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Getting ready on Green Turtle Cay

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Saturday, February 21, 2015 to Sunday, March 1, 2015

We’ve spent 12 days enjoying ourselves in Hope Town, so we decide to move on to visit a few other places before we head north. Before we leave we attend one more of the Song Writer’s Festival events — this time at Firefly, our favourite restaurant in the Abacos. It’s sad to leave our friends behind, but hopefully we will see them again next year — if not before. From Hope Town we head south to Sea Spray Marina. It is only a short distance away on the same island as Hope Town, Elbow Cay. The depths leaving Hope Town and travelling down to Sea Spray can be challenging though, so the captain plans his timing for high tide and keeps and close eye.

Our group of sailors (on boats Miss Ellie, Silver Maple, Irish Wake, October, and Neesa) at Firefly Restaurant for the Song Writer's Festival

Our group of sailors (on boats Miss Ellie, Silver Maple, Irish Wake, October, and Neesa) at Firefly Restaurant for the Song Writer’s Festival

The entertainment at Firefly for the Song Writer's Festival

The entertainment at Firefly for the Song Writer’s Festival

Guy and Louise waving goodbye from their boat in Hope Town

Guy and Louise waving goodbye from their boat in Hope Town

Last glimpse of the Hope Town lighthouse as we leave

Last glimpse of the Hope Town lighthouse as we leave

Captain navigating to Sea Spray Marina

Captain navigating to Sea Spray Marina

At Sea Spray, its lovely and quiet and we enjoy some downtime. We sit by the pool and go for a walk on the beach. The weather is looking up — warm and sunny. It feels like we are finally in the Bahamas! What a crazy year for weather — cool and windy all the time.

Relaxing by the Sea Spray pool

Relaxing by the Sea Spray pool

The lovely Sea Spray Marina

The lovely Sea Spray Marina

Silver Maple at the Sea Spray dock

Silver Maple at the Sea Spray dock

The beach at Sea Spray where Lee finds three sea beans -- apparently they travel from South America or Africa and wash up on the beach

The beach at Sea Spray where Lee finds three sea beans — apparently they travel from South America or Africa and wash up on the beach

Sea beans found on Sea Spray beach. People polish them and make jewelry.

Sea beans found on Sea Spray beach. People polish them and make jewelry.

The next day when we leave Sea Spray, it is a gorgeous, calm day. We motor to Marsh Harbour where we plan to visit our friends Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt). Unfortunately, the Marsh Harbour Marina where we usually like to stay only has space for us for one night, so we have to move again the next morning over to the Conch Inn. It is a bit closer to town though, so nicer for getting groceries and supplies anyway.

Calm day travelling from Sea Spray to Marsh Harbour

Calm day travelling from Sea Spray to Marsh Harbour

The water is clear and clean

The water is clear and clean

So clear you can see star fish on the bottom

So clear you can see star fish on the bottom

Watching the Hope Town Sailing Club races as we pass by

Watching the Hope Town Sailing Club races as we pass

Boats aren't moving fast in the race with no wind

Boats aren’t moving fast in the race with almost no wind

Beautiful Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room Restaurant

Beautiful Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room Restaurant

Happy Hour on Silver Maple with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt)

Happy Hour on Silver Maple with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt)

Silver Maple docked at the Conch Inn as sun sets over Marsh Harbour

Silver Maple docked at the Conch Inn as sun sets over Marsh Harbour

Pickle ball with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and a lot of other folks

Pickle ball with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and a lot of other folks

Windy in Marsh Harbour as we leave for Guana Cay

Windy in Marsh Harbour as we leave for Great Guana Cay

After two days in Marsh Harbour, we move to Great Guana Cay and stay at the Orchid Bay Marina. Orchid Bay is much more vibrant than the last time we were here two years ago. It has new management, the restaurant is open and things are clean and back in business. This will be our launching point for doing the Whale Cay ocean passage to Green Turtle Cay where we keep the boat in storage. The next day is supposed to be calm, but there is a chance of thunderstorms, so we decide to play it by ear and decide when we get up.

In the morning, there is very little wind and the clouds seem to be far enough away that we can make the two-hour voyage. After we are through the passage and in the cut, we see the storm clouds moving in fast. Randy puts the hammer down and we speed into White Sound on Green Turtle Cay — well, speeding as much as we can speed anyway. When we arrive at the Green Turtle Club Marina, the clouds seem to dissipate just as we are docking. Safe, sound and dry.

Calm day with distant thunder clouds as we leave to make the Whale Cay ocean passage

Calm day with distant thunder clouds as we leave Orchid Bay Marina to make the Whale Cay ocean passage

Thunder storms threaten as we arrive in the cut at Green Turtle Cay

Thunder storms threaten as we arrive in the cut at Green Turtle Cay

White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

Silver Maple docked at the Green Turtle Club in White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

Silver Maple docked at the Green Turtle Club in White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

The lovely Green Turtle Club Marina

The lovely Green Turtle Club Marina

Now at the lovely Green Turtle Club, we are enjoying the nice weather and keeping busy with our many chores that we have to do before putting Silver Maple into storage — sanding and staining wood, waxing the deck and cockpit, polishing stainless steel. She gets hauled out of the water on Friday, March 6th and we fly back to Canada on Tuesday, March 10th. Hard to believe we are wrapping things up for the year already! Just a few days after we arrive home in the great white north, we fly out of Toronto to Tahiti for a cruise. When we planned the cruise, it seemed like a good idea, but having to wrap things up early here is a bit sad. Regardless, the cruise should be great. One of those bucket list places we want to see. Some pampering will be very nice too!

One thought on “Getting ready on Green Turtle Cay

  1. Enjoy your Cruise guys. Scott and his gang of (9) just got back last Saturday night. Good time had by all. Stationed out of San Juan. They took a couple of tours which they booked on the Internet (better than the ones the ship offers. Really great tours. Mud Bay at one – fresh bananas etc. lunch at the Tour Guides Mom’s place for 9. Guess what the want Scott to take another 8 months of one-on-one $40,000.00. They want to promote him to Upper Management. Needs to take it to be able to be promoted to Upper Management. Boy he is doing great. Cody did great minding the house, dogs, and horses. Their luggage was lost at Miami but delivered to their house I believe on the Monday after they returned home. Their was a flight delay at the Miami Airport. They missed by 3 minutes due to the fact their gate was not ready for them to leave the plane. Left next day at 2ish. Hotel and meals covered of course – no wonder the flight rates are so high to make up for these kind of ——–!! Saw Oprah’s Mansion on one of the islands biggest house on the Island. Went to several Islands. Call me when you get home going to Scott’s for Easter. Ted and family as well and possibly Dave. You never know about Dave always last minute with him. When do you get home? Maybe come for Easter at Scott’s.

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