Hope Town to Marsh Harbor and Home to PA

Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

We felt quite sad to be leaving Hope Town on the 6th. We waited until 2 hrs before high tide before we dropped the mooring ball and made our way out of the well marked channel and turned left along the shore and then right,once we were behind the lighthouse, toward Marsh Harbour. We let the headsail go and had a nice sail in about 15-20 knts of course it was on the nose but we were in no hurry and were content to tack our way toward our destination.

It was an uneventful trip, we headed toward the marina and were met by the dockmistress and made an almost perfect docking. It is always a bit stressful when you enter an unknown dock with no lines ashore and the wind blowing up so we are happy to have help which is usually most expert. The slip was a bit long for our boat so we fiddled with our lines for quite a while as the wind was wanting to bang us on the dock. By the time we were happy with our set-up it was clear that we would not be able to use the ladder on the dock and there would be some extreme sports getting on and off the boat. We checked in at the marina office and then met up with our friends Jim and Bob commonly referred to by their boat's name - Jingles. We had drinks and dinner with our friends and they returned the next day to collect food from our freezer as we planned to turn it off while we are away.

We spent Saturday cleaning and were stowing some items from the deck below in the cabin, the boat belowdecks was a mess by the time we finished all our hard work! The folks living aboard a boat next door said they would very kindly keep an eye on Rafiki. We had a lovely dinner at the marina as a reward for our busy day. Next morning we were nearly fooled by the advance of clocks overnight. Dave set the alarm on his Blackberry and when he got up he thought he had made a mistake because the cabin clock said 4am and the Blackberry showed 5am. A quick call to a taxi on the VHF confirmed the time and we arranged for a lift to the airport.

The reason for our return to Philadelphia was to greet our first grandchild on his arrival, he was due to be induced on Monday. On the Saturday we heard from our son that labor had started spontaneously and we kept in touch by text when we could as we travelled home. As soon as we got home we changed and ate and went to the hospital and were there for another 6 hours before Daniel George Hall arrived at 2:15 am on Monday 3/9/09. He weighed 8lbs 2oz. Mom and baby did well and were soon home and I have had a wonderful time with my son, his wife and new baby, helping where I could. Grandpa has been working hard and travelling so has missed out a bit. We will miss the little chap as we head off to continue our trip.
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