G’ day all,

We are currently off charter, sitting in our favourite anchorage on a island called Man-o-War Cay. There is a narrow strip of land (about a boat length) separating the Sea of Abaco from the Atlantic Ocean and it is very picturesque. It is a overcast and thunder-stormy morning, which is a pleasant change to the burning sun and searing temperatures.

David seems to spend a extraordinary amount of time off charter working on the westerbrake generator, I think it is just holding together. The boat is a bit of a maintenance nightmare. You think you have all the major jobs under control and then one of the hot water services blow at 2am.

Our last charter was on a bareboat power cat, which didn’t go so well as less then 2 mins out of Marsh Harbour one of the engines fried. Fortunately we had wonderful guests on board who were happy to move the charter over to the Meltemia.

The guy was a diesel mechanic an basically shrugged and said shit happens. We don’t have another charter until the 24th and are going stir crazy. As pretty as it is over here, its getting very quiet, many cruising boats have headed home for the storm season.

We can only assume that there is not many charters booked as this place got hammered last year by Hurricane Jeane and this year has been the most active storm season on record, with the ninth storm already been named (Irene). We are looking forward to Fastys family coming over in September and then also the company on the delivery back down to the BVI and Grenadines.

There is still one more empty bunk available for the delivery. At this stage we plan to leave in the last week in October and then the boat is blocked from charters till early in Dec!

It’s been great getting emails to everyone and thanks to everyone who has made an effort to get <a href=”http://www.skype.com”>www.skype.com</a>, because it means we can call them for free.

No loss not bringing our kiting gear, even though we have time, there is never enough wind!! Keep in touch

David & Mel