2011.03.26 Green Turtle Cay LYC

We are back in Green Turtle, which is probably our second home in the Abacos.
We have had (are having) some concerns with Miss Beckie (our engine) and of course that is not a happy thing when we are planning a long passage North!

Thanks, Tony, Rolf had told me about the Cape Honeysuckle ...but I forgot!

After a farewell lunch at the Lodge with Jacqueline, Heinz, Susan, Rolf and of course Rudder...and a last lobster on board Soli....we said good bye to  Hope Town for this season.

And moved on to the next Cay....

We had a little mishap  coming into the harbour, one of the dink's painters (we only have 2 now!!!) got caught around the prop shaft as we were anchoring...cannot believe we actually did that but we did!!!! David tried to dive on it but could not hold his breath long enough to get to it...fortunately, Serge (Miralo...a boat we knew from Lake Champlain) came to our rescue...the poor guy had been diving on his own boat to clean the bottom, had a nice shower and was dressed again relaxing in his cockpit...when we asked if he could suit up again and dive on Soli...he had all the equipment and was able to dive and cut the line which was tight around the shaft.

David giving moral support to Serge
Merci beaucoup Serge!!!!

Now, I know, I had been saying I did not like Treasure Cay...we were there the first year...on the dock...the weather was not the greatest and that supposedly fabulous beach was very difficult to walk due to very soft sand....fast forward to this year, we decided to give it another chance, found a delightful anchorage, had gorgeous weather and walked the beach AT LOW TIDE on wet sand....soooooo I take it all back...this is one of the10 most beautiful beach in the world ...I haven't seen them all, but this one is pretty AWESOME!!!!
The next day we rented a car with V&R and drove to Treasure Cay airport to extend our visas...very painless with BID officer Wilson...he was so nice and handsome and I was dying to ask if I could take his pic..but I did not...!

We then went to Winding bay, which is a very posh resort we had tried to get into 4 years ago and had been turned away....this time we were greeted like long lost friends...a sign of the times!!!!
We walked around their beautifully landscaped  grounds and very nice houses...Susan you would approve!

 We then came home for Val's birthday dinner.
Specialite du bateau ...cassoulet...
And Anne's scrumptious carrot cake with Reg's favourite icing...

That one is for you Jack!!!!
The resort at Treasure Cay

Anne gave me her recipe for pizza dough on the way home from the beach....it was really easy and surprisingly good...probably beginner's luck....
Then it was time to leave  Treasure Cay and we had hoped to go to Manjack Cay, but due to Miss Beckie's problems ....we thought we should go straight to Green Turtle and investigate.

Sibyl came to visit...she is almost Bahamian.
 This is the sweet house that Sybil is building on Green Turtle Cay

Miss Beckie also had a visitor....George.

Then yesterday another superwoman sailed into GTC...Lin (MoDachaidh!!! now say that 3 times in quick succession....actually say it only once!), she sailed solo from Florida ....anchored in White sound and surprised us at Genevieve's...after we scouted moorings for her she has now moved to Black sound...the happenin place! She came over this afternoon and we had good chats about people and places we love!!!


Now that we are reasonably satisfied that we are fit to make the passage...we are waiting for a weather "window" to cross the Gulf Stream...it is not looking very encouraging for the next little while...we just missed one as we were not ready....guess we are stuck here for a bit ....shucks!!!!!


Leaving Hope Town tomorrow!!!


We are off tomorrow on the afternoon high tide...I think!

What has happened in HT of late.... The "girls" Val, Anne and Lynn went swimming...I could not as I had to take pics....paparazzi oblige!!
They were whispering and giggling, I knew Lynn was up to something....so I kept snapping not to miss it but they chickened out on the proposed group mooning....last time I did one was in the BVI (in 1985...I was somewhat younger and crazier!).

We went for a nice long walk and leisurely lunch at the Abaco Inn with Val (looking very respectable in her Mom's hat) and Reg.
We also went for another nice walk and lunch at "On Da Beach" with Gilian and Dave (Jilly-Q)....sounds like that' all we do...au contraire!!!

Now what is going on around Hope Town harbour...

Val and Reg came for drinks and each one thought the other one had tied up the dink...and that was BEFORE they had a drink!

The Alaskans came to visit...just think we were in their home town of Fairbanks this past summer...
The guys thought it would be fun to sail sun fish in the harbour...zigzagging between the moored boats was not much of a challenge for these seasoned sailors....
Rolf did not realize this was a one design race...pas de sweat!!!

D waiting for me in the dink at the Harbourview grocery dock!

Then this beautibul thing came into the harbour,,,very quietly sans fanfare!

We were invited for a tour and "picky dinner" we had a wonderful time...just like old times..

There was a terrible forest fire on the "big" island...

We can't even imagine the devastation in Japan...horrific videos! These poor people.

We went to "Two reef rock" for
dinner and met Rolf and Susan friends, Rolf told us "you are going to love them they are crazy...and can they cook!!!" Need I say more he was right on all counts!

The very best of house guests Gay and Leslie cooked up a storm....

 Then it was time to go home...our taxi driver bundled up for the ride on the launch.

Tres chic!!! but are we not in the Bahamas?
Jacqueline and I went for a beach walk (her first of the season).
We made it up to "2RR"

This may be my last report from/on Hope Town for this season...Boohoo!!!

Tony help?