May 27, 2010
Little Woody was great and we highly recommend him. He had great stories of the disasters on the reef (good for business) and celebrities that use his service (good for business). And he brought us a carrot cake and 6 johnny cakes that his wife makes (great for business)! The passage was uneventful and I stored the track on my chartplotter. Comparing it to the recommended path on my Navionics chip, it is almost identical with a few deviations during which he moved to make room for big ships bearing down the path.
We pulled up to Valentine’s Marina, a center of social activity, and filled our tanks with wonderful tasting reverse osmosis or R/O water and washed down the boat for $25. Good deal, trust me. Some places charge 50 cents a gallon over here. We anchored right off the marina’s South end and went into town.
Have you heard of Harbour Island? Maybe in a glossy magazine?
Check out this review in the New York Times if you haven’t.
Well, we had dinner at Valentine’s restaurant, which was lovely. We met this young guy, Tony, who is a first mate on one of the many luxury mega yachts here. He’s a great guy. His boss has a golf cart – everyone drives golf carts here, many tricked out, his with flame paint job – that we took to the pink sand beach.
Galit had to fly out the next day to work; she took the water taxi across the harbour to a land taxi to the airport. I’m her solo again and that’s why the blog is getting updated. Besides that, I’ve read 4 novels in 3 days and have hit the town’s nightlife a couple of nights for some late night drinking with Tony and others that I’ve met. Saw Uma Thurman and just as I was thinking I was getting too tan (another story – impossible to avoid sun when you are on a boat for months) I look over my shoulder and see George Hamilton. Yep! I thought I bet he hate being known for that. He looked good.
When Galit gets back, we will reprovision with food and drink and make our way for the Abacos, the Northern most islands in the Bahamas.