The Green Flash

Hello everyone,

Greetings from Exuma Sound, where we are on our way to George Town, Great Exuma. Our first guests left yesterday in Staniel Cay. As there was a front expected, we up-anchored quickly and sailed on south, reaching Cave Cay before sunset. Then, hauled anchor again early this morning to make George Town before the bad weather hits. It should blow hard for a couple of days and then calm down some so that we can get ready for Jeremy, Cynthia and Matthew, who join us in George Town on March 3rd.

While our guests, Linley McLean & Andrew Jones, were aboard we sailed north to Compass Cay, snorkeled some reefs, saw sharks, sailed back south to Black Point, saw iguanas and enjoyed some quiet times aboard as well as a dinner out. But, they were also privileged to see the elusive “green flash” one evening. When the sun sets into a clear, unobstructed ocean view sometimes, as the very last bit of the sun sinks into the sea, you may see an instantaneous flash of green. The scientific types will tell you that it is simply the light splitting into its components and green is the last colour to be seen. Others will say that it is seen in direct relationship to the number of “sundowners” consumed. It doesn’t happen every night. In fact, we have not seen very many in our years of sailing. We saw one during our first season and no more until this year. From Big Major Spot anchorage, near Staniel Cay, we have an unobstructed view of the horizon to the west. In that position, we have now seen three green flashes this winter! Another reason that we love that anchorage.

We are trailing two lines, as is usual every time we move the boat especially in the deep water of the Sound. And, while I was writing, I heard the zzzzing of the line. A fish on! I rushed above deck, moved all of the cockpit cushions out of the way, and then the second line went zzzzing. I went to tend it and my fish spit the hook before being hauled in. Just to keep things tidy, I pulled in my line all the way. Murray’s fish was giving him a bit of a fight but he landed it successfully. It was a six pound skipjack tuna! Yummmm. We caught one of those earlier this winter, on the way to Nassau and they are very meaty fish and extremely tasty. That will go in the freezer to be shared with our next visitors. Now, both lines are back in and we are hoping for a mahi-mahi or two. Still have fifteen miles to go so there is plenty of time yet.

Around us we can see the sails of twenty other vessels, all headed towards George Town. It is getting close to Regatta time there and the number of boats in the harbour will swell. Right now there are 315 boats reportedly. The anchorage is two miles long though, so it seldom feels crowded. Except at the dinghy dock, on the day that fresh vegetables arrive! Then hundreds of crews in hundreds of dinghies race to town to replenish their larders. During Regatta, there will be many events to entertain us and our guests: dances on the beach; concerts; dinghy races; sailboat racing and fun events like conch horn blowing etc.

So, that is life aboard, more exciting in the big city.

We hope that you are keeping warm up there. Spring is not too far away now and we will be turning the bow northward once again. Hugs to all,

Heather & Murray

PS Have arrived in George Town and it is crowded!