Wed. Jul 13th, 2005
Day 7: Marina Cay -> Trellis Bay -> See Emily Play
Woke up at Marina Cay and noticed the boat that had been having so much trouble
We studied a bit and had breakfast. Our plan today was to hit Trellis for ice
and supplies, check out the shops there, and then head out and find a good place
to anchor for the night, as winds would be getting stronger from the passing of
Emily. We wouldn't be getting the storm itself, but the edges would create some
stormy weather as they go by.
Motoring over from Marina Cay we noticed that it had gotten rather gusty and
the choppy in the channel was pretty bad. We snagged a mooring ball and got
settled then took the dinghy ashore. The power was out and apparently had been
for 90 mins. Aragorns studio was a bit dim inside and stuffy in the heat but
Liz wanted to see if Aragorns wife had brought over any new chic Italian fashions
recently and I wanted to check out the sarongs. Since Liz had been wearing them
most of the week I'd seen how comfortable they were and I was dying for a few
of my own. Len was checking out all the artsy craftsy stuff, and the Tshirts as
well. Jim said he'd meet us at the market when we were done. Can't miss it,
its the one with the bright pink roof.
With the power but none of the registers worked anywhere so it was pocket
calculators and scrabbling to find change. The internet cafe was a bit of a bust
at that point as well.
Sent email to Adri to let her know that Jim was
watching the reports and there was only a 10% chance it would change course and
come near us. While I was there I checked to see why the mail Jim and sent me
had bounced, and yes, DSLx had again crapped out on me. From what I could
gather, it had been down for several days and she's been spending most of her
days at the house trying to explain to the support tech that THEY had the
vpc/atm problem and it had nothing to do with my modem. Let her know we were
fine and going to stay that way and asked her to pass the info on to anyone who
When we got back to the boat and looked at the channel it had become all large
whitecaps. It appeared Emily was going to be by a little earlier than expected.
Jim didn't want to rely on a mooring so we moved closer towards shore and set
anchor. It was decided we'd have lunch at Trellis and see if the squalls and
chop got any better. Liz had made a great fish stew from the last bits of the
fish. After lunch we took a vote, and it didn't appear the channel was looking
all that much better, so we voted to stay put at Trellis. We weren't the only
ones as both Trellis bay and Marina Cay were looking more and more crowded by
the minute. There were quite a few sea turtles swimming around there, so
maybe even they were coming in for the storm.
Jim figured if we were staying the night we'd best find a better anchorage so we
moved, yet again, and set anchor a 3rd time. The many-changes-of anchor/mooring
became something of a joke for the rest of the charter, but Len was certainly a pro
at lowering and raising anchor and grabbing moorings by the the end of the trip.
It seemed a good day to go over the boat systems and think about the second test
as were weren't going to be doing much sailing.
So we spent time below deck looking at breakers and engines and water systems,
checking oil and filters. We were getting some intermittent squalls so staying
put seemed a wise decision. But by late afternoon the squalls had died down, the
gusts were fewer and the white caps had been reduced to about half the number.
Jim and Liz took us for a walk around the beach and to Sprat Point.
We found a fossilized looking conch shell and a flesh coloured finger coral that was
kinda cool looking. Jim decided to wait on this side of the point and we went around
to the channel side where it was much gustier. The water was splashing up onto the
shore with a bit more force on this side. Found some interesting shells, coral bits
and a snail-encrusted bit of driftwood. Not quite certain what the attraction for the
snails was, aside from maybe getting out of the surf zone. It was a tad too wet and
windy to get very far on that side so we headed back fairly soon. Once we got back
to the sheltered areas it was quite warm so we flopped into the water there and cooled
off. Jim went ahead to get the dinghy and we'd jokingly mentioned cold drinks would
be great, and nice guy that he is he'd actually started putting stuff together to
bring them over. However we got cooled down and ended up going back to the boat
We made dinner reservations for 6:30 at Da Loose Mongoose on our way back for cocktail
hour and to get cleaned up. Not that there was much cleanup needed, since most of
these places are quite casual. You have to love the fact all these places have small
water boxes built by the front door for washing the sand off your feet before you
Da Loose Mongoose actually had screens on the veranda porch, and I think it was the
only one we saw that did. The inside is long picnic tables scrunched close together.
We were on the very end of one of the front tables which I thought was great as I got
a nice breeze being so close to the outside. Our drinks came quite quickly.
The special was lobster and apparently it has to be ordered when you make dinner
reservations. They probably should have written that info on the chalkboard so I'd
have known to do that when we made reservations, since I saw the lobster advertised
and was really interested in it. Luckily they had enough that they could still do one
up, but it was going to take a bit longer. (What I didn't know is that it would take close
to an hour longer). It had just started getting dark when the rain started.
And then started coming down rather hard. And then the wind picked up.
And once the wind started blowing the rain into the nice little corner, I found it wasn't
as nice as I'd thought.
The nice people from Texas on the other side of the table scooted down so I could sit on
the drier side.
As 8pm approached and still no food we began to get a bit worried about making Jim wait
the entire time we tried to bolt down our food. At last my fish soup showed up. (
Good, but not as good as Liz's). And then the power went out, and we lit little candles
on the table. It was a very nice tropical romantic aura. And then it began to RAIN!
And RAIN doesn't begin to describe it. There was thunder, there were gusts of wind that
felt like there were going to uproot trees. And when you thought it couldn't get any
worse, there was what I can only call a white out, only not snow, but just from the heavy
rain. You couldn't see the mast lights on the anchored boats, not anyone that had been on
the dock. The dinghys were filling and nearly under water. It was exciting and a little
frightening all at the same time when you think about it just being rain and wind. It
would let up for a few mins, and then come down again. It sounded like hail. One of
the let ups seem like a good time to visit "Da Loos". This was turning into a group effort
as there weren't any candles out there, (this was the last time I went to dinner without a
flashlight, BTW) so it was easier to go in bunches. Of course as
the day hadn't been very rainy I decided to wear my pretty satin slippers to dinner
instead of my heavy leather sperrys. Ended up having to carry them around and go barefoot.
Thank goodness that whole barefoot thing isn't a problem here. The lets ups were also the
signal for groups of people to run out to the dock and bail the dinghys to get them above
On one of the breaks Len and party popped out for their turn, and were caught as the next
downpour started. After waiting there a few minutes someone from the back showed them
the back way in thru the kitchen so they didn't have to get so soaked. The wind just kept
blowing and you'd hear things crashing in the dark.
Luckily the storm being so fierce it gave us a little extra time to eat before being picked
up. But I never realized how hard it is to eat a whole lobster in the half shell, without
my glasses, in the dark. I kept borrowing the candle and nearly dripping wax on my food
trying to get enough light to see what I was picking at. I got much of it, and what I ate
was really good.
We finally finished and were waiting for the check when Jim came to pick us up. When he
came in he was actually wearing rain gear. He walked us around the back way to the dock
further down the beach and closer to the Golden Crown. Apparently the storm had been just
as violent to the boats at anchor and he and Liz had spent it heeled over about 30 degrees
and bouncing up and down like there was no tomorrow. There was about 6 inches of water in
the dinghy but it was still afloat.
Another small squall came thru after we were back on board and filled up the bimini (rhymes
with Jiminy) almost instantly. When it over flows it dumps directly down the
companion way, even with the hatchcover pulled closed. Jim had to run up and find the front
cover to really close it up. Once we had it all mopped up we set off to bed. Over the
next few days we learned lots about hurricane "Banded" storms. Like forget getting more than
an hours sleep before waking up to shut the hatches. And since below gets really stuffy
in about ten minutes, you stay awake the 15 mins it takes the storm to pass to open them
as soon as its over.