January 22, 2013 by Last Star blog
I’m late…I’m late … out of Alice Town
So we rise somewhat early to get out of Hatchette Bay and Alice Town. Not the best side of Eleuthera; nice harbor, nice place to get a mooring ball….lots of roosters at night crowing? But the compliments end there. As we prepared to depart there was NOT a breath of air. The harbor was created by carving a cut through the stone to connect the lake to the ocean so they could have a safe harbor to support raising livestock (huh?) and the cut is relatively narrow but provides a great safe harbor for 360 degrees. Here’s a shot of us passing though going out into the Bank. Note how you cannot see the horizon or difference between sea and sky.
We were bored so we took pictures of the cats. Folks on the internets love pictures of cats; see imgur if you don’t believe me. Google cats for further confirmation. In order to boost our blog status I’m putting in cats. And these cats love one another….. no really.
So after playing with our mainsail and furling system for an hour–no better place to do this in open water that looks like oil with no wind. You don’t have to worry one bit about headings or where the wind will take you; I was holding the mainsheet and a 60′ high sail in one hand. Well after the hour we needed to get moving so with the engine running we headed south to Governor’s Harbour as we were gliding along out went the rod and lure–mostly the lure, the rod stays on board hopefully. After 20 minutes we had a nice Spanish Mackerel on board. Here’s a photo of him basking in the sun and enjoying his new hammock and dental work.
Here’s a photo of Mickey the mackerel getting a bit of plastic surgery, some nips and tucks as it were. I work here in this well to keep the mess to a minimum. The propane tanks are on the other side and I don’t want fish bets or salt water getting in there. Here I work in a “well” and there is a drain right there for taking away the mess. It was a bit bloody moments before as bleeding a mackerel improves the taste. It is a bit heartless.
Here’s a couple of cool shots of the hyper-still water. It was like 30 feet thick emerald glass all day, you could see the bottom and hue was amazing.
Finally, some still shots of the dolphins from the video. Initially we were taking stills, my waterproof Nikon said “battery exhausted”–really? Exhausted? Damn! Then Patricia grabbed her pink olympus and got these before it died–double damn. Then she went in search of the Panasonic HD Video; thankfully still charged from the boy’s visit–saved the day.
So that was our day getting to Governor’s Harbour. Hope you enjoy, we did.