Thursday, February 19, was spent exclusively aboard Beatitude. There were 25-30 knot winds blowing out of the northeast for the entire day. We heard calls over the radio in the morning of boats drifting and needing assistance. The waters on the Exuma Bank were white-capped and choppy. To attempt to go anywhere in the dinghy would’ve entailed a wet ride. So… we just decided to hang out on our floating home. We made water, prayed, read Shakespeare, played games, played and sang with the ukulele, watched movies, read books and magazines, did some laundry, ate three good meals, and did just about whatever else struck our fancy.
On Friday, the winds calmed slightly for the day, enabling us to dinghy back into Staniel Cay. We took Dalí over around 11 a.m., bought some more wifi service at $10/100mb, posted another blog and had lunch. Cindy had a great club sandwich, while I enjoyed a delicious blackened mani at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. I carried a couple of jerry cans over to the fuel dock for some regular gasoline for Dalí. While Cindy continued to use her wifi (mine was quickly used up by uploading pictures for the blog), I thought I’d try the third of the three grocery stores at Staniel Cay, Blue Wing Groceries. I can’t say that there was any great difference between the three. Each had a limited variety and quantity of food items, but they were adequate. Our dinghy ride back over pretty much drenched me. The wind and waves were at just the right angle to cover me with spray and splash. It is usually Cindy, siting at the bow, who gets wet. Today, it was my turn.
Saturday turned out to be another very windy, albeit much warmer and sunnier day than the day before. The temperatures climbed to around 76°, but the winds returned to the mid-20s. We thought we would take a dinghy ride over to the yacht club for wifi and lunch again. But by the time we had reached the half-way point, I was soaked to the core. The wind driven waves were coming over the side of Dalí in bucketfuls. At that point, we waved the white flag of surrender and returned to Beatitude for another boat day. Our boat days have actually been quite pleasant – filled with reading, painting, music and movies. We’ve enjoyed a little Jane Austen movie marathon over the last couple of days. So far we’ve watched Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. Jane Austen was brilliant.
Saturday night marks our ninth straight night at anchor. That is, by far, a record. I believe we had stayed out at anchor previously for, at most, four nights consecutively. We will likely stay around Staniel Cay for another day or two, and then begin to inch our way northward through the Exumas. Within ten to fourteen days, we plan to be back in the Abacos. I can’t begin to describe the beauty of the water in the Exumas, or for that matter, the Bahamas in general. My mouth is agape and my soul is awed by God’s created grandeur. Magnificent!