The day was supposed to start with ulu races that cruisers could be part of - but lack of enough wind cancelled them. At 1400, there were the rubber ducky races. People could (and did) bet on rubber ducks (of various colors, costumes, styles and sizes). There were Santa ducks, Blues Brothers ducks, surfer dude ducks, sunglassed and hatted ducks, yellow ones, pink ones, a red devil duck, a witch duck (of course being from Salem, Barbara placed a buck on the witch); and many, many more. The folks from the boat Panchita had even created a racing form telling each duck's name, number of races raced, winning record and "story." Pretty funny stuff. The bets were placed, the ducks with bets on them were placed in a plastic bin, taken off shore and dumped. The first one to hit shore was declared the winner with a place and show also established. The pot was split - 50% shared amongst the winners; 30% amongst the second place duck bettors and 20% split for the third placers. One of our ducks came in second so we re-couped our bet of $6.
After the fun of the duck races, everyone went back to their boats to complete their side dishes and re-convened on the island for the feast. It was great fun and some of the boaters brought in guitars and drums for entertainment. It was a nice way to celebrate the holiday.
Prior to all the festivities, Michael worked on a major boat problem. After Mark and Kathryn left, we started to shut things down in the forward head and put back the "attic" and "garage." In the process, Michael found a thru-hull issue. It seems one forward thru-hull (the water maker one) wouldn't close or open - it was stuck halfway. That meant we couldn't make water. Because this is below the water line, changing it is an issue. He did buy a new one from our friends on Gecko (Ian had several spares - thanks so much Gecko) and so we have one on board. But good ol' Capt. Hawk did discover a way to work around it and re-plumbed the water maker. This was a good thing as we were almost out of water and since our guests left - it hasn't rained a bit. We even were able to waterproof the bimini (sorry Kathryn and Mark - now you could sit in the cockpit without getting dripped on - at least we think so but haven't had any rain to put it to the test.) Michael got everything running and with the sun and wind we could make power and run the water maker without turning on the big engine.
On Friday, we went to Anna and Ian's boat Gecko, for a "post Thanksgiving" faux-turkey soup dinner. Barbara made a pumpkin pie and the folks from Jammin' made some tasty bread. It was great to finally spend some time with Anna and Ian. We all know each other from past working lives and it was fun to see each other in our cruising life. They were heading back towards Bocas on Saturday, so this would be our last chance. Safe travels to them.
It's Saturday and we'll spend one more day in the East Lemmons and then probably head to the Holandes Cays tomorrow.
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