Backing up a few days before we said goodbye to Free Spirit... John spotted a big Fortress anchor on the bottom near them (not attached to another boat!) and because boys will be boys, he and Skip decided to dive for it, haul it up into our dinghy and check it out. It had clearly been there for a while and was covered in barnacles. We took it to the beach and scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed it.
|"Hey, let's haul up this big crusty anchor and load it into the dinghy!"|
|Pleeeeaaaasssee.... throw the ball!!"|
|Lovely day at Jolly Beach|
|So long Free Spirit!|
|Tern - headed for the Azores|
|Seems John & Angela have a pot of gold aboard Galadrial.|
|Sorry it took us so long to clean you John H...|
|One more patch... for now|
|Saralane stays clear of the beautiful squall that spent a day stalled over the west side of Barbuda|
|I stay clear of it too|
After almost a week in Barbuda, we can't put off our departure any longer. We head back to Antigua and get ready to haul out.
|Gulls fly by as we leave for Antigua|
Last year we stayed in a rented villa while we hauled out and it made the whole turn-the-boat-inside-out thing much easier to manage, so we decided to do the same this year. I've gotten so bad about taking photos that I have zero pictures of the villa, which was fantastic. It had a private dock where we tied up Saralane for a few days before being lifted, so when we finished each day's dirty work of decommissioning the boat, we could simply walk away from the mess for the night. Nice.
|Danny lifts Saralane|
|Mario asks if we want the bottom pressure washed. Yes please, though it looks pretty clean|
|Boat turned inside-out|
|A newly clean and patched John H, neatly tucked away and tied down on deck|
|Sails and canvas off, outboard covered...|
Meanwhile, I picked up the camera long enough to shoot this brief Barbuda video, which will have to tide us over until we return.