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Wrapping up the voyage for 2014

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Monday, March 31 to Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Like us, most of the boats in the Bahamas from the US and Canada now seem to be wrapping things up and heading north to put their boats into storage for the summer months. Some are storing them in the Bahamas, as we are. Others will be making the Golf Stream crossing back to the US.

On March 31st we leave Hopetown where we have been for the last few weeks and move up to Green Turtle Cay, via Great Guana and the Whale Passage which takes you out into the ocean for a few miles. The group we met in Hopetown who we have been hanging out with — Debra and John from Annapolis, MD (on Mandalay), Guy and Louise from Sarnia, ON, but recently moved to Vancouver, BC (on Miss Ellie) — join us a day later in Green Turtle Cay as they too move north. Julie and Dawson from Sudbury, ON (on Jazzebelle) who we met while in Cape Eleuthera join the group there too. Although we are wrapping up the trip we manage to take some time for fun at the pool and beach.

Debra and Louise on the beach in Hopetown. We stroll and look for sea beans and sea glass

Debra (Mandalay) and Louise (Miss Ellie) on the beach in Hopetown. We stroll and look for sea beans and sea glass.

Shark comes right up to the shore where we are walking in the water by the beach. Yikes!

Shark comes right up to the shore where we are walking along the beach. Yikes!

Louise and Guy wave goodbye from the dock in Hopetown as we leave

Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie) wave goodbye from the dock in Hopetown as we leave

Enjoying morning coffee at Great Guana Cay before to we do the Whale Passage

Enjoying morning coffee at Great Guana Cay before to we do the Whale Passage to Green Turtle

Green Turtle Club Marina where we dock until we pull the boat out of the water

Green Turtle Club Marina where we dock until we pull the boat out of the water

 

Miss Ellie and Mandalay join us in Green Turtle Cay the day after we arrive

Miss Ellie and Mandalay join us in Green Turtle Cay the day after we arrive

The ladies at the pool at the Green Turtle Club

The ladies (Left to right: Louise, Julie, Lee and Debra) at the Green Turtle Club pool

The guys all pitch in to help Randy fold up the jib

The guys all pitch in to help Randy fold up the jib

On Monday, April 7th, the boat is pulled out of the water and put ‘on the hard’ in storage racks and tied down with hurricane straps. It’s a windy day for haul-out, but all goes well and without incident. While we are working on finalizing things on the boat for storage for the week — including taking down sails, refinishing wood, waxing and cleaning — we move into an apartment in the nearby town of New Plymouth. Very cute town and so quiet!

Silver Maple being pulled out of the water

Silver Maple being pulled out of the water

Silver Maple put to bed for the season

Silver Maple put to bed for the season

The apartment in New Plymouth (with rental golf cart) where we stayed while preparing the boat for storage

The apartment in New Plymouth (with rental golf cart) where we stay while preparing the boat for storage

Everything is done and the boat is closed up with a day to spare. We have a farewell lunch with the group the day before we leave and are off to Canada on Monday, April 14th. We catch the 7:30AM ferry from New Plymouth to Treasure Cay, then taxi to the airport there. By 7PM we are on the 401 Highway in Toronto and heading home to Catchacoma Lake north of Buckhorn, ON. Unfortunately, winter has been holding on so we arrived back to snow and cold. Ugh!

Waiting for the ferry to the airport to head home with all our gear

Waiting with all our gear for the ferry to the airport to head home

Getting on the ferry

Getting on the ferry

Look what we get home too!  Ahh!!!

Look what we get home too! Randy has to brush the car in the morning. Ahh!!

 

 

Well, that’s it for this year. We had a great trip and are looking forward to further travels next year. Have a great summer, everyone! Cheers!

 

 

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