and lots of lobster (we counted at least 30+) at the fish cleaning station but no sign of our "connection"  .. just as we were getting ready to jump in the shower and get ready for dinner we had 14 large beautiful tails delivered to our boat all cleaned and packaged in zip locks which we promptly deposited in the deep freeze!
 
at 1815 Pappy from Royal Plantation at Fowl Cay met us at the bar in the Yacht Club to ferry us over to the Hill House for dinner .. Pappy is also the bartender .. we spent a few moments visiting with Colette and her husband Phillip who are the new managers for the Sandals Resort .. she confirmed that the Sandals group had definitely purchased the former Emerald Bay property in George Town ..  this is very good news for the community of Great Exuma as they had previously employed over 500 people before it was closed in May .. Colette also told us of the expansion plans for their property which include a Barefoot Beach Restaurant and a Full-Service Spa .. this will also be a nice addition for the yachts that anchor off Big Majors Spot .. eventually we were seated for a lovely dinner of bronzed Sea Bass in their elegant dining room and then whisked back to our dock at the marina under a star-lit sky .. it was a perfect ending to our stay at Staniel Cay ..
 
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