Monday, April 21, 2008

Old and New Friends at Marsh Harbor

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We arrived in Marsh Harbor to find many boats we recognized from our trip South. Many people stay in the Abacos, the Northwest Bahamas, for the entire season, preferring the readily available provisioning and restaurants, and what appears to be a very active social life. We do not regret going South but see the merits of hanging here. But, the cold fronts are more frequent, and brutal.

We ran into Sojourner, who we first met in Lake Worth as we were planning to cross over to the Bahamas. Rick and Linda are great about getting folks together, and they throw one heck of a party. Here we met Claire and Paul who are on an Island Packet and Tom and Carmen, who had just arrived to spend some time. Carmen is a new chiropractor, and new to boating, and it appears, new to Tom. A good group with lots of laughs.

We spent a few days and then connected again with Celebrian at Baker's Bay on Guana as we staged to "round the Whale", which has been in rage conditions for several days. A rage occurs where the Sea of Abaco meets the Atlantic, and may or may not be associated with strong local winds. Although it was dead calm the day before, breakers and large rollers coming from Lord knows where made the passage not passable. So we wait.

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