When we last wrote, we were hiding from a frontal passage near Buenavista Cay in the Jumentos. While there, a single-handed sailor anchored about 5 miles away, fell and broke his wrist. We all listened as others tried to arrange for the Coast Guard to airlift him out of these remote cays. The Coast Guard determined finally that it was not a life-threatening injury and the man had to charter an airplane from George Town, Exuma to fly to Duncan Town while other cruisers helped get him the 20 miles or so to the airstrip. His boat was left behind and nearby sailors will keep the systems running until his return. That may be some time as he needed to fly to the US for surgery on the wrist and it was discovered there was also another broken bone in the arm and some rib breaks as well. Falls and injuries are always a fear for those of us far from medical care.
Concern had been expressed by Miss Maxine that the weather would be too bad for the planned party. But, some cruisers convinced her that Sunday would be fine rather than the initial plans for Sat.
Two cold fronts had come through in just one week and we had been hiding south of Hog Cay for days. Everyone was bored with being trapped aboard due to high winds. Some dinghies had braved the space between boats to play dominoes or farkel but most just stayed aboard and read/watched movies.
A few days ago, we experienced an island tour in a fast boat owned by Phichael of Silvertail Lodge. He picked us up in the afternoon and we flew northward towards Double Breasted Cay, where we dropped in on friends. It was great fun to go that fast past these cays and through shallow areas where we would never venture.
Yesterday, the Impaired Olympics were held here at Hog Cay. We had such events as Kayak Racing ( the paddler was blindfolded and used fins to propel the kayak, guided by his crew ), Conchshoes ( tossing conch shells at a curling-type target ) and Crab racing ( with numbered, captured hermit crabs ). An awards banquet was held after sunset with everyone in attendance.
Sorry for the lack of news but we are having issues aboard. Firstly, the frig. We borrowed a vacuum pump from a cruiser and pumped the system down to remove any condensation in the tubes. The consensus of opinion was that frozen condensation was blocking the orifice and shutting down the system. This seemed to fix the problem and the frig worked for about a week or 10 days. Yesterday, it failed again. Luckily we have a separate freezer to keep our meat etc very cold but the cold drinks aren’t cold right now. So now we are thawing out the cold plate to get the refrig very warm and try the vacuum pump once more.