Sunday, March 23 to Sunday, March 30 2014
Well, our plans to move to Marsh Harbour last week had to be adjusted. The weather has been unsettled for days, so we have been forced to stay here in Hopetown — not really a hardship since it’s a gorgeous place with a lovely beach and some nice restaurants. And, we’ve been meeting lots of other great cruisers who are also staying put and waiting for good weather. The northern migration has definitely started. Being forced to hole up this week, we have had time to work on preparing the boat to put into storage for the season — in addition to having fun with our new friends.
The great people on Mandalay (Debra and John from Annapolis, MD) and Miss Ellie (Louise and Guy formerly from Sarnia, ON and now from Vancouver, BC) have been lots of fun. The guys have also been pitching in to help Randy with some of the sanding and varnishing on our boat. Julie and Dawson on Jazzebelle (from Sudbury, ON) who we met in Cape Eleuthera arrived a few days after we got here. Great to see them again! We’ve been hanging out with them too.
Today it is 80F and sunny, but thunderstorms are rolling through occasionally. Looks like the weather, wind and waves are going to improve tomorrow (Monday), so we will finally be able to move on. New plan is to go to Fishers Bay at Great Guana Cay on Monday and then do the Whale Cay ocean passage the next day. That will put us in Green Turtle Cay sometime Tuesday. Silver Maple is being pulled out of the water early next week at Abaco Yacht Services on Green Turtle Cay. The few days we will have when we get there this week will give us time to get things ready.
The trip is wrapping up for this year. Wow, hard to believe.