Calm between the storms


This is the reality of winter cruising seasons… move to a protected anchorage to hunker down for a blow, then get out as much as you can in-between blows to enjoy your surroundings and/or make your move to a new location.  In a way, this balances things out nicely, as life ebbs and flows with activity and rest periods.  We enjoy (& require) both time periods ~ one to socialize and explore nature and the other to chill out and re-charge… and sometimes bake or fix things.  









In the Raggeds, we had a nice time at Maxine’s annual party with a relative crowd of about 20 other boats.  Then it was time to move for protection for an extended cold front.  


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Sometimes we have to move a couple of times to contend with the wind-shifts and down here most boats all end up heading for the same place, since there are only a few islands to hide behind in west winds. 



At least the unsettled weather makes for pretty sunsets and rainbows.







We took the next weather window when it was calm again to travel to Long Island.  By the end of the day there was no wind and the water was like glass.  Arriving just after dark in Salt Pond was no problem thanks to a wide open bay and our excellent Furuno radar.









Our visas were about to expire and we needed an extension, as did a few other boats in the anchorage.  


After a call to Immigration to meet us at the tourist center at noon, we had the all-time fastest Immigration experience ever.  


Good afternoon-stamp-stamp-done!





It’s been nice to be back in civilization with fresh bread and veggies nearby, yoga classes three times a week and endless beaches to walk on.  






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Long Island Petroleum has a rebuilt fuel dock since the destruction of hurricane Joaquin two years ago.










We took a road-trip to visit friends just back from their fishing trip and check out a few scenic sites on the island, including Cape Santa Maria, Clarencetown and the Blue Hole.




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Cape Santa Maria



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Dean’s Blue Hole




Emile, Cameron, their cousin Mark and others are busy building their newest A-class sloop, retiring Rupert’s Legend that raced its last regattas last year.  






It is quite the masterpiece!  This boat gets shaped with a chainsaw from a huge tree that they found for the purpose.  We watched them put the stern on and marveled at how the ribs, keel and stern have been cut by skill and intuition to follow the lines.  








With murky waters and no underwater time, I’ve been content to play with some of my above-water cameras in various modes to enjoy the beauty of this island.


Fisheye mode~ 








Miniature mode~









Spot focus mode~











© M&M 2016