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Bahamas 2010- Log D
Staniel Cay to Staniel Cay
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Thursday June 17th
travel - Compass Cay
Jamal
Travel - Compass Cay to Staniel Cay .. 22 nm ..
 
we checked out at the Marina office and gave Cleo a big hug along with the dates for our return trip ... at 09:45 am we left the dock at Compass Cay ...  a little sad but knowing we will be back again soon ...
 
 we took our time traveling at only about 10.5 knots as it is a short distance to Staniel Cay ... after some very capable maneuvering on the part of our Captain dealing with a brisk current and a reasonable amount of wind we were docked before noon at Staniel ...  after which we even received a couple of compliments on our docking procedure !!
Friday June 18th
in port - Staniel Cay
 
our view at Staniel Cay
 
Infinity Pool
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024 ..
 
we had a light rain in the early morning hours and got most of the salt off Dee Light .. we will wait to have the boat washed down until next week before the RPYC group arrives ... we spent most of the morning on boat chores and while we ran the water maker we did a couple loads of laundry ...
 
... we have left behind the laid-back lifestyle of Compass and the docks here are very busy with all sizes of boats coming and going ... the dockhands are very good at juggling everybody and at times it appears they are playing "musical boats" ... we're glad we decided to come in earlier than planned as it seems they presently have a waiting list for slips ... we spoke with one of the boat Captains at the bar and he had to pull into the old Happy People Marina until a space opens up tomorrow ...
 
after we finished up around the boat we took the dinghy for a ride around Big Majors and ended up at one of our favorite beaches ... the tide was high so we just let the dinghy float at anchor and planted our beach umbrella next to it while we enjoyed the last of the afternoon sun ... it was close to 7:00 pm when we decided to head in for a nice shower and a bite to eat at the SCYC bar ...   
Saturday June 19th
in port - Staniel Cay
 
 
Shyvette and Suzanna
 
 
 Autumn fell in
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
 we watched again this morning as the movement of boats on and off the dock began ... based on the amount of activity we have seen in Highbourne, Compass Cay, Warderick Wells and here at Staniel Cay it appears that business is booming and the recession may be a thing of the past - at least for the summer months
 
... we spent some time fine-tuning our schedule for the RPYC group and met with Shyvette and Suzanna to go over a few of the details with them ...  
 
after lunch we explored a couple of areas by dinghy trying to locate the snorkeling spot that Monica had told us about but didn't have much luck at finding any fish ... we stopped at the beach for a cold drink and laughed out loud when a family on a runabout joined us and we watched as Mom tried to corral everyone to take a group photo .. when asked how many kids they had we were told "about a hundred"!
 
we had dinner on board tonight and then walked up for a drink at the bar ... we stopped on the docks to chat with Hank and Sue (Captains of Yachts, Helicopters & Flying Machines) ... they have a very unique boat Fly 'N' Fish" which is specially rigged to carry their 2-seater Helicopter on the aft deck!
 
...and it was a very good thing we stopped at the dock before heading to the bar because as we were standing there we all suddenly looked down and saw AUTUMN SWIMMING toward us!!!!  Yikes!!! ... and right where the sharks like to hang out!  ...apparently she heard our voices and fell in trying to get off Dee Light to join us for Docktails!  ... after fishing her out and drying her off we firmly closed all three doors on the aft deck before we finally headed back up to the bar for our drink ... 
 Sunday June 20th
in port - Staniel Cay
 Mt Olivet Baptist Church
a 1982 Viking
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024 ..
 
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers everywhere!!  ... that is the general sentiment in the Bahamian Islands today ... we joined the locals and visitors for a very fun service at Church this morning with lots of singing, clapping, dancing and hugging in celebration of all the fathers in attendance ... although the name of the church is Mt. Olivet Baptist Church they tell us they are essentially non-denominational and welcome any and all!
 
we spent a quiet afternoon on the boat returning emails and working diligently on the final plans for our group's arrival later this week as seems to be coming up really fast!  ... there was a very comfortable breeze on the docks this evening so we decided to have our evening docktails on the front deck of Dee Light (without the worry of Autumn jumping ship again) ... watched as the very beautiful Viking Sportfish Scooter arrived on the docks with 5 young men on college break ... soon after doing a complete top-to-bottom wash down they headed to the beach for a swim ...
 
after a light dinner on board again we enjoyed our dessert and a drink at the bar ...
 Monday June 21st
in port - Staniel Cay
Fly 'N Fish
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024 ..
 
we took the dinghy to Fowl Cay where we spent some time to meet with the new managers of Royal Plantation to finalize the details for our Bahamas 2010 Farewell Dinner on next Thursday ... and later we spent the day on the boat and around the dock getting organized for next week activities ...
 
our dock neighbors ( Hydro Therapy Too)  are from the Naples area ... they recently sold their boat and have made the trip on a captained charter boat out of Fort Lauderdale ... before dinner we were invited aboard for cocktails ... Autumn got to come along too as they have a little Maltese named Gucci on board with them ..
 June 22nd and 23rd
in port - Staniel Cay
RPYC at SCYC
Snorkeling
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024 ..
 
... this week after many attempts to get a hair cut finally decided on a "do-it-yourself" job ... and for the first time since leaving Fort Myers we had an afternoon rain shower ... Mother Nature provided enough of a shower to remove most of the salt that may have been on Dee Light ...
 
 in the morning we went over to Thunderball Grotto with the dinghy ... wanted to get some current photos using the new waterproof housing for the camera and was able to get some really nice photos and made up a few prints for Chubby, DJ, Shyvette and Suzanna ..
 
it was also time to stock up some groceries so we stopped at the bread shop for a loaf of cinnamon raisin and went on to Burke's Grocery Store ... we will come back tomorrow as the supply boat is scheduled to come in with fresh produce ...
Thursday June 24th
in port - Staniel Cay
Thunderball Grotto
 what a day
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
this is our last day before the RPYC group arrives and we think we are about ready for their arrival ...
 ... first thing this morning DJ was here to wash Dee Light and scrubbed her stem to stern ...
 
 we made another trip to the Blue Grocery Store and the supply boat had brought in some beautiful produce and we got lots of romaine lettuce, green peppers, tomatoes, some summer squash, broccoli, etc.
 
 while the Captain vacuumed - the first mate did some galley duties and finally ...  Autumn got a bath and a new kerchief for company too! ...
 
  
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