After a restful night’s sleep, we awoke just before eight – just in time to catch the Abaco Cruiser’s Net on VHF channel 68. Among the other things we noted was that Captain Jack’s was having a Bingo Night tonight. Sounds like fun! After the cruiser’s net was over, I took Dalí into town and dropped off our trash at the designated spot (free!). Then I motored over to the Hope Town Inn and Marina to drop off our laundry (not free!). They offer a wash, dry and fold service for not much more than it would cost for us to do it ourselves. This is the first time we’ve done laundry other than with our bucket and plunger in a month. Afterwards, I then dinghied over to the Harbour View Grocery for a few food items.
Once back on board Beatitude, we made water. The O-rings stopped the leak I had from one of the hoses, but I still had to run the watermaker on manual mode. I’m just thankful we can make water! Cindy then made a delicious southern breakfast like the ones I grew up with. Hoecake with sausage gravy and eggs. Mmmmm! It was delicious! We then watched a couple of more lectures on the Holy Land before Cindy pulled out the art supplies so that we could work on our acrylic paintings once again.
Right around four in the afternoon, we took Dalí into town again. We stopped by the Hope Town Inn and Marina to pick up our laundry which was all clean and neatly folded. Wow! They sure do a better job than I do with a bucket and plunger! We then crossed the harbor to Captain Jacks. Although it was only 4:45, and bingo did not start until 6:00, the place was already packed. We luckily found a table for two. We did wifi until bingo started and had some beverages and an appetizer. We ordered dinner just as bingo began. We each played 5 rounds of bingo ($2/card), but did not once triumph. Oh, well! The proceeds went to charity.
The next day, March 10, we hung out on Beatitude for most of the day. We finally got around to putting the Dalí lettering on the starboard side of our dinghy. We cleaned out the storage compartment area of the dinghy and also pumped the water out of that area. People often ask what we do all day on the boat, as if it would be so boring and dull. There is always something to do. If not boat work, then we love having time to read and study and paint and whatever else strikes us at the time. We love to be able to go onto land to explore or to jump in the water to swim, dive, or snorkel. We are never at a loss for something to do.
Around 4 p.m., Summer Breeze II entered Hope Town Harbour. This is significant, because Captain Roy Rogers, our former sailing instructor and mentor was captaining this boat. He was here in the Abacos on a charter with two brothers and their families. After they settled into a marina slip (there were still no moorings available), Roy called us over the VHF for dinner. We met at Captain Jacks for a wonderful reunion. It had probably been over a year since we had last seen Roy. It’s always so good to see him, again. It was three years ago last month that took six days of sailing lessons with him out of St. Petersburg, Florida. At that time, we had not bought a boat, and I had just begun to talk with Cindy about the possibility of selling it all, moving aboard a sailboat and go cruising. Here we are, three years later, on our own boat in the Bahamas. Captain Roy was instrumental in making it all happen.
We enjoyed good food and conversation, and we enjoyed meeting the two families which were aboard Summer Breeze with Roy. After dinner, we gave Captain Roy a ride back to his charter vessel aboard Dalí. We said our good-byes and made tentative plans to meet in the Caribbean next winter. We also hope to see he and his wife, Cathy, this summer as we head up and back down the east coast of the U.S. They now reside in the Washington, DC area. Hopefully, we can make that happen.