The seahorse brigade

This week was photographed more than usual. We are getting well practiced at the “routine” and have some more time to appreciate and share some of the highlights through Lindsay’s excellent photos.

Welcome apps & cocktail
Welcome apps & cocktail
Tradewinds Cruising Club base at Placencia, Belize
Tradewinds Cruising Club base at Placencia, Belize
S/V Stess, Bindi Jade and a bit of Third Aye
S/V Stess, Bindi Jade and a bit of Third Aye
We leave our sailboat, Third Aye, back at the base as we sail out of the protected harbor.
We leave our sailboat, Third Aye, back at the base as we sail out of the protected harbor.
Lindsay handles the rusty anchor chain with big gloves
Lindsay handles the rusty anchor chain with big gloves
Tadd at the helm of S/V Stess
Tadd at the helm of S/V Stess
Another awesome sunset
Another awesome sunset
Lindsay posing on the bow
Lindsay posing on the bow
Tadd steady hand at the helm
Tadd steady hand at the helm
Our guests at Queens Cay
Wages are placed as we beging racing crabs at Queens Cay
Shallow water navigation in a dinghy full of people takes a trick of the trade....holding up the outboard.
Shallow water navigation in a dinghy full of people takes a trick of the trade….holding up the outboard.
Spinach salad is delicious when Lindsay adds goat cheese and lentils!
Spinach salad is delicious when Lindsay adds goat cheese and lentils!
Chilling under the palms on Tom Owens Cay
Chilling under the palms on Tom Owens Cay
Tadd fetches coconuts for tonights cocktalis
Tadd fetches coconuts for tonights cocktalis
S/V Stess rests peacefully at Ranguana Cay
S/V Stess rests peacefully at Ranguana Cay
Hooray, what a week! We found seahorses!
Hooray, what a week! We found seahorses!

It’s five o’clock somewAAAaaaarrrrrrrr!

After a rocky start, where one of the couples coming on charter with us didn’t make it through the snow storms in Houston, we finally welcomed them on board at Lark Cay, less than a day late… and just in time for some G&T’s and Caribbean chicken salad.

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We enjoyed another week with Rick & Joyce, Jaques & Barb, and Doug & Cindy… and everyone’s friend Tanqueray!!

Tadd's not really steering from there, is he?
Tadd’s not really steering from there, is he?

I managed not to kill Rick … though I did try to sneak in some Thai food… but him and his serious peanut allergy were not having anything to do with it… and he was kind enough not to complain when he was left with just eating the side dishes…ooops… one hell of a learning curve.

In any case, we had a great time with lots of fun snorkeling, while Jaques, Rick & Joyce got in some choice diving!

Some kind of sponge..
Some kind of sponge..
Christmas tree worms
We love playing with the Christmas tree worms!
French Angelfish swim in pairs
French Angelfish swim in pairs
Tadd and his seastars!
Tadd and his seastars!
David's Memorial Plaque underwater in Belize
A memorial plaque placed underwater at Seal Cay in Belize
Another spectacular sunset offshore from Belize
Another spectacular sunset offshore from Belize

Beware of conch terrorists!

After our adventures in Belize City and beyond, it was back to work as usual. We had a fun mixed group out in early February with Ann & Rich, Dave & Lois, and our independent lady, Jean.

Although the weather wasn’t always the best… the rain showers provided some amazing rainbows… I for one can’t say I’ve ever seen a complete double rainbow before!!
Double rainbow over Queens Cay
Double rainbow over Queens Cay

And we had a delightful night when a Moorings boat decided (against our advice… he listened to another useless captain nearby, who was only thinking of himself!) to anchor right next to Stess, so by morning, once the wind had changed direction, was a matter of feet off our stern!! He skulked off early without a word…. OH those lovely bareboaters!!!

Too close for comfort
Too close for comfort

Eventually the sun came out and the snorkeling was as amazing as ever.

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Dave, the hunter-gatherer went all out to find us plenty of conch… a shell for everyone and plenty to make some pan-fried conch one day and some rather tasty conch ceviche (if I say so myself) the next.
S/V Stess offshore in Belize
S/V Stess offshore in Belize

All in all another great week. Our ladies set off home with their souveneer conch shells… but we soon discovered that, although stunningly beautiful… are also dangerous weapons! Or so the security people at Belize Airport claimed!! Ann was told she couldn’t carry her conch shell in her had luggage as it could be used as a weapon to slice somebody!!!

Conch shells on the trampoline
Conch shells on the trampoline

CONCH: tasty, beautiful… but potentially deadly!! Watch out for conch terrorists!!