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Clarencetown to Provo

CLARENCETOWN, LONG ISLAND
5/9/2012 – 5/11/2012

Wednesday – Left Rum Cay and headed to Clarencetown on Long Island.
I know. Why go back to Long Island. But if you look at a map it makes sense.

So we anchored in the bay, dropped the dink and headed over to the “Flying Fish Marina”.
At last. A real marina with gas and everything.
Even a little restaurant deck overlooking the water. We had dinner there.

Thursday – Walked into town. Not a soul around.
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There was a really interesting house overlooking the water.
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The “Rowdy Boys Bar & Grill”.
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And one of Father Jerome's churches. He was an anglican priest, trained as an architect, that rebuilt hurricane damaged churches on Cat and Long Island. This is the only example that we saw, of his work. As you can see, quite striking.
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CLARENCETOWN, LONG IS. to CROOKED and ACKLINS ISLANDS

Fri. left for Crooked Island.
Since fuel will be scarce, we needed topped off our tank but had to wait about an hour for a yacht to fuel so we didn't leave till about 11:00 am.

We had low winds and the sea was very calm so we had to motor all the way.
It's nice and peaceful but we hate to have to burn fuel, even though we only burn about 1.25 gal. Per hour at 5 knots.

Sometimes out at sea like that, when it's so flat and calm, you almost feel like you're crossing a desert. You look around and see nothing but ocean all around you. It can freak you out a bit when you realize that you've got 4,000 – 6,000 feet of water under you. It feels like you're alone but you're not.

We were about halfway to Crooked Island when Penny spotted a big dorsal fin sticking out of the water. Right in front of the boat.
It was a whale.
I dashed into the cabin to grab the camera and ran up to the bow.
It surfaced again, I could hear it breath, turned for the boat and swam directly under us.
That's when I could clearly see the distinctive, black and white markings of a Killer Whale.
We couldn't believe our eyes.
A Killer Whale out here.
It surfaced again, behind us now, and swam off.
We were stunned.
Then I realized.....we were motoring and I never thought to stop.
We could have stopped the boat and maybe seen more but we were too shocked to even think of that.
Was really cool.
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Overnighted at Landrail Point, Crooked Island in a small bay.
Woke up to 15 kt. Wind out of the East so had to motor over to the East end of Acklins Island to a small cove. Nothing here so we'll leave in the morning for Mayaquana. It will be nice to get on land and provision there.

MAYAQUANA
5/14/2012 - Monday

On the South West end of Mayaquana sits a bay about 1 x 5 miles long sheltered by reef on 2 side. One can only enter on the West end. But you need to motor to the other end to get out of the wind and close to the town dock. All the time watching out for scattered coral heads.

We anchored in as close we dare and dinghy'd ashore. The water is very shallow approaching the dock. At low tide it's a mud flat, but there is a narrows sand channel to get in, if you can find it.
It's about a 10 minute walk into town. And this place kinda even looked like a town. A deserted town.
We managed to find Reggie who runs a restaurant, bar and small store. He told us where we could get a bottle of rum and fixed us a couple of whopper sized fish sandwiches. All in all a good afternoon after a day of motoring into the wind.

When we got back to the dinghy the tide was out so we had to row a bit till we could drop the motor. Heart of Gold however was bumping bottom when we got back so we had to move her. That took some convincing, bumping bottom, dodging sand bars and inching our way towards deeper water.

We went back to town a couple of other times, mostly to try to find internet connections, and to check out of the Bahamas. The shallow water is getting to be a real pain. Our plan is to leave for the East end of the island Thursday morning. Anchor, get a few hours of sleep and leave for Turks & Caicos around 4:00a.m. Friday morning. But when we got to the East end the anchorage was unacceptable so we decided to just keep going.

Friday, 5/18/2001.. 2:00a.m
Pulled up to a big wide sandy beach on the West end of Providenciales, Caicos Islands. (Provo), and dropped the hook and caught a few ZZZZ”s.

Friday afternoon checked into the Turtle Cove Marina. Reportedly the closest thing to an American marina in the Caribbean. Well except they haven't built the buildings yet. But the slips are good. And there are bars, restaurants, fishing boats and a dive shop close by.

We spend our days biking to the IGA grocery store. What a treat that is. A real grocery store. Haven't seen one in weeks. Or biking over to the resort area beaches and snorkeling.
Beer and liquor is expensive here. Even the local beer is $12 a six pack.

Wednesday May 23
Did an afternoon dive off the beach at Provo.
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Wow I did not see the sea turtle that was amazing. Very strange seeing seeing a killer whale that far south. All our prayers
Gordon and Rose

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