Here is the photo of Dave and the 'Web Bandits' receiving the Founders' Cup from Race Committee Chairman David (I haven't figured out why David and Dave are holding hands though LOL). Although we don't get to actually keep the cup, Sunrise and skipper Dave will be immortalized on its plaque. We do get to keep a first place HTSC glass to add to our growing collection.
Yesterday was the annual Man-O'-War Flea Market to benefit their primary school. Believe it or not, Dave actually rounded up some items to sell there. Yes, that's right, Dave got rid of some things!
We shared a table with some new found friends and sold almost all our items. We have never seen so many people in this normally quiet island as there were on this gorgeous day. Ferries came laoded with people from Marsh Harbour, Guana Cay, and Hope Town so all could buy, sell, and eat the delicious food and baked goods. It was another one of those days that we will remember for a long time.
Today was another race day and Sunrise had a new crew member...ME! With light winds, and sometimes no wind, it was a good time for me to go out and race.
John is my editor for the sailing club's website, so with our sun protective gear we were calling ourselves the web bandits.
We were over the start line early due to another boat being so close and we had no where to go, so we had to do 360 degree turn and start again.
The race was a challenge looking for zephers of wind and some of the boats fell into 'holes' of no wind. For some reason we were in the right place at the right time and sailed right on by them.
We ended up coming over the finish line second, but when the handicaps were tallied we WON! That makes 4 firsts out of the 5 races held this season. As soon as the awards photos are available, I will post them. Meanwhile, many thanks to Will for all the race course images.
Finally photos of Dave sailing Dandy are available! I especially like the one with him in front of the Abaco Rage. The sail is set perfectly, the name boards on the stern stand out nicely, and it is like sailing an antique piece of furniture.
It's hard to believe that a week has gone by since I posted last. It has been a week filled with meetings, luncheons, great visits with friends from both home and here, and lots of sailing. Unfortunately no one has taken any photos of us yet! I hate to say it, but except for a few chilly cold fronts, our weather has been better than normal. I know everyone from up north hates to hear that when they are digging out from two major snowstorms.
We had our annual HTSC men's and ladies luncheons last week. 45 men went to a past commodore's house and sat around eating tons of fantastic food and talked about sailing. Meanwhile 52 ladies went to the Hope Town Lodge and ate beautifully presented salads...isn't that what ladies are supposed to eat? 😉 We had a fun and entertaining scarf demonstration, complete with door prizes, of which I won one! It's a gorgeous 100% silk scarf that the woman organizing the event had acquired while on a trip to China. Just as nice was the credit I was given for all my hard work at the club and on their website, plus the applause when my name was called.
Dave raced Sunfish in light to no wind yesterday. He came in 4th in very challenging conditions trying to get over the finish in the last race.
With the calm conditions there were many spectators watching the action (or lack of action as the afternoon unfolded). One larger boat had brought a grill and coerced one of the skiffs to deliver hot dogs to everyone watching the races and even the competitors. It was really quite memorable. Hot dogs anyone?
I'll try to keep you better posted on our activities, but if you don't see anything new, rest assured we're just out doing the everyday things we enjoy doing.
My fears have come to life with the arrival of Lil' Will the rooster. We named him that because our friend Will (who takes all those great cruising boat race photos) imitates him perfectly. During the holidays, Gertrude the hen disappeared. I was really hoping that she was nesting and would return with some chicks, but we never saw her again. That means she was probably someone's Christmas dinner, since she was so friendly and easily caught. About a week or so ago, I saw a chicken from my balcony and thought she was back and threw down some cereal, only to have the bird start crowing! Bad idea. Now he comes around and calls out for food, which I don't give him. Twice now he has come up on our porch and looked in the door.
I have a spray bottle of water that I chase him down the stairs with to discourage the climb up. Funny thing is that I think he may like it. Another bad idea I think.
At least he waits until about 9 AM to start coming around and stays with his buddies up at the lighthouse next door in the early morning hours. I love hearing them, but only in the distance!
Today Dave raced in the Sunfish races and did quite well. In fact in the final race of the three race series he actually came in first, which is quite a feat with all the fantastic sailors out there. Overall he came in 4th out of 12 boats, but he only missed out on 3rd place by one point. Dave is #2571 and his competitiveness keeps him in the center of the action...when he isn't out front!
Now it's time to take a break from racing, but we'll still be out there sailing in Dandy and Suja the daysailer. Hopefully someone will email us photos, since we are pretty impressive looking...or at least I think we are!