This week the skies cleared, the sun shone, the temperature rose and all was right, once again in this part of the world--paradise found! This too was the week of the greatly anticipated “Commodores Ball”. And this year, Heather, Sue and the ladies from dock 5 went all out to make this the most spectacular event of the season. The theme was “The Sands” (as in the Sands nightclub in Vegas during the Rat Pack era) and everyone was dressed to the nines. The venue was aglow with hundreds of tea lights, tables elegantly draped with white and red cloths and chairs festooned with ivory covers tied back with lengths of red chiffon. There were tall calla lilies as centre-pieces on each table and life-sized “cut-outs” of “ole blue eyes Sinatra” and Dean Martin. Guests were greeted with free glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres (stuffed mushrooms and mini quiches) followed by a main course which featured lobster topped chicken and a stuffed beef roll. There were salads, rolls, and creme brullee for dessert followed by coffee, liquor and wine which flowed all night long. After dinner we danced to the sounds of the 60’s and everyone enjoyed an evening that we will never forget.
The next day we rose bright and early and after a quick coffee and cocoa cast off our lines and headed out for a few days of adventure. Our friends Ron and Pam aboard “Legacy” had recently returned from a season of sailing through the Exumas and we were eager to get together again and share news and good times. Both of our boats arrived at Guana at about the same time and after setting our anchors in the protected Fisher’s Bay waters, the four of us set off in “Scout”--”Legacy’s” tender--to collect shells on “Spoil Cay”. By noon we had bagged more than enough “treasures” to last us a while and decided to dinghy over to the restaurant at “tony” Baker’s Bay” resort for lunch. We enjoyed drinks (Kaliks for Ron& Pam, white wine for me and coke per usual for Vince--some things just don’t change!) pizza, and grilled steak crostinis dockside where we watched guests coming and going and enjoyed the 80 degree weather in the shade outside at the bar. Perfect! We returned to our mother ships mid-afternoon and, after a “nap” Ron stopped by to pick us up for a dinner aboard Legacy. We dined on Wahoo which Ron had caught and cinnamon crumb cake (which I had prepared--compliments Betty Crocker.)
Over the next two days the sun continued to shine and temperatures remained in the 80’s. We walked the long expanse of Guana Cay beach, enjoyed burgers and fries for lunch, spent another blissful night rocking at anchor and then left for Matt Lowes Cay where we trespassed on this absolutely exquisite private island--playing bocci ball at the high tide mark, collecting shells and lolling in the shallow turquoise water along the shoreline. Nothing “bad” happened--nobody came rushing out of the bushes with dogs to scare us off, so we’ll probably do this again some day, since it was so beautiful there. I also began water colour lessons with Pam and Ron who both produced two lovely paintings during our time together. Our last night at anchor we celebrated with a rib dinner aboard Legacy--payback for the painting lessons--and polished off two or three bottles of wine. And Vince went through 2 whole cans of coke! We returned to Boat Harbour Sunday morning, and did very little but kick back in the cockpit for the rest of the day reminiscing about the wonderful week we had just enjoyed.
Ron and Pam's boat LEGACY