We’ve Arrived in Georgetown! by Christine

01/18/13 We arrived in Georgetown!  Our goal for this year was to make it to Georgetown, Great Exuma Island and we did it. Of course, plans are written in sand in the sailing world and you never know from day-to-day what the weather may bring, what may need fixing on the boat, etc.  That’s half the adventure, right?  Truansea has been taking us on this trip without more than normal wear and tear boat repairs.  Hookie, our little Zodiac dinghy (which is like our car) has also been doing great.  We had to hoist the outboard into the cockpit a couple of times for repairs and a new prop, but she has been doing a great job taking us snorkeling, beach combing, water runs, trips to town, etc.

It has been a while since I have been able to make an update, and I need to go back to January 2nd to get caught up.

01/02/13  through 01/14/13  We stayed in Black Point longer than we anticipated due to the winds either being too strong (18-25 knots) or from the wrong direction (south/southeast).

Truansea at anchor in Black Point.  It is the blue hulled boat in the middle of the picture.

Truansea at anchor in Black Point. It is the blue hulled boat in the middle of the picture.

The forecast for the week was for even stronger winds south of us and we wanted a weather window open long enough for us to enjoy some of the islands on our way south to Georgetown.  We plan on spending 1-2 months in Georgetown waiting for calmer spring weather to start making our way back up the Exumas, possibly Cat Cay, Abacos, Berry Islands, etc. before crossing the Gulf Stream back to Florida the beginning of June.

The remoras have taken a liking to our boat.  The first time I saw them swimming around, I thought they were sharks.  Needless to say, every time I get off Truasea and into the water, I look all around the boat to see what else may be waiting for me. At least they are doing a job down there, sucking algae off the bottom of the boat.

The remoras have taken a liking to our boat. The first time I saw them swimming around, I thought they were sharks. Needless to say, every time I get off Truasea and into the water, I look all around the boat to see what else may be waiting for me. At least they are doing a job down there, sucking algae off the bottom of the boat.

Logan and Cole with their friend Nic from s/v Southern Bound.

Logan and Cole with their friend Nic from s/v Southern Bound on the beach at Black Point.

One of our boat neighbors, Steve on s/v Slow Flight has scuba gear and offered to put a new anode on our prop.  I have never scuba dived before and he offered to give me a quick course and try it out.  I never pass up a chance to try something new.  It was great to be able to give it a try.  Thanks Steve!

One of our boat neighbors, Steve on s/v Slow Flight has scuba gear and offered to put a new anode on our prop. I have never scuba dived before and he offered to give me a quick course and try it out. I never pass up a chance to try something new. It was great to be able to give it a try. Thanks Steve!

I’m a 10-15 knot wind girl kind of girl and apparently that is what a lot of other people’s comfort zone is.  There are 35 other boats in the anchorage and most of them are also headed to Georgetown.  If the winds are forecasted 10-15 and end up blowing 20, which happens sometimes, I’m still comfortable.  If they are forecasted 15-20 and blow 25, I’m not a happy sailor.

Cole studying a starfish.

Cole studying a starfish.

We were invited by Ida, who owns the laundromat, to go to their annual Christmas church dinner.  They have it after Christmas since many families go to Nassau during school break.  We were the only cruisers to attend and they made us feel very welcome.  The older women all sat at the tables and the younger women served them.  Then the children lined up and were all served where they scattered everywhere to find a spot to eat, then the men were served and lastly the younger women ate.  It was a fantastic meal of pork, turkey, rice with beans, coleslaw, crab pasta salad and macaroni and cheese.

We were invited by Ida, who owns the laundromat, to go to their annual Christmas church dinner. They have it after Christmas since many families go to Nassau during school break. We were the only cruisers to attend and they made us feel very welcome. The older women all sat at the tables and the younger women served them. Then the children lined up and were all served where they scattered everywhere to find a spot to eat, then the men were served and lastly the younger women ate. It was a fantastic meal of pork, turkey, rice with beans, cole slaw, crab pasta salad and macaroni and cheese.

On 01/04/13 we did one overnight trip just south of Black Point to Hetty’s Land on Great Guana Cay with a few other boats to snorkel, fish, beach comb and hike.  The anchorage was not very protected and after a night of rocking and rolling on the hook we all headed back to Black Point.

Mark at picnic table behind laundromat catching up on emails.

Mark at picnic table behind laundromat catching up on emails.

Castle house outside of Black Point that we hiked to a couple times.

Castle house outside of Black Point that we hiked to a couple of times.

Logan on one of our beach exploration days.  I found my first hamburger bean this day!

Logan on one of our beach exploration days. I found my first hamburger bean this day!

Cole with bow & arrow he made on the beach.

Cole with bow & arrow he made on the beach.

Catching a ride on the way back from the castle.  I used to ride in the back of a pickup all the time as a kid.  This was the boys first time doing this!

Catching a ride on the way back from the castle. I used to ride in the back of a pickup all the time as a kid. This was the boys first time doing this!

01/14/13  The forecast is east winds at 12k increasing to 15k in the afternoon and 15-20k in the evening so we made a break for it, along with everyone else in the harbor.  It was the best sailing day we have had so far on this trip.  We sailed along at 5.2 to 6.3 knots and arrived at Cave Cay at 1345.  Cave Cay is private so we enjoyed some snorkeling time and a nice, quiet night at anchor.

Mark enjoying a great day of sailing.

Mark enjoying a great day of sailing.

01/15/13  Today brought a forecast of straight east 90 degree winds at 12-15k so we set sail for Little Darby Island where our friend David on s/v Mist has been anchored for a couple of weeks.  This is the first anchorage where you need to put out two anchors due to limited swing space.  We have not had to use two anchors yet so this was a great learning opportunity.  We put out our primary, a Rocna, then the Foretress.  We have a third anchor as well, a Delta (Mark tells me you can never have enough anchors on a boat).

Starboard side of Truansea with the usual rail stuff.

Starboard side of Truansea with the usual rail stuff.

Port side of Truansea with the laundry hanging to dry.

Port side of Truansea with the laundry hanging to dry.

What cruising kids do without computer games, wii's, etc.   Cole built this on a rather windy night which means the boat was rolling around.  The house fell many times before he was able to complete it.  Two seconds later and boat rocked and the house of cards collapsed!

What cruising kids do without computer games, Wii’s, etc. Cole built this on a rather windy night which means the boat was rolling around. The house fell many times before he was able to complete it. Two seconds later and boat rocked and the house of cards collapsed!

The second day here we were exploring snorkeling places and Mark slowed Hookie down as we neared a black spot.  Black spots are generally coral heads and are easy to spot, especially if you are standing up in the dinghy.  It was a small spot so we were not sure how good it would be so just Mark stuck his head in the water to take a look before we deployed the anchor.  His head popped back up and said, “You’ve got to see this!”  The boys dropped the anchor and Mark plunged overboard.  We all quickly followed suit.  I started laughing underwater when I saw it and my mask filled with water.  I cleared it out and dove again.  If anyone knows how this grand piano metal sculpture with a mermaid at the bench ended up under the sea on the west side of Musha Cay, please let us know.  I could look it up on the internet but it would be more fun to hear from you followers as to its history.

Christine diving with the mermaid at grand piano sculpture off west side Musha Cay.

Christine diving with the mermaid at grand piano underwater sculpture off west side Musha Cay.

Mermaid at grand piano.

Mermaid at grand piano.

The sculpture is spectacular and is not in any of the guide books that we know of.  We passed the word on to all our other cruiser friends to check it out.  No one else had ever heard of it.   David Copperfield owns Musha Island and Jonny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill own islands close by here.  Steven Spielberg’s mega yacht is also anchored not too far away and Tom Waits was spotted on Staniel Cay.  There is only one musician I have ever wished I could meet or see live and that is Tom Waits.  I can not believe I was so close and never got to see him!  Aargh!  Anyway, I am guessing one of these people commissioned the sculpture.

There were some nice calm, slack times at Darby and our kids and Southern Bounds kids enjoyed a little freedom rowing around.

There were some nice calm, slack times at Darby and our kids and Southern Bounds kids enjoyed a little freedom rowing around.

Cole knows how to enjoy a ride!

Cole knows how to enjoy a ride!

We were treated to the first rain of any quantity at Darby.  It was a gentle, long rain.  Everyone got on the decks of their boats and showered first.  We had not experienced a rain yet and had not prepared how to catch the excess water.  The rain stopped and at least we were all clean and rinsed.  Another cloud was coming our way so we got out brushes to wash the salt off the deck, washed out the dinghy and had a few plans on catching as much rain water as we could.  The next rain was another nice, long one and we caught enough water to do the laundry and wash the rest of the boat which had become quite covered in salt crystals.

Collecting rain water.  You can see Logan has a vested interest in getting enough water to finish washing the shampoo out of his hair.

Collecting rain water. You can see Logan has a vested interest in getting enough water to finish washing the shampoo out of his hair.

Big Darby and Little Darby have some interesting history which I will let you look up if you choose.  We enjoyed hiking and beach time there.

Tight anchorage at Little Darby.  Everyone has 2 anchors out.

Tight anchorage at Little Darby. Everyone has 2 anchors out.  These are our friends on Southern Bound.

Castle on Darby which has long since been abandoned.

Castle on Darby which has long since been abandoned.

Inside the castle at Darby.

Inside the castle at Darby.

Cave near the castle where livestock was kept.  There is a natural stone fence out the back side of the cave which naturally fenced in about an acre of land.

Cave near the castle where livestock was kept. There is a natural stone fence out the back side of the cave which naturally fenced in about an acre of land.

Succulent plant along the trail.  Does anyone know its official name?

Century plant along the trail.  Can anyone spot the tree frog on one of the stalks?

Cactus along the trail behind the castle.

Cactus along the trail behind the castle.

We have seen a few sea turtles snorkeling but this is the first one we have been able to get a picture of.

We have seen a few sea turtles snorkeling but this is the first one we have been able to get a picture of.

Another boat neighbor in the anchorage.

Another boat neighbor in the anchorage.

The beaches are beautiful on every island and unfortunately they are all also covered in trash.  Plastic is on every beach we have been to.  Some of the trash is interesting!

The beaches are beautiful on every island and unfortunately they are all also covered in trash. Plastic is on every beach we have been to. Some of the trash is rather horrifying!

We caught a few conch here and have always struggled to clean them.  Some local guys passed through and I asked if they would show me how to do it more efficiently.

Christine getting a conch cleaning lesson from the locals.

Christine getting a conch cleaning lesson from the locals.

01/17/13 The weather window is wide open and we will say good-bye to Little Darby and head to Emerald Bay tomorrow or possibly go all the way to Georgetown.

01/18/13  We left the anchorage at 7am with our friends on s/v Southern Bound and headed out Rudder Cut to the sound side.  We have stayed on the Banks side of the Exumas where it is more protected on every sail except for one day back on 12/28/12 when we had a calm day.  At Rudder Cut, most sailboats must cross over to the sound side to get to Georgetown.  The banks side becomes too shallow and has lots of reefs and coral heads.  We could count 30 masts around us all day as us cruisers took advantage of the weather window and sailed south.  We put out a fishing line and mid-morning I heard the tell-tale zinging sound behind me of a fish on.  The boys took turns reeling it in and they caught our first barracuda.

Logan taking his turn reeling the barracuda in while I sail.

Logan taking his turn reeling the barracuda in while I sail.

Now how do you release him without getting bit?  With a very long handled pliers!

Now how do you release him without getting bit? With a very long-handled pliers!

We arrived in Elizabeth Harbor where George Town is located at 2pm.  The harbor is big and there are lots of sailboats anchored in the various protected areas along with a few trawlers.  It is truly a community here.

We set anchor near volleyball beach.  This is a view of the boats out our 'back door'.

We set anchor near volleyball beach. This is a view of the boats out our ‘back door’.

We are excited to be here, settle in for a while and are looking forward to exploring the area.

Our first trip to town involved getting some parts, stocking up on water and getting some fresh food.

One of our first stops was to Exuma Parts to get some spare engine belts.

One of our first stops was to Exuma Parts to get some spare engine belts.

Inside the store.  It is a treasure trove.

Inside the store. It is a treasure trove.

Otherwise, we have been exploring on Stocking Island side, enjoying the beaches and hiking.

Sound side where a blue hole comes out.

Sound side where a blue hole comes out.

Fish abound in blue hole.

Fish abound in blue hole.

View of one of the anchorages from the top of monument hill.

View of one of the anchorages from the top of monument hill.

Christine and Mark on monument hill.

Christine and Mark on monument hill.

The 'cruising kids' hiking for the day.

The ‘cruising kids’ hiking for the day.

We have boat friends over often or go to other people's boats.  We enjoy everyone's company.

We have boat friends over often or go to other people’s boats. We enjoy everyone’s company.

Cole, Nic and Logan.

Cole, Nic and Logan.

January 30th and we are in swimsuits.  In fact, we have wore nothing but swimsuits since September!

January 30th and we are in swimsuits. In fact, we have worn nothing but swimsuits since September!

Fair Winds ~ Christine

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Learning to use a Sextant by Cole

A sextant is a tool that can help you calculate your position.  Our friend David brought a sextant to our boat and taught us how to use it.  You use mirrors on movable arms to bring the sun down to the horizon to get your fix.

Our friend David from s/v Mist teaching us to use a sextant.

Our friend David from s/v Mist teaching us to use a sextant.

Here is me using the sextant.  You use the colored filters to make the sun darker, otherwise it will blind you.

Me using the sextant.

Me using the sextant.

Cole…

Spear Fishing by Logan

This is my first fish I speared.  It is a Blue Stripped Grunt.  There are lots of them around so they are easy to catch because they are so tame.  In the background there is a few other people that we went spear fishing with too.  Usually we go to our friends boat and have a fish dinner with the catch of the day.  The next picture is of all the fish all of us caught in the dinghy.  I also caught the silver fish, they are another kind of grunt.

The spear I am using is not the kind where you pull the trigger.  You pull back a rubber band really tight and then you let it go to spear the fish.  It is called a Hawaiian Sling.  I think spear fishing is easier than regular fishing because the fish are so tame.  As soon as you catch a fish, you put it above the water because they will wiggle right off your spear and then you will have to get them again.  This also keeps the blood out of the water otherwise you may attract sharks.  If you do, you just give your fish to the shark and get in the dinghy and go.

The first fish I speared.

My first fish.

Our catch for the day.

Our catch for the day.

There is some locals around the islands that will go out spear fishing also.  They come back with mostly conch, lobster and 1 really big fish.  It is amazing how many they come back with.  The picture of me holding a lobster, the locals speared that one but I am going to spear my first lobster soon I think.  My dad also has speared some lobsters, not quite as big as this one but they are pretty big.

This is how you find lobsters.  You look for little black twigs in rocks under water and those are lobster antennas.  Also if you see a hole in the coral, go down and look in the holes and there will be lobster in there too sometimes.  They do not run away.  They will sit there until you actually touch them.

 

Lobster.

Lobster.

Logan

 

Conch Shell Tradition by Logan

Every evening at sundown we blow the conch and all the other boaters blow them at the same time.  It sounds really cool with the echoing in the bay.   A conch is the shell of a snail but it has 2 eyes and a little foot it walks around on.  They are very good eating.  To eat them, you cut a hole in the side of them at the 5th ring to get them out.  If you want a conch horn, you have to seal up that hole you made with some putty then at the 4th ring, you cut the top off the conch and it will look all spirally inside.  With a chisel, you hit the spiral out of it so it just looks like a funnel.

Conch shells are used for many different traditions.  One is at sunset, some are at weddings and a bathing ceremony.  These traditions take place in The Bahamas, The Caribbean and Hawaii.  Here is a picture of our conch.  This is the first one we caught.

Blowing of the conch shell is a tradition at sunset.  This is the conch Mark caught a few days ago.  The shells all make a different sound.  It is somewhat like an elk bugling.

Blowing of the conch shell is a tradition at sunset. This is the conch Mark caught a few days ago. The shells all make a different sound. It is somewhat like an elk bugling.

Cole & Logan blowing conch shells.

Cole & Logan blowing conch shells.

There are some conch that are good to eat and some that are bad to eat.  The good type is a Queen Conch.  The type you don’t want to eat is a King Conch.  The King Conch look a lot more beautiful but they do not taste so good.  You can’t eat any conch that are in 20 feet of water (deep water).  They are called black conch.  They are the regular Queen Conch but if you eat them from deep water, it will make you sick.

Logan

Hutia by Cole

When we were at the beach at Warderick Wells we saw the Hutia.  They look like guinea pigs with a rats tail.  The hutia are nocturnal and you can get a little close to them.

The hutias are vegetarians.  Usually rodents become aggressive when they are living in crowded conditions.  Bahama hutias can live close together without getting aggressive.

Bahama Hutia

Bahama Hutia

People used to think they were extinct but really they were alive. They are the only land mammals native to The Bahamas.  Hutias are an endangered species and the reason they are endangered is because the Indians that used to live here ate them.

Hutia

Their scientific name is Geocaptomys ingrahami.

Hutia

Cole…

Education Afloat by Mark

Over the year we will be gone, we have been homeschooling our boys on the boat.  The experience has been great so far in that we have had the opportunity to show our kids practical applications to many of the lessons we have been teaching.  For example, a discussion about latitude and longitude is concluded by plotting our position on the chart. We talk about the relationship between degrees, minutes and seconds and they get to take turns reading our position on the chartplotter as well as plotting our position on the chart throughout the day.

Mark and Cole plotting our position.

Mark and Cole plotting our position.

For Christmas the boys received an invention kit from Radio Shack.  The kit included the materials to make simple motors, a radio, a telegraph and a number of other inventions.  We invited some of the other cruising family’s kids onboard to make the telegraph.  We incorporated some of the literature we picked up at a pony express station in Nebraska because it was the invention of the telegraph that made the pony express obsolete after only 18 months of operation.

A successfully built spinning motor.

A successfully built spinning motor.

Our lesson using the telegraph lent itself to learning about Morse Code.  The next day the kids used flashlights to send messages using Morse Code to one another.   The trivia question for the day is, what does SOS stand for?

And so goes learning on a boat.  We learn about radios and then we use them in a practical application.

This week we have been held over at Black Point in the Exumas .  While here, the boys are going to the local school.  The kids in the school have been very friendly and the teachers and principal were open to having any of the cruising kids attend while we are here.

Helping out in Black Point.

Helping out in Black Point.

Christine and I were invited to help out in the school as well.  She has been helping with some of the kid’s reading, while I gave a short lesson to the class about energy and simple machines.  I brought in a chisel/wedge, a pry bar/lever as examples of simple machines and scavenged up a wheelbarrow from one of the locals and a propeller and can opener from our boat as examples of compound machines to demonstrate how simple machines can be combined to make more complex ones.

Recess is fun where ever you are.

Recess is fun where ever you are.

Meeting new friends at school.

Meeting new friends at school.

More importantly than the lessons they are learning in class is the experience they are getting by attending school in another country.  They are making new friends in a different culture and while that isn’t part of the lesson plan it’s all part of the experience.  Who knows if they well ever study abroad, but if they do now they have at least a taste of what they could expect it to be like.  We thank the teachers and kids at Black Point for inviting us into their school.

Mark

Nassau to Black Point and Back by Christine

12/17/12  We left Nassau next for Allen’s Cay.  David on s/v Mist sailed along with us.  Allen’s Cay is known for their iguanas.

under way

Coral heads as we approached Allen's Cay.  We have read about them and when you see them, you know it.  We are always on the lookout for these dark, dangerous spots.

Coral heads as we approached Allen’s Cay. We have read about them and when you see them, you know it. We are always on the lookout for these dark, dangerous spots.

Sailing into the bay, we could see the famous iguanas on the beach.  We wasted no time in getting the dinghy in the water and headed for the beach.  (See Cole’s post on the iguanas).   There were some good snorkeling spots here as well with beautiful coral heads and fish.  It is hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner.  We put a Christmas tree and decorated it on the boat.

X-Mas tree on Truansea.

X-Mas tree on Truansea.

Lone palm tree on Allen's Cay.

Lone palm tree on Allen’s Cay.

12/19/12 We headed for Norman’s Cay to get protected anchorage from the high winds forecast coming up.  We tried to get into Norman’s Pond, which is very protected, but kept getting stopped by the sandy bottom.  We knew it was a shallow entrance and several people told us we could make it with our draft.  The channels are ever changing and evidently it has filled up enough that 5’ drafts can no longer make it in.  We anchored near the submerged plane wreck and dived it at slack tide.  Beautiful fish, coral life, stingrays and nurse sharks are living in and around the wreck.

One of my favorite fish.

One of my favorite fish.

Plane wreck we dove at Norman's Cay.

Plane wreck we dove at Norman’s Cay.

After snorkeling, the boys (and us) head for the fish books to identify what knew sea life we saw.

After snorkeling, the boys (and us) head for the fish books to identify what knew sea life we saw.

Mark cooking on our camp stove in the companionway.

Mark cooking on our camp stove in the companionway.

12/20/12  The next day we went to Warderick Wells Cay.  You can anchor here, but have to anchor a ways out so we picked up a park mooring ball to be close to the beach and hiking trails.  Their mooring balls are regularly maintained so we felt secure here as well with the winds picking up.   Warderick Wells is part of the Exuma Land and Sea Park which is a no take zone.  Nothing living or dead may be removed from the park.  There was beautiful, diverse snorkeling spots here which we went to on several different days.  Our favorite spot was called Ranger’s Garden.

Whale bone skeleton at Warderick Wells Cay.

Whale bone skeleton at Warderick Wells Cay.

The hiking at Warderick covers diverse terrain.  We made driftwood placques to leave at BooBoo Hill to appease the wind gods, had fun sticking our heads over the blow holes, made a palm hut, did beach combing and hiked a variety of trails.

The legend of Boo Boo Hill.

The legend of Boo Boo Hill.

There are a variety of beaches here as well.  The kids made a palm tree hut on one of them.

cave

The park warden hosts a Christmas dinner at his house every year.  He cooks the ham and turkey and everyone brings a dish to pass.  Needless to say, the food was fantastic and the cruisers company was even better.

Cole climbing a palm tree. He keeps me supplied with coconut milk!

Cole climbing a palm tree. He keeps me supplied with coconut milk!

Cole climbing a palm tree.  He keeps me supplied with coconut milk!

12/27/12  Our next stop was Cambridge Cay and our friends Graeme and Laura on s/v Sweet Chariot joined us.  We snorkeled five different sites here, one with a cave, another plane wreck and our favorite place was called The Garden.  It was the most beautiful spot we have been to yet.  The best part of it was we saw a sea turtle.  We watched him peacefully munching sea grass then swam gracefully away.

Sweet Chariot

A different kind of school...

A different kind of school…

Cole snorkeling.

Cole snorkeling.

12/28/12 On to Big Majors Cay after stopping at Staniel Cay to top off on diesel, gas and water, then spend some time seeing the area.  We rang in the New Year’s here with some fantastic new cruising friends – Laura, Graeme, Sean, Candi, Nick, Morgan, Chip, Eleana and John.

Yes, pigs do swim.  Especially if they think you have food.

Cruising friends on Eleon.  Logan, Eleana, John and Cole.

Cruising friends on Eleon. Logan, Eleana, John and Cole.

Pizza birthday party on Eleon.  Chip is a fantastic cook!

Pizza birthday party on Eleon. Chip is a fantastic cook!

The starfish are big and beautiful.  David, Logan and Cole.

The starfish are big and beautiful. David, Logan and Cole.

The winds picked up for a couple days.  We are glad we purchased a Rocna anchor and 70′ of chain.

The Rocna anchor buried to the bar.  I love to see it buried (helps me sleep better).

The Rocna anchor buried to the bar. I love to see it buried (helps me sleep better).

The famous Thunderball Grotto (for all you James Bond fans).  Unfortunately the club is still not open.

The famous Thunderball Grotto (for all you James Bond fans). Unfortunately the club is still not open.

David rowing to Truansea for supper.  "The real deal sailor," as the boys call him.

David rowing to Truansea for supper. “The real deal sailor,” as the boys call him.  He taught us to play Rummy 500 which we thoroughly love but changed to Rummy 300.

We walked to the dump to drop off our garbage and Mark found a few parts needed for the boat!

We walked to the dump to drop off our garbage and Mark found a few parts needed for the boat!

The colorful houses are so much fun.  Maybe we will update the color on our Mossy Cup Street house when we return to Idaho!

The colorful houses are so much fun. Maybe we will update the color on our Mossy Cup Street house when we return to Idaho!  What do you think Paul & Mary?

Mark with the catch of the day, 2 lobster and 1 conch.

Mark with the catch of the day, 2 lobster and 1 conch.

New Year's Eve party.  John, Morgan, Nick, Cole, Logan and Eleana.

New Year’s Eve party. John, Morgan, Nick, Cole, Logan and Eleana.

Catamaran wreck during the New Year's Day regatta.

Catamaran after a collision during the New Year’s Day regatta.

01/02/13  Off to Black Point on Great Guana Cay.

Logan doing school work on Truansea on the way to Black Point on Great Guana Cay.

Logan doing school work on Truansea on the way to Black Point on Great Guana Cay.

Cole hard at work.

Cole hard at work.

01/04/13 On to White Point to anchor in a bay with boat friends and do some snorkeling and fishing.  We explored the beaches and did some hiking as well.

01/06/13  We headed back to Black Point on Great Guana Cay.  The winds are supposed to pick up so we are holing up here until the winds drop back to my comfort level.  It looks like the winds will stay for a while and we may be here over a week.

This is Cole's favorite spot on the bow of Truansea.

This is Cole’s favorite spot on the bow of Truansea.

Blowing of the conch shell is a tradition at sunset.  This is the conch Mark caught a few days ago.  The shells all make a different sound.  It is somewhat like an elk bugling.

Blowing of the conch shell is a tradition at sunset. This is the conch Mark caught a few days ago. The shells all make a different sound. It is somewhat like an elk bugling.

Cole & Logan blowing conch shells.

Cole & Logan blowing conch shells.

Cole's perch doing dishes.

Cole’s perch doing dishes.

Breadfruit on a breadfruit tree.

Breadfruit on a breadfruit tree.

We are all happy that some cruising kids are holed up at Black Point with us.  They love to dive off the bow of the boat, swim around to the transom, walk the side decks to the front of the boat and do it all over again and again and again!  Happy,tired kids and parents at night.

We are all happy that some cruising kids are holed up at Black Point with us. They love to dive off the bow of the boat, swim around to the transom, walk the side decks to the front of the boat and do it all over again and again and again! Happy,tired kids and parents at night.

Class on the telegraph machine on Truansea, incorporating the pony express and morse code into it.  The kids are going to send morse code messages by flashlight back and forth between boats tonight.  Nick, Elana, Cole, Logan, John and Morgan.

Class on the telegraph machine on Truansea, incorporating the pony express and morse code into it. The kids are going to send morse code messages by flashlight back and forth between boats tonight. Nick, Elana, Cole, Logan, John and Morgan.

Fair Winds ~ Christine