The Adventures of

CS33 Borean

Instalment 17 - April 28, 2001 - Nassau

"Heading home"©

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It has been quite a while since we last wrote,yes we are still alive and sailing. The reason is that we haven’t moved much because of the weather. Oh it is warm and sunny but cold fronts keep coming down on us making traveling uncomfortable and then we need a safe anchorage. What with this weather nobody is moving making for some pretty crowded anchorages and the marinas are doing very well I might add as they are all full. I can attest to this as we are now back in Nassau where we had to use a shoe horn to squeeze our way between the anchored boats.

We left Black Point to head north and anchored off of Big Majors Spot. Big Majors is the home of Emily and Edna two feral pigs. Having just finished reading Hannibal, Janette was a little leery about going ashore. Emily and Edna have taken lessons from the iguanas on Allens Cay. They can hear a dinghy engine a mile away and the swim out to meet you expecting snacks from all boaters. But unlike the iguanas they don’t dance or anything they just run up to your dinghy sniff around climb in and make a nuisance of themselves. Hand feeding is only for the very brave or foolish, but once we feed them some potatoes, carrots and apples. They just lay in the sun soaking up the rays,leaving us to walk the beach in peace.

Big Majors also has the remnants of a Haitian freighter.These boats are the ones you hear about in the news all the time about a boatload of refugees looking for a better life either in the Bahamas or the USA. This particular boat had 80 people on board and was intercepted by the Bahamian Defense Force. After the people were taken off it was beached and destroyed.

The usual fate for these boats is that they usually sink at sea. We found one in 12 feet of water and almost sailing right on top of it. What we thought was a floating wooden mast was actually still attached to hull just below the surface. Always keep a sharp lookout!

We were once again at Warderick Wells at the moorings inside at Exuma park. We were there so long that we decided to do some volunteer work to pay for our mooring. They had Janette and I do some eye splices for some new moorings that they are putting in. An eye splice for you un-nautical is where a line is woven back into itself to make a loop. This line is then attached to an anchoring device and you tie your boat to it. If any of you come down be sure to ask for another mooring than the one we made....I know I would.

With opportunities to change location being few and far between we headed for Norman’s Cay the infamous drug transshipment point. Here once again we had to find a hidey hole as there was yet another front moving in with another right behind it. But weather being what weather is ....that is unpredictable, it all changed and we decided to leave Norman’s for Nassau. It was a brisk 8 hour sail with some strong winds and heavy seas at one point we hit 7.9 knots, pretty fast for this boat. We arrived here bone tired from all the jostling we received, to wait yet again for another weather window, which if you are to believe the forecasters, won’t be for another 4 days.

The next installment will most probably be from Florida, which means that this adventure is really, sadly coming to an end.

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