2016-02-01 Long Island

It may look like us but it’s not, it’s Kelly Nicole a sisters ship to Magnolia. Paul and Debra left from Rochester NY the yer before us and followed there progress closely to learn what we could. We finally me them face to face last year in Eluthera and finally this year got to hang out share some laughs. They though are continuing down the Thorny Patch through the Mona passage and onto the Caribbean. They’re crazy!!! 🙂

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We are always excited to visit a new place but with that newness certainly  ones some anxiety. Never fully know where everything is, how good the holding in the anchorage is. This was our first visit to Long Island and it was also one of the islands most impacted by hurricaine Joaquin. We brought a number of construction supplies, household goods and also school supplies but until we arrived we did not really know how else we were going to be of use.

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The great thing in this community of cruisers is if there’s a problem someone always steps up and it gets solved. It does not matter if it’s hurricane relief of a boat cat that is sick it gets fixed. (the cat thing is true) In this case it was organizing work party’s where they are most needed. First day we spent cleaning up the church rectory for the Anglican Church in Clareancetwon.

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The “group” works hard but also enjoys a cold beer. In this case it was on the way back to the harbor at Bling Bling Bar and Carly Wash. This stuff can not be made up!

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When not working ashore there is always something to to aboard Magnolia, like polishing the brass.

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A couple days later we were called back into action to clean up the yard and boats of the local youth sailing club. It was really hot in the sun that day so missed the picture until the group got a cold beer later.

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The crews of Kelly-Nicole and Magnum rented a car for a day of touring the island. First stop was the Blue Hole where Free Diving competitions take place. People hold there breath and dive as deep as they can. The Blue Hole itself is lime 600 feet. I think people dive down about 200 crazy !

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It became even crazier when Paul found the Memorial to all the people that dies here diving!

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As we drove down to the south end of the island Annette read aloud how the road ends abruptly. We all kinds of chuckled until we got to the end and really did have to get on the breaks. There were lime no signs or indications the road was going to end…it just doesn’t and very abruptly too!

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We had Kelly-Nicole over one evening and when I offered Paul a Scotch and Cigar well we were able to fully endorse our Man Cards!

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We truly enjoyed our stay in Long Island, helping where we could and spending time with friends. It was nice to be there, next atop, Cat Island.

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