S/V Delilah

A Blog to track the wanderings of the S/V Delilah, a 37-foot Tayana sailboat.

Friday, January 26, 2007


Monday, January 22
Illet de Gosier, Guadaloupe
N 16 degrees 12.123 minutes
W 061 degrees 29.622 minutes

Does anyone out there have any recipes that include bat wing? I ask because I am in possession of a bat wing. No, really. I found it on the side deck of the boat. It's disgusting and cool all at once. There's certainly fur on the wing, and a little bit of bat meat, as well, so maybe it would be good in a soup. There are two working theories as to how a bat wing came to be on the deck: that a bird dropped it (plausible; after all, seagulls are merely rats with wings) or that our wind generator separated the bat from its wing (strike one for all you Cape Wind proponents). Votes from readers?

Also filed under horrific: we spent the afternoon watching a pilot boat drag a catamaran up onto a massive reef. Let me clarify: the pilot boat was trying to get the cat off of the reef, but instead of pulling it backwards, for 20 feet or so, he elected to pull it forwards, about 100 feet.

The cat was first driven or sailed by its charter "captain" onto the reef on Saturday afternoon. It being the weekend, nothing was done to rescue the cat until today. When we arrived, we looked for the boat we had been hearing about every hour on the VHF (S/V Love Me Do, for those interested), and saw it sitting far up onto the reef.

That afternoon, some guys came along with several big pieces of foam and shoved them between the hulls of the boat. Then a pilot boat affixed a long line and, full steam ahead, dragged the cat forward, further onto this fairly large and extremely shallow reef. After a while, the pilot boat was not able to make any further progress, so they added a second boat IN SERIES WITH THE PILOT BOAT. The cat was pulled free after several hours and was towed, bows low in the water, to a marina around the corner.

The whole process was very entertaining. We did not, however, get in our dinghy to get closer to the action, although some half-dozen of our neighbors did. It's better than American Idol, I'll warrant.

All that aside, we are enjoying this little island on the south coast of Guadeloupe. The aforementioned reef system makes for good snorkeling, great sand for anchoring behind the reef, and protection from waves. The little island boasts an abandoned lighthouse and a not-so-abandoned beach bar, as well as a couple of lovely beaches.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

its just as likely that the bat ran into any of the rigging or anything else on the boat. Bats do have sonar so they would see the wind turbine as well as or maybe better than anything else. Bats do get killed by wind turbines but not that many, and not that often so its good chance it was predatory in nature.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Timothy J Dion said...

Bat Wing recipe
serve with Swamp Dip

1 bat wing (more if you got them are always good)
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon five spice powder
2 cloves garlic, minced

Marinate and grill to desired doneness

Swamp Dip: In a small bowl stir together a 8-ounce container of dairy sour cream and 3 tablespoons coarse ground mustard. Garnish with fresh whole chives. Serve with bat wings.

Enjoy :-)


11:22 PM  

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