Dear Friends and Family,
When we arrived in Cape Santa Maria on June 20th, our friends aboard S/V Jingle were anchored in the anchorage. Knowing we wouldn’t be staying in the area long, we didn’t want to bother with unloading the dinghy from our deck. So once we were anchored and settled, Jimi hailed our friends aboard S/V Jingle about possible dinner plans. Within minutes plans were set in place. They would pick us up (free taxi) and we would all go to shore for happy hour and a nice dinner at the resort. The happy hour cocktail was called Bay Breeze, which is made with rum, coconut rum, and pineapple juice (my new favorite). Jimi and I shared a meal of blackened grouper, rice and vegetables. Eric and Sandrine invited us aboard their boat for after dinner drinks including a free taxi ride back to Sanibel.
The following day we had plans to explore the Christopher Columbus monument, but Sandrine got a migraine headache and had to stay in. Jimi and I enjoyed our day resting up, but again that evening they invited us over for barbecued pork spare ribs. Their food and company is always such a pleasure.
Saturday we left Cape Santa Maria. Sailing together, we were able to get pictures under way of each other’s vessels. We’ve been wanting pictures of Sanibel with her sails up and now we’ve got some! Here is a link to a short 13 second video of Sanibel sailing: . A beautiful day and sail, we arrived in Georgetown late that afternoon.
Georgetown has been fun and again we’ve spent several nights aboard Jingle with Eric and Sandrine. We spent a day on shore doing laundry and shopping together and then ate a light lunch at Peace and Plenty.
The following morning Jingle moved across the harbor to anchor by Stocking Island, be we remained close to town. A few hours later Randy showed up. Remember Randy in S/V Kataboo? We’ve run in to him on at least five islands in the Bahamas over the past six weeks or so. He was headed to the Dominican Republic, but blew out his head sail, so he’s back to get it repaired.
We hooked up with four or five other couples, Eric, Sandrine, Randy and four young kids from England for a potluck and bon fire. Good food, good company and a beautiful view – it doesn’t get much better than that. The kids from England, all 25 years of age, bought a 50 foot boat in Florida a few months ago. They are sailing it to Jamaica. Hey…that’s where we were going to go and these kids are right up our alley. They are on a much stricter budget then we are, so they don’t motor AT ALL. While the thought could have crossed my mind for a split second to turn around and boat buddy with them to Jamaica, Jimi said we’ll continue with our modified plan. The kids left Friday afternoon.