Day 37 - 40 - This is It!

Trip Start Oct 05, 2007
Trip End Feb 01, 2008

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Friday, December 21, 2007

The stopover in Green Turtle Cay turned out to be 3 nights or 2 1/2 days.  Sunday, the winds were indeed very heavy and the waves increased and we were all glad we stayed in port.  We gathered on the porch of the restaurant for a ripsnorting game of Nautical Trivia which Paloma won by the slimmest of margins.  After lunch, the group dispersed for naps and various other activities.  Later in the afternoon a game of Jenga broke out.  Kelsey, Mary and Cynthia built a tower of 29 levels before it collapsed.  Monday we left Green Turtle on a rising tide and successfully negotiated the channel arriving at Grand Guana Cay where we picked up mooring balls then headed into the beach at Grabbers Bar and Grill for a drink before going to the main event - the end of the voyage party at Nippers Bar and Grill.  Unfortunately, Grabbers was closed so we went straight to Nippers.  We inbibed in the special drink - a Nipper - danced, frolicked on the beach and had an all around good time.  We were all fortunate to find our ways back to our boats, where we crashed at 8pm.  Tuesday was a late rising morning and when we did, most of us dingied over to the beach at Grabbers, which was open this time, sat on the beach, sampled the special drink - a Grabber, which tasted amazingly like a Nipper - had lunch and then went back to the boats to prepare for the race to the finish.  Yes, we raced to Marsh Harbor, starting with a start off the mooring balls (no motors).  The race was handicapped, Paloma - a 39 ft. boat - was given a shorter distance while Over the Edge - a 49 ft. boat - was given a longer distance.  Pamonetti and White Wave - 46 ft and 47 ft respectively, were given the same distance to go.  The battle was between Pamonetti and White Wave, we tacked back and forth but could not pass Pamonetti - Capt. Ed covered all our moves. s/v Paloma won that contest too followed very closely by Over the Edge, Pamonetti and White Wave proving that size does not matter.

We arrived in Marsh Harbor in the early afternoon where we were greeted by s/v Split Decision and Elaine and Dave Aulenbach who had just finished their charter. The next day we said goodbye to Mary and Gerry Hunter and our fearless leaders, Sue and Garth Hichens marking the end of the BOLD Adventure.

 Kelsey and I returned home on the 20th to celebrate the holidays, we plan to return to Marsh Harbor on January 3rd.  Don and Gerry Huth remained on the boat for the holidays.  We will cruise the Abacos during the month of January.  Mary and Gerry Hunter of s/v Paloma will return to the Bahamas in January and also plan to cruise the islands.  Dave and Myrna Gibson of s/v Paloma will remain in Marsh Harbor until December 28th when they return to Annapolis.  They plan to return to the Bahamas in March with the Hunters to bring Paloma home.  Pam and Ed Jenkins of s/v Pamonetti plan to sail around the Bahama for a while then press on to the Caribbean before starting north.  The decision about whether we will be bringing White Wave back or hiring a Captain to do so remains up in the air.  So, this is it - the end of our journey.   I hope you have enjoyed our travels and adventures.  It was truly an adventure!  We saw many new things, had many new experiences and made many new friends.  We will treasure all!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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