Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Goodnight Abaco

With the time change making it lighter later, we have been taking walks out to the Sea of Abaco to watch the sunset after dinner. Tonight's was spectacular!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Feeling Smug

The forecast during the past week has been for very high winds today though the weekend. Since time is really growing short for us here, we made the decision to start hauling out our boats before the gale. First it was Jim Ryan's Sunfish and our Daysailer Suja, with extra thanks to Barry and Art. Yesterday we were going to go kayaking, but the wind had already started to pick up, so the guys really went to work. Dandy was hauled, put on its trailer, and is in storage.


Then Jim's skiff was hauled out and 'summerized', before decommissioning his sailboat Pepe too.
 
Even after all that, there was still time to haul out Walkabout, clean its bottom, flush the engine with fresh water, and put it away for the summer. We sure kept PJ and the forklift busy.

This morning our little marina filled up to capacity, as did the anchorage and the Hope Town Marina in anticipation of the coming bad weather. We've never seen so many boats and people here. At 11 AM the wind really kicked in and increased all day. As the wind howls through all the boat masts, we sit here feeling smug, knowing that we beat the weather and the first step towards departure is complete. Let the wind blow...we are ready!

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Topping This Sailing Season

We just discovered that the online article about Dandy that was posted last summer has made it into a hard copy magazine. It is called The Best of Small Boats Monthly, 2017 issue, from the editors of WoodenBoat. Click HERE for the link to buy the magazine.




This is great publicity for all the Abaco dinghies, but I think that we've definitely had more than our fair share of "15 minutes of fame this season!"

Friday, March 17, 2017

Then and Now

Dave seems to be continuing his tradition of winning trophies. Waaaay back, it was for motorcycle riding & it looks like he won two different classes (must be that long hair helped him😉):

Now he goes a lot slower...5 mph, but the trophies are much bigger!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Meanwhile...

While Dave was off beating everyone in the Sunfish races, I was helping an Abaco dinghy that had flipped over before the first race even started. It took four boats, a big bucket, and my electric pump to de-water it. The photos below were taken when the boat was almost bailed out, but at first we had to hold the boat up, because it was so full of seawater that the top edge kept going underwater, sinking it again.


This is the third time I have had to help pump out a dinghy and now that I think about it, it's always the same boat. Interesting!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

On A Roll

The winning streak continues! Today Dave won the Sunfish races. He was actually first in two out of three races.


He was so far ahead in the first race that you could barely see the boats behind him.

He led the pack with his starts especially in this race.

Another first place glass added to the growing collection:

What a sailing season we have had, both for leisure and competition!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

All In A Row

Hope Town recently celebrated their Heritage Day, and many of the Abaco Dinghies were featured.

Some of the boats were sculled with one oar like pirate Goldwin is doing in this photo:

Dave also was there and went sailing in Dandy, later taking some of the event participants for a ride.

When the awards were given to the kids for their essays, they were given a book written all about Winer Malone's Abaco Dinghy boat building. How appropriate!

It's wonderful how much attention these historical dinghies have been receiving lately.