dolcevitaville blog #6

Sunday, January 26

Addendum

 

 

We forgot to put something important in Blog #5. You may recall that we anchored that night by Tilloo Cay and enjoyed the rising of the full moon. That same day and evening we took our first shower since leaving Hope Town on Thursday. We had showered at the Hope Town Marina before taking off on our adventure.

 

This time we made use of the Sun Shower, a five gallon, solar heated item. Stephen did his showering in the afternoon and reported that the water was warm and wonderful. Franci waited until dusk so she could feel comfortable showering “in the buff” as she is accustomed to doing. The water was no longer warm, but it was refreshing just the same. Five gallons was plenty of water for two showers. We enjoyed our showers immensely.

 

Dolcevitaville Blog #5

Sat. Jan. 26, 2013

We left Little Harbour this morning at 8 a.m. heading north back towards Hope Town. The winds have been SSE at 5 – 10 mph. We had a beautiful 3 hour sail. Since winds were light, we were able to gybe easily and made great time. We are loving the Maine Cat 30. It's a marvelous boat and will be a wonderful lake boat as well. Once again, Franci was at the helm and Stephen worked the lines. It's a fun boat to sail.

 

We are currently anchored on the southern tip of Tilloo Cay, south of Elbow Cay where Hope Town is located. We had delicious leftover steak sandwiches for lunch and Stephen is fishing. We have all afternoon to try several different fishing spots.

 

 

 

A boat just pulled up and the folks on board handed us a mackerel to have for dinner. They had a dolphin fish (mahi mahi) that they also had caught and were going to have for their dinner. Life is good here.

 

 

 

That evening we anchored at Tilloo Cay. It was full moon night and we enjoyed the sunset and moonrise immensely.

 

 

Sweet dreams!

 

Dolcevitaville Blog #4

Thursday we finally left Hope Town and set sails heading south. The wind was directly behind us and we did a lot of “tacking” and “chicken gybes” for those of you who understand sailing lingo. We thoroughly enjoyed our day's sail, but were really ready to stop by late afternoon. We anchored in a secluded area with a lovely beach nearby. Stephen tried fishing but it was too windy. No luck. Good thing we already had fish in the refrigerator.

For dinner Stephen cooked us fried mahi mahi with green beans and yellow rice. Once again, YUM!

It was a beautiful evening with a full moon almost here. The sunrise was equally beautiful. We were both thrilled that our IPad anchor alarm worked great even though we never had any actual problems. If ever our anchor were not holding properly, the alarm would wake us up…..a good thing to know.

 

Friday we motored a short distance to Little Harbour, an artist community where we decided to spend the day since rain was in the forecast. It never really rained but we had a marvelous day at Little Harbour.

 

 

We ate lunch at Pete's Pub. I had a hamburger with blue cheese and Stephen had a blackened snapper burger. Both were served with rice 'n peas and mangle cole slaw. They provided a sterno cup which kept the flies away from our food, a new concept for us. The food was delicious and we enjoyed meeting other folks, locals as well as tourists like ourselves. Stephen especially liked the barbecue hut which they use for special occasions.

 

Inside is the big pit they use to roast a pig and a huge pot they use for bisque.

 

After lunch we visited the gallery. As I mentioned before, this is an artist community. They do lots of sculpture here.

 

There was plenty of other art as well. Stephen especially liked the picture of the Bahamian women.

 

It was a gift shop as well and Franci bought things for herself and others. The clerk was a musician like ourselves and we had fun visiting. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Little Harbour.

 

 

 

By mid afternoon we returned to the boat where we have had time to catch up on our blogging. We were able to get a good wi fi connection here.

Tomorrow we set sails again heading back to the north. We are enjoying our visit to the Abacos.

 

Dolcevitaville Blog #4

Thursday we finally left Hope Town and set sails heading south. The wind was directly behind us and we did a lot of “tacking” and “chicken gybes” for those of you who understand sailing lingo. We thoroughly enjoyed our day's sail, but were really ready to stop by late afternoon. We anchored in a secluded area with a lovely beach nearby. Stephen tried fishing but it was too windy. No luck. Good thing we already had fish in the refrigerator.

For dinner Stephen cooked us fried mahi mahi with green beans and yellow rice. Once again, YUM!

It was a beautiful evening with a full moon almost here. The sunrise was equally beautiful. We were both thrilled that our IPad anchor alarm worked great even though we never had any actual problems. If ever our anchor were not holding properly, the alarm would wake us up…..a good thing to know.

 

Friday we motored a short distance to Little Harbour, an artist community where we decided to spend the day since rain was in the forecast. It never really rained but we had a marvelous day at Little Harbour.

 

 

We ate lunch at Pete's Pub. I had a hamburger with blue cheese and Stephen had a blackened snapper burger. Both were served with rice 'n peas and mangle cole slaw. They provided a sterno cup which kept the flies away from our food, a new concept for us. The food was delicious and we enjoyed meeting other folks, locals as well as tourists like ourselves. Stephen especially liked the barbecue hut which they use for special occasions.

 

Inside is the big pit they use to roast a pig and a huge pot they use for bisque.

 

After lunch we visited the gallery. As I mentioned before, this is an artist community. They do lots of sculpture here.

 

There was plenty of other art as well. Stephen especially liked the picture of the Bahamian women.

 

It was a gift shop as well and Franci bought things for herself and others. The clerk was a musician like ourselves and we had fun visiting. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Little Harbour.

 

 

 

By mid afternoon we returned to the boat where we have had time to catch up on our blogging. We were able to get a good wi fi connection here.

Tomorrow we set sails again heading back to the north. We are enjoying our visit to the Abacos.

 

dolcevitaville blog #3

Wednesday, after buying provisions, we took the ferry to Hope Town where Ron, our chart rep, met us with his boat. He loaded our five bags and one cooler onto his boat mentioning that we had enough stuff for six people. He took us to Moon Doggy, the Maine Cat 30 we have chartered for the week.

He gave us an an hour to put away our “stuff” and then came back to give us a briefing on the boat systems. By that time it was four o'clock and we all agreed to put off the check out sail until the next morning,

We got into our dinghy and went to Capt. Jack's for dinner and drinks.

 

The next day, Thursday, we went for our check out sail. Ron is very thorough and even though we are experienced sailors we still learned some new tricks. We enjoyed our day of sailing and returned to Hope Town harbour that afternoon.

 

We did some sightseeing in Hope Town that afternoon and then returned to the boat to cook dinner….steaks, purple potatoes, snow peas and tomatoes….YUM! I have to admit that we are great cooks.

 

 

 

Sunset in the harbour was lovely.

 

Dolce Vitaville Sailing Blog No. 2, 1.21.13

Maties, another sailing blog post blow'in your way!

We made it to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas with all our luggage.

On the way down on the airplane we traveled from Houston to Ft Lauderdale with Will Gullatt on the same flight. He is with a group from his work going for a retreat in Nassau we think.

Our flight from Ft L. was delayed for three hours so we hung at Chili's with drinks and potato soup until we heard an announcement with our names. When we checked the United terminal we discovered that they had been calling for us for a long time but we hadn't heard because of the crowded restaurant. Luckily we just made the other flight they had arranged and we soon arrive via puddle jumper to Treasure Cay, the substitute destination. They bought us a cab ride to Marsh Harbour where we were originally bound. It was great except for the old guy who kept whistling “Deck the Halls.” The cab took us to the ferry landing in Marsh Harbour.

The other folks in the cab, including Mr. Christmas, were taking the ferry to Hope Town like we will be tomorrow. From there the cab driver took us to Island Boy Tackle where we rented two fishing rods and a gaff. Then on to the Conch Inn for the night.

We made our way to the room and then the bar for rum and conch fritters.

Tomorrow we shop for provisions here in the morning and then take the ferry over to Hope Town, about a 10 mile trip,to meet Ron the charter rep. and board the boat. After a three hour checkout sail we will sleep on the boat and then sail away on Wednesday provided we pass the check out sail.

That's all for now. See you tomorrow with new adventures and more pictures.

Stephen and Franci