April 18, 2010.
Have stayed in Marsh Harbor for 2 nights and it was time to get going. We sailed out of the anchorage at 1000 in less than 8 knots of breeze. It was a little dicey weaving our way through the other anchored boats with so little breeze but all went well.
Our destination for the day was Hopetown. We’ve never been to Hopetown so we wanted to see it before we start looking for a weather window to cross back to the states. It was only an 8 mile trip but unfortunately the first 4 miles were dead to windward. Rather than start the engine we made several long tacks and traveled about 14 miles for the 8 mile trip.
Savage Son opted to enter the enclosed anchorage at Hopetown to pick up a mooring ball while we dropped the hook just outside the entrance channel. We enjoyed watching a Sunsail charter boat drop the hook while we were eating lunch. They came in, dropped the hook, never bothered to back down on it but then the "captain" loitered at the bow for a full 20 minutes just looking down at the water. I dunno, at least he was trying.
. We were in the lee of the island and with light wind and all was good so we hopped in the dink and headed in to do some exploring.
We did a little mooring field cruise to see who was here
before heading in to shore to meet Bob & Bev at the local watering hole.
After a single round of drinks it was off
to explore town a
bit. The town is very reminiscent of either Green turtle Cay or Spanish Wells in that it was extremely colorful and well kept. A really charming little community.
The biggest attraction was the light house. It’s still illuminated by kerosene that’s hauled by hand to the top of the light house. Even though the sign said “closed” somebody forgot to lock
the door so we had ourselves a private tour. We headed up the winding stairwell to the top of the tower. We slipped past the guts of the light house and out onto the catwalk through a small opening in the wall.
The view of town, the mooring field and
the surrounding area was fantastic. You can see us anchored in the lee of the island outside the entrance to town.