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Weighed anchor at 10am and set sail for Klein Curacao. Arrived at KC, 30 miles later, and dropped anchor at 4pm. Klein means 'small.' It was a little difficult to set the hook because there wasn't much shallow water before the ledge dropped off into much deeper water. The bow was in shallow water and the stern wasn't very far from the deep water. So, we had to let out a lot of chain in one go, and then reverse slowly so as not to put the anchor right off the ledge before it had time to set. Once the anchor was set, we put the dinghy in the water and headed for the beach. It was beautiful. White sands and crystal clear water. There are only a couple of 'buildings' on the island, if you can call them that. One compound was built for, and used by the tourists that come from Curacao on a tourist ship that docks in Curacao. Each day, the ship brings over a bunch of vacationers, so there is a fenced-off area provided for them where they can leave their personal belongings, and then head off to relax on the beach. There is also a building where the kitchens are, and further behind, the bathrooms. There is also a huge bbq and a bunch of picnic tables. All of this is covered by a palm-thatch roof, supported by logs.
So, Seb, Markus and I were relaxing on the beach, watching the sun go down, when a gentleman came over and introduced himself as Andy. He said was the guy that looked after the property. He surprised us by asked if we would like some beers and we happily accepted. As we chatted, we told him about our travels on the boat, and he told us a little about himself. He invited us to join him for dinner, offering to fire up the bbq and cook up some ribs and fish that he had left over. Naturally, I, being a Chef, offered to do the cooking and we got the bbq going. Andy got me some rice from the kitchen, and enough spices to do something nice with the ribs and fish. By that time, Angus, an Australian gentleman from the boat that was anchored beside us came by and joined us.
By the time the meal was ready, it was dark, so Andy got a bonfire going, something that Zeus himself would have been able to see. Anyway, we all sat there munching on bbq'd ribs, red snapper, and spiced rice. Earlier, while I was tending the bbq, Seb had gone back to the boat to get a big bottle of rum, so, with with coke that was supplied by Andy, we sat around til the wee hours of the morning, drinking rum and coke.
Our thanks to Andy, a very cool, and generous guy, for graciously providing, not the evening's entertainment, but the meal, and the spectacular environment. It was a fantastic night on Klein Curacao, albeit and unexpected one.