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Another sailing season comes to an end…

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Saturday, April 1st to Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

It is a sure sign of spring… Silver Maple is wrapping up its sailing season. Hard to believe it is over. We’ve had a great time, but we are always happy to be heading home.

We arrive in Green Turtle a few days before our scheduled haul out date to give us time to do some chores around the boat. It also gives us time to catch up with friends and enjoy Green Turtle. Always lovely and quiet here, but this year between road construction, forest and dump fires, staying at the Green Turtle Club is less than perfect. We move over to the Leeward Yacht Club in the next sound over which is a bit further away from the dust and smoke to wait for our day to pull out the boat out of the water.

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Dinner at the Green Turtle Club with Linda and Vince (Fortnight)

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Beautiful sunset at Green Turtle Cay

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Sunset over Silver Maple at the Leeward Yacht Club on Green Turtle Cay

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Silver Maple at the newly renovated Leeward Yacht Club. Very nice!

When the day finally arrives, we are ready and the weather is perfect. She is pulled out of the water without a glitch. We then spend the next four days cleaning and putting her to bed. Always a big job.

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Ready to go!

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…and she is out of the water!

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Putting Silver Maple on blocks in the Abaco Yacht Services yard

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All tucked in and put to bed

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Saying goodbye for another summer

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Lovely view from our apartment in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay, in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas

Randy with his mean machine, our transportation while we are putting the boat away on Green Turtle Cay

We fly out on Tuesday, April 11th. It takes two days to get home, so it feels like a very long trip. Randy is invited for a weekend golfing with the guys in Florida, so Lee leaves him in Ft. Lauderdale and carries on home via Washington, DC while Randy drives to Port Charlotte, FL for the weekend.

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Lee waiting for the ferry to take us to the airport at Treasure Cay

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Randy at the ferry dock and ready to go

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Gear ready for loading onto the ferry to go to the Treasure Cay airport

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Treasure Cay International Airport

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Our favourite airport lounge

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Randy enjoying his last Bahamian Sands beer

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Waiting at the gate. Okay, there are seats inside too, but we like these!

 

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Randy’s first day golfing in Florida. Oh oh! Looks like he is guarding it!

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Hmm…what could go wrong here?

 

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He’s not going to let it go. Guess it is his ball now! Yikes!

Back at home in Canada, the weather feels spring-like, but there is still ice on the lake. Great weather for raking and cleaning up before the bugs come out.

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The lake is still frozen at home, but looks like the ice will go out soon

Well, that’s it for another season. Wish you all fair winds and following seas. Until next time! Cheers!

One thought on “Another sailing season comes to an end…

  1. Loved your blog! Sorry to see it end….xoxo

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