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A break in the windy, windy weather and out of the harbor we go, spending a night on the hook.  Nice to take a quick swim and enjoy the view.  The next morning we’re off to Man O’ War Cay, an island just 5 miles north.

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A relaxing downwind sail in a light breeze – wing on wing (the headsail on one side and the mainsail on the other).

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We take a mooring  in the main harbor.  MOW is known for its boat building – traditional wooden Abaco dinghies and sloops and now fiberglass Albury runabouts.  The best.

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The settlement on MOW is  on the north side of the harbor, with moorings between it and Dickie’s Cay, on the south side.

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MOW has a great grocery store, good-sized hardware store, and decent ship’s chandlery.  Plus:  Joe’s Studio (gift shop), the Sail Shop (canvas duffle bags sewn on the premises) and Sally’s Seaside Shop (fabric store) featuring Androsian fabric –  brilliantly colored batiks hand-made on Andros Island, to our south.  Here I am with two pillows, made of blue Androsian fabric, which I WON in Sally’s Christmas raffle and was finally able to pick up.  Beautiful.

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We were in he harbor for just minutes when friends who live there came over in their runabout.  We had a great visit which included lunch at the Hibiscus cafe – wonderfully tasty and creative food.

The sun set quietly – a tranquil evening.

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The next day we returned to Hope Town – a motor boat ride – no wind.   Rain clouds threatened, but we were on our Hope Town mooring just before the rain came.  A fun little trip before the 30+ kt winds arrived — again.  It’s supposed to blow over 25 for the next week.  Rock and roll!

P.S.  Update on the BOLO boat beached on Elbow Cay, oceanside:  After she was stripped, efforts were undertaken to drag the hull out to sea and sink it.   First she was pushed down the beach and rolled over, bow out.

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Then attempts were made to pull her off the beach.

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Turned out she’d taken on so much water, she was too heavy.  Pumps were brought, but not before the 30+ onshore winds arrived, bringing a halt to the entire project.   More later.

P.S.  Randy the Manatee is free of his red top coating.   He was at the marina when I went in to do laundry today, looking his gray self again.

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