Spanish Wells, Eleuthera for repairs   1 comment

Long, long ago, on a planet far, far away, we arrived in Spanish Wells.  We have been here since January 9 and both of us are prepared to depart for someplace different.  Don’t get us wrong, Spanish Wells is not a bad place to be but after 16 days, the locals are starting to be on a first-name basis. 

View from the masthead

View from the masthead

We have been here so long for repairs resulting from the “wind event” in Rock Sound.  Terri has repaired our bimini and connecting piece.  She did a great job replacing almost all of the blown off zippers and stitching here and there and it looks a bit like a quilt, but it is functional and keeps the rain and wind off of us.  Our jib sail has also been repaired by Spanish Wells Canvas.  They did a super repair job, at a decent price, and on time.  And lastly,

pretty beaches

pretty beaches

our wind transducer finally arrived and Bill went up the mast yesterday to install it.  It was a bit windy when he ascended the mast so he needed a bit of rum to calm his nerves when he came down. 

Terri on the beach

Terri on the beach

So, what else have we been doing for the past two weeks?  Well, we have definitely explored

Terri biking thru Spanish Wells

Terri biking thru Spanish Wells

Spanish Wells.  We have been on several walkabouts and rode our bikes throughout the island.  Spanish Wells dates back to the 17th century when the Eleutheran Adventurers left England, wrecked their boat on the Devil’s Backbone reef, looking for religious freedom.  They found it and became very prosperous.  Spanish Wells is famous for its fishing fleets, which supplies well over half of the Bahamas’

pretty painted houses

pretty painted houses

commercial crop of lobster, conch, and fish.  We have also met

Bill biking the streets

Bill biking the streets

almost everyone on the island as everyone says hello and is very friendly.  The individuals at R&B Marine, where our wind transducer was ordered from, will probably be glad when we depart as we were constantly checking with them for our part arrival.

At Budda's restaurant

At Budda’s restaurant

With us being here so long, several boats which we’ve met in the Abacos have come and already departed further south.  Mark and Joelle, from S/V Daruma, have caught us.  Mark and Joelle are from Annapolis, MD, and we have known them for years from our sailing club days on the Chesapeake Bay.  This is their second winter in the Bahamas and may be with us for a while in

Spanish Wells' sunset

Spanish Wells’ sunset

our trek to the Exumas.   

We are so glad to have our wind transducer working.  While everyone on the north-east coast

51.6 knots

51.6 knots

is digging out from heavy snow, we had a strong cold front come through with high winds and heavy rain all day Friday.  Just before the cold front arrived, we were greeted by a weird rainbow overhead.  We had high winds for almost 36 hours and our highest winds clocked over 51 knots of wind (almost 60 mph)….enough with this bad weather.  We woke this morning with 63* weather, it is not supposed to be cold in the Bahamas.  Everyone this morning is bundled

a weird rainbow above our mast

a weird rainbow above our mast

up with the locals dressed in winter parkas.  But the winds are starting to subside, the sun is out, and it is forecasted to be back in the mid to high 70s tomorrow. 

With a favorable forecast, we plan to depart Spanish Wells tomorrow and head back to Rock

A pretty sunset

A pretty sunset

Sound, Eleuthera, where we will anchor for the night.  We then plan to cross over to Black Point in the Exumas on Tuesday and spend some time in the Exumas.  So until our next update…..

Bill and Terri   

Posted January 24, 2016 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

One response to “Spanish Wells, Eleuthera for repairs

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  1. Keeping track o you two. You missed snowarmageddonapocolypse.

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