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Sailing to Freeport was a two day trip. I had both days off, enjoying them laying on cushions on the sky deck soaking in the sun. I woke up the first day and turned on my light, only to have it go out within a couple of minutes. I walked down the dark hallway assuming we were switching generators. I could immediately sense that something wasn't right, and then began to notice the boat was slowing down. Sure enough, the fire alarm started going off ...
... a conga line around the room with 5 staff members pouring shots into your mouth when you passed them - crazy!!! We explored more beaches and found some rock pools to play in fished heaps and been to many restaurants. I was even brave enough to try the Bahamas traditional food 'Conch' it's a crustacean eaten fresh with diced tomatoes and peppers. It was made fresh in front of us - pulled out of the shell, chopped and seasoned! It was nice however I couldn't bring myself to eat ...
... SB ready for the return passage.
22/4 A day of rain and thunderstorms, yes they do have them (not very often)
we sorted out a new crew member Stan from Austria is flying over on wed 24th
We took the side spray dodgers off to a sailmaker to be repaired, they should be ready tomorrow night. And traveled around town to get a crew agreement notaried for Stan.
Wind is now set against us for a few more days, so we are possibly stuck in ...
... dinghy, even if it means a short swim to shore. Ankle deep is over her head, so she gets wetter than the rest of us. I guess she figures it is better than waiting for everybody in the dry dinghy, while we have fun in town.
As the photos show, there are simply beautiful scenes almost anywhere you look.
If you are looking on a map, we moved Esprit de Mer from the secure, sheltered harbor to ...
... an hour of diagnostics with no clear picture as to what was wrong with the
engine... Ruth asked: “are we out of gas?”. The answer turned out to be “yes”!
Thankfully we store an extra 15 gallons of fuel in Jerry-cans on deck, so we could get the engine going again for the emergency re-anchoring that was to come (documented in the video).