N24 11.050 W76 27,.583 BIG MAJOR

Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April 20, 2009 - Big Major Anchorage off Staniel Cay
N24 11.050  W76 27,.583
Well, we finally pulled anchor and let our "homestead" of Black Point go.  It was hard to leave that island and the friends we made while there.  We were only there four days including day of arrival and day of departure yet it felt like we'd been there for weeks!
We love the lack of pretension on this island.  The people on the island are so friendly and they are working very hard to make their settlement an important stop for cruisers on their way down and back from Georgetown.  Lorraine Rolle proprietor of Lorraine's has done an outstanding job of meeting the cruisers needs for internet services and her food is superb, her baby is adorable and she is really, really a sweetheart!    The Rockside Laundry speaks for itself!  Everyone said that they hoped we would come back and spread the word around.  There wasn't one person on that island that didn't make us feel welcomed.
Looking over the stern of the boat as we were leaving, I counted at least six new boats at anchor from yesterday.    More and more cruisers will stop as word gets out about Black Point.  They will come ashore, shop Adderleys, eat at Lorraines and DeShaMon, buy fruits and veggies at the stand and pick up breads, pies and other sweets and do their laundry at Rockside.  All of that is good.  Everyone can make some money off the cruisers.  It is good for the island and it is what they are looking for.  We are just glad we got to see it now.....I think in a few years it will be different.
As we left the Black Point area we could see a small freighter towing two Class A and one Class C sloop heading to the Family Island Regatta in Georgetown.
Now we're gently rocking at anchor at Big Major.  On the Staniel blog there is a picture of a boat sitting on the rocks.  That's the other side of Big Major.  We're on the beach side.  There are about 20 boats in here and the sea gulls are squawking overhead.  The breeze is cool in about 10-15 kts.  The temps have been great down here - as long as there is a breeze it's actually cool and you need a shirt.   The wind generator is humming away meeting our energy needs.  As long as the winds are 15-20, we're cranking out the juice.  Winds 5-10 we're not doing much!  Guess that's why they say wind and solar combined - one or the other alone won't cut it.

This is us a stop over on our way to a hidey hole.

Life is Good!
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