|Sailing Simple Life|
photo by Dianne Malherb
|Joe & Michele with Simple Life anchored|
photo by Dianne Malherb
|Michele, Joe and Pete having a beach chat|
Photo by Dianne Malherb
Simple Life was holed up for a week in Rock Sound, Eleuthera waiting for cold fronts to pass. Predictions called for high winds and squalls. We got the winds, luckily, no squalls. We spent time with friends, taking long walks to the north side of the island and took the opportunity to provision for our upcoming trip to the Abacos. Our next stop was Hatchet Bay in northern Eleuthera. We hadn't been to Eleuthera in a number of years and it hadn't changed much at all. The islanders were friendly and seemed genuinely welcoming toward boaters. The settlements are interspersed with some tidy homes and some derelict and abandoned ones. Although, outwardly there's a aspect of decay and disrepair on Eleuthera, the Bahamian residents in these settlements remain proud of their island home.
|Shadows and Ruins of a Home|
by Michele Boulay
Sail On, Fish On
|Spear fishing on Long Island|
|Big crab speared at Long Island|
A favorable weather forecast made it possible for us to sail from Royal Island, Eleuthera to Hopetown in the Abacos. Joe had been spear fishing with some success in the shallow waters of the Out Islands. Now he would finally have an opportunity to troll across the deep abyss for "the big one" while sailing offshore where depths no longer register on the depth sounder. He rigged a frozen ballyhoo with high hopes for a Mahi. Within minutes the line pealed out. It was too easy to reel in and in spite of still hoping to see the flash of green and blue Mahi, we knew it was a barracuda. I was at the helm while Joe reluctantly reeled the fish toward the boat. It had cannibalized the entire ballyhoo and fortunately shook itself off. This called for a lure change since there was no more bait. I noticed some birds and splashing off to port. "Joe there's tuna off to port! Hurry up. Get that line in the water!" This time he was using a cedar plug. The line barely dropped off behind the boat when the tuna was on.
|Joe's tuna after a hard fought battle|
|Just another sunset in the Bahamas...with sushi|
|Seared fresh tuna|
The Recipe for Delicious Fresh Tuna
Dip tuna "tenderloin" in soy sauce, sprinkle with wasabi powder, roll "tenderloin" in sesame seeds. Heat sesame oil in pan and sear tuna on all sides for one minute (tuna should be red in center) slice "tenderloin" and serve with rice, delicious!