|Prickly Bay from Lance Aux Epines Beach|
My Mum and Dad arrived last Tuesday. Although they are staying at the lovely Lance Aux Epines cottages on the beach at
, we took them out for
a sail and a spot of fishing over the weekend.
Sadly we did not catch anything as we trolled the line back and
forth. The winds were light but we had
decided only to use the headsail and engine as the protective sun bimini needs
to come down in order for the mainsheet to be attached to the main. A feature we don’t like but there you
go. We wanted sun protection for Ma and Prickly
Bay Pa. We trolled the line back and forth, then two
miles north of St Georges – as squalls and clouds gathered around us, the
engine decides to die and we get air in the system. The way it is set up at the moment it is not
an easy fix at sea. Because of an odd on
shore breeze we quickly hosted the mainsail and then coasted along at 2kts with
the current, hoping to make it into St Georges before the tides changed and the
wind pushed us the wrong way. We
anchored for the 2nd time this year very successfully under
sail. Sim went about changing fuel filters
and bleeding the system. All was well
again. We had a BBQ that night and hoped
to glimpse the partial eclipse of the moon.
Sadly it was too discrete to see.
What we did get to witness was a moon bow – like a rainbow only the
light is from the beaming full moon rather than the sun. Unfortunately no photos but it was pretty cool.
|Mum and Dad being taken for a ride|
The next day we moved up to the snorkel park at Molliniere Point. Here Dad and I snorkeled on the underwater sculptures that encourage marine growth. We didn’t stay for long as a big squall came in. The sky clouded over and the calm seas turned into breaking waves. Wandering Star was pitching on her mooring, we were keen to get underway as these mooring buoys are notorious for breaking free. We were only a couple of hundred feet away from a rocky shore.
Now we are safely back in Prickly Bay on a (maintained) mooring that someone has very kindly let us use while we try to figure out how out how to repair a bleed nipple that we (I) broke off the steering gear while we were bleeding the system! Ooops
|The calm before the storm|
|Sunday Burger day at Lance Aux Epines cottages|
|Lance Aux Epines Beach|
|St Georges anchorage|