Falmouth to Jolly Harbour

Ocean Science's blog
Glenn Cooper
Tue 10 Jan 2017 17:23
Monday - Not much wind today so we chunter round the island towards Jolly
on western side, stopping on the way for a swim, anchored up off a deserted
beach.  Regulars readers may recall that the boat has a diving platform at
the stern, and even a hot freshwater shower, doncha know.   A swim in the
warm Caribbean (skinnydipping, as you might expect) compensates for no
sailing. And a nice lunch on the way.
Jolly Harbour is inland and a mile or so up a meandering and narrow
channel which was dredged out some years ago by the developer of the marina.  There
are large numbers of pretty little houses built on pontoons, with boats tied
up instead of front gardens.  The place was originally called Mosquito Cove,
but for some reason they did not retain that name.
As we trickle up the channel there are pelicans dive bombing for fish.  They
are ungainly birds when parked on top of a post, but they are sleek and
purposeful in action.
We thought we would need a rigger to sort of the broken halyard inside the
mast, but binoculars enabled Glennbo to see it poking out of the top;  there
was a second shackle on it, which had stopped it vanishing down the hole.   It was in a gettable
position, by someone going up in a bosun's chair.  Readers acquainted with
physiology and Newtonian physics may be aware that two of our number would
present a challenge to a hand powered winch, so Gabriel volunteered (honest,
folks, he volunteered).  He successfully brought down the end of the
headsail halyard, and also managed to sort out another problem 60 feet up,
bringing down the spinnaker halyard which was in the wrong position.   For
photo of intrepid man up mast see our blog for 13 Januaryu 2015.  Reward was
dinner in a Greek restaurant run by a Zorba lookalike.
And so to bed, Glennbo up at 0530 for a conference call.  He is in the
throes of running a takeover, and has had calls most days.  He does not see this as
a burden, because he work that pays for the boat, and telecoms enables
remote working.
The bonus for the 3 of us who are left is that we get to clean the boat.
Galley, heads (loos), dying vegetables, manky towels, things like that.  No gain without pain.