Sunday, February 16, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

The Valentine's party was a huge success!

Cooking conch fritters over the open fire.  They were a hit with everyone waiting for lunch to be served.




All the cruisers in the harbour (about 20 boats) attended along with most of the residents of Ragged Island plus the crew of the mailboat!



Beautiful day for it!









The Ragged Island ladies did all the cooking - it was amazing that they pulled it all together for so many folks!  (the cruisers took donations and I understand over $800 was collected!)



Enjoyed visiting with fellow cruisers.

Michelle and Clark from Roam will be leaving tomorrow to go to Georgetown.  Maybe we'll see them again later in the season.



New friends Dee and Nicholas from South Africa.  They are on the lovely huge Lagoon 62.



And Jeanie and Ted from Southern Star.



After all the eating was accomplished, they did an "auction" to raise money for the new school being built.  All the cruisers brought "Stuff" from their boats that they didn't need anymore.  Both the cruisers and the locals participated in the bidding - but mainly if a local person wanted an item - say a wetsuit - the auctioneer just gave it to them for $5 or whatever they bid.  (It's not like they have Amazon service or a store where they can buy stuff.....so we all enjoyed seeing that they could use the items).  Alot of fun and I understand they raised another $750 via the auction.



A great day!  Sojourn and Roam - optical allusion.....Roam is MUCH bigger!



Ended the day with a trip over to the Lagoon 62 Meshugga for a tour and a couple of drinks.  Beautiful huge boat!!!



That mast looks tall - and it is!!  Over 100 feet tall!!  Obviously wouldn't work in the US Intercoastal.  Lovely folks and a fun visit.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

A semi-lazy day.

Went out for a snorkel.



Just a lot of pretty coral and fish.


Went in to the cruiser hut as usual for sundowners.  Saturday will be the big Valentines Party!!


Dinner was on What If - Cathy made spaghetti and reserved some of the yummy, chunky veggie sauce for me with no meat.  Early night.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

Happy Valentines to you! 

We went for a long dinghy ride and snorkel 5 boats - Roam, Southern Star, Now & Zen, Sojourn  and What If. 

The winds from the east meant a rough-ish ride thru the cut between Hog Cay and Maycock Cay.



But behind the little islets, the water was relatively calm.



Just a lot of fun snorkeling.



And lots of pretty fish!




Thursday, February 13, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

The anchorage is filling in with folks prior to the Valentines party on Saturday.






Alot of the sailors went ashore and raked the beach, cleaned up some vegetation around the hut.



And we had a nice treat for sundowners! 



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

We got a treat - an invite to Michelle and Clark's lovely Nordhaven 55-   Roam - for an ice cream social!!

4 couples were invited - Southern Star and the 3 Mantas.



Our lovely hostess Michelle.  The galley is amazing!!  She has a small dishwasher and full size oven.  And full size fridge.  And small chest freezer too.  (This explains the fact that she had 4 giant tubs of ice cream!!)  And granite countertops.   (I must add at this point that their boat is sortof the opposite of our sailboats where we must keep things light weight.  You'll see on the tour that they have two huge engines and two generators to keep all this stuff running and moving through the water!)




And further amazing stuff is this bathtub.  I haven't seen a bathtub since October!!


Their master suite.  Just lovely.




Up top in the fly bridge - the command center.  It's really far off the water!!







The 3 Mantas in the background.  (Their draft is 6'6" so they have to anchor further from shore.)



Back down to the salon/galley.



Beautiful teak everywhere.


Down in the spotless engine room.  Gotta have lots of power to move 



The gaggle of dinghies and Southern Star in the background.  A lovely treat and great evening!



Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

Not a lot happening - did a good bit of reading....the anchorage is filling in now with boats.  I count 11 now.  There will be more coming in the next few days as the Valentine's Day party approaches. 

Lot's more dinghies on the shore for sundowners!  Too cloudy for a green flash.




 Fun meeting up with some old/new faces.





Dinner was on What If and we called it an early night.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

We had a work day....much water was made, many clothes were washed and hung out to dry.

Went in to the cruiser hut for sundowners - in the morning we were the only three boats in the harbour.  By nightfall there were several more.  




And one of the boats is "Roam" - Clark and Michelle are the former owners of Sojourn (named Double Wide by them).   They upgraded to this Nordhaven 47.  Wow what an upgrade!!  (But they do have to buy lots of diesel....) 



Leslie and Ralph invited the Roam and Southern Star (another Nordhaven) over to join the 3 Mantas for a wonderful dinner and conversation.  We'll see more of them this week.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

Early out to snorkel today.  It will be the last "calm day" snorkel for a while now because medium-to-strong east winds are setting in for about a week.

It was beautiful day - Now & Zen and What If on their dinghies on the way out to snorkeling.





As we got in the deeper water of the cut, it got a little rough for our little dinghies!  No worries.  All was well.





 Had several lovely spots to snorkel.  Here's a cute big "puffer fish" I spied.



After we were all wrinkley and tired from several hours of snorkeling, back to the 3 Mantas.  We're all alone at Hog Cay.  More folks will be joining us soon because the "February 14th Picnic" sponsored by Maxine in Duncan Town is coming up.   (OK, so it'll be held Feb 15th, but who's paying attention!)



Saturday, February 8, 2020

Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, Bahamas

Since it was forecast to be very low winds, the 3 Mantas decided to go to Duncan Town for a visit/grocery shopping,   There's a lovely little channel thru the mangroves to the town dock.




"Flats" bordering the mangroves.







View of the channel from Duncan Town.






Cathy and Ed at the dock.



Nothing much has changed at the dock.  Still a nice home made welcome sign.



Leslie had called Maxine to make sure she was at home so we could shop at her store.   Just staples here.  I needed cooking oil....somehow didn't bring enough with us.  Luckily she had plenty.  Got some limited fresh veggies too.



It was warm in town - we stopped at the only open bar - and got a sorbet.  It was a lovely refreshing flavor - soursop.   Hard to describe - like a cross of mild citrus and melon.




There is a house with pigeons.....like all different kinds of pigeons.  A local guy who I think might be the owner was nearby and let us in the back of the house.  He basically said that  he just collects the pigeons.  There were certainly neat varieties - some with feathers on their feet - others with odd feathers sticking up above their heads.  Smelly though!  (They're not trapped in the house - there are openings so they can come/go.



We took a little walking tour - glad to see that the school is finally being rebuilt after several years since hurricane Irma devastated the island.

Here is the school last time we were here -  all the school children have been moved off the island.


But the government has started from scratch, tearing down the old and building a complete new school.  Hopefully, the town will come back to life when the school children and their families can return.


View of the salt ponds on the ocean side.



Left Duncan Town and took the dinghies to the reef on the north end of Ragged Island.   Lovely coral there.




Saw this big tarpon.  He's maybe 3' long.



Back to Hog Cay - the Three Mantateers!



Duane with the catch of the day - a huge lobster!



Leslie and Ralph visiting us for a chat.



And I bought Rum & Coke this at the bar where we got the sorbet.....I haven't drunk it yet - put it in the fridge for sundowners later.....just had never seen a mixed drink in a can!



Dinner was on What If - lovely sunset but no green flash.