February 15, 2014
Our plans changed yesterday. We had planned to go to Lee Stocking to meet our friends on Dream Catcher, however, when the front came through in Long Island, Bahamas their boat was struck by lightening and they lost all of their electronics. Needless to say, they were not going anywhere until they could get some of their equipment working again. We will meet up with them in Georgetown when they return. We left Emerald Bay Marina this morning headed to Georgetown with John and Lory on Andiamo about an hour behind us. The sailing was amazing. We couldn't have asked for better winds. We anchored at Monument Beach on arrival.
February 16, 2014
This morning we offered to take John and Lory (Andiamo) to town to show them around since this was their first time and we had already been here a couple of times. They were grateful as they would not have known how to find the dinghy dock. Tonight was trivia at St. Frances so we teamed up with Bev and Arne (Scandia) to play. This go round we didn't do as well answering the questions as we did previously. There were too many local knowledge questions that we did not know the answers to. Oh well, it is just a game.
February 17, 2014
Today we dinghied into town and then caught a shuttle to the local meat market. We stocked up on some meats to have while Mark's brother Jeff and his wife Kathy are here as well as sandwich meat and cheese, etc. We stopped in at the grocery store, but it was pretty well picked over and the supply boat was just unloading so we headed back to our boat and will come in another day to shop when the shelves are stocked.
February 18, 2014
We took John and Lory (Andiamo) to the monument and then to the beach on the Exuma Sound side of the island. We shelled and they were in awe of the scenery. They forgot their camera so they said they would come back another day to take pictures of the scenery.
February 19, 2014
This was errand and catch-up day. Mark left early to get water then returned for breakfast. We waited for the garbage boat to come by then we headed into town to grocery shop. Mark also stopped at the straw market to buy a t-shirt to replace the one he accidently cut a hole in. Then we went to St. Frances to do internet.
February 20, 2014
This morning I got up to prepare food for our arriving guests so I wouldn't have to do it all while they were here. I made potato salad, chicken salad, and a pineapple sheet cake. We cleaned the boat and then waited for their arrival. The winds were high making the water very choppy so we asked Jeff and Kathy to catch the water taxi instead of us picking them up otherwise we would have all been wet by the time we arrived back at the boat. The water taxi was in high demand with the regatta getting underway tomorrow and the waves in the harbor white capping. Jeff and Kathy arrived right at dusk.
February 21, 2014
We hiked to the monument and then to the beach this morning. We shelled the beach and then sat on the beach and visited with Jeff and Kathy while enjoying the view of Exuma Sound and the waves breaking on shore. We came back to the dinghy dock and Kathy, Jeff, and I went for a swim. Then we came back to the boat and swam. We went to Chat and Chill for lunch where we shared a table with the Gormleys from Tarsie. After lunch we headed to St. Frances for the skipper's meeting for the race the guys would be competing in tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday. It is the Georgetown Regatta.
February 22, 2014
The guys were meeting on Tarsie at 9:30 this morning to run through the course and practice racing for the Elizabeth Harbor Race. Sandy from Hot Chocolate joined me and Kathy for some girl time at Flip Flop Beach. We stayed there a couple of hours and battled the dinghy and high tide then came back to watch the race from our boat. We had front row seats for the windward mark. We took lots of pictures and I did commentary on the VHF. We had a great time watching all the boats racing. After the race, we went to the Georgetown side of the harbor for the after race party at Splash. Tarsie came in third in their class, which we were all excited about. We had a fun evening and a wet ride in the dark back to the boat.
February 23, 2014
This morning the guys met at 8:30 to get ready for the around the island race. The race started at 10:00 and the winds were light, so it made for a long race. Kathy Gormley, Kathy Hallquist, and I went to the shelling beach to shell and to watch the boats heading into Exuma Sound for the race. Tarsie was the second boat out of the cut and into the Sound, so we watched for a while and then hiked back on Shoe Tree Trail and around the beach back to the dock. We got back to the boat and relaxed until the guys returned from the race. The after the race party was at St. Frances and we decided that we would go to listen to the results, but would not stay because the mosquitoes get really bad there at dusk and after. The race committee prolonged the results and we didn't get out in time. We were attacked by the mosquitoes. Thank goodness we were on the water and could out run the ones that were not already attached to us! Tarsie took third place again. We thought he might have edged out and got second but it was not to be. We thought it was great just to place!
February 24, 2014
The wind died today so the last race of the Regatta was called off. We decided to take Sea Vu Play to Kidd Cove and dinghy into Georgetown and show Jeff and Kathy the town. The town is very small, so we shopped the few stores and the straw market and were done in about two hours. Then we headed out and north to Emerald Bay Marina where we would spend the last night with Jeff and Kathy. We were able to sail and we also put lines in the water hoping to catch some dinner, but no luck. Instead we ate dinner out at Grand Isle Resort. We all had seafood that someone else caught and it was wonderful!
February 25 & 26, 2014
We stayed two more nights at the marina before heading back to Georgetown. We didn't do a whole lot except we met Brian and Teddy White from Texas. They were next to us in the marina. He was from Pasadena and she grew up in Humble. They now have a ranch in west Texas between Uvalde and Kerrville that they have cottage rentals on. It is up for sale so they can spend time in North Carolina and on their boat.
February 27, 2014
We had a wonderful sail back to Georgetown today where we will spend the week until Travis arrives on Friday, March 7. We fished again on the way to Georgetown but still had no luck. We were able to anchor near friends on Dream Catcher and also near Scandia. The water was very choppy, so we decided to just sit on the boat for the remainder of the day.
February 28, 2014
We had coffee on Scandia with Bev and Arne this morning. It had been a while since we had visited with them. We caught up and then returned to the boat. The winds were much higher then predicted today, making the water pretty choppy too. We decided we would spend another day on the boat catching up, relaxing, and basket weaving. Three boats left the area we are in so that gave us the opportunity to move in closer to shore. Since we are next to Scandia now, Bev and Arne decided to come over and play Mexican Train. We had a great time.
March 1, 2014
This morning we visited with Joyce, Bo and their company on Dream Catcher. It had been about a month since we had seen them. They were the boat we were supposed to have met in Lee Stocking, but were hit by lightning so our plans changed. They are in repair mode. They were lucky that their friends were still in the states and were able to bring replacement electronics to them. After lunch we headed into the island for palm frond hunting and shelling on the beach. It was a great day to shell as there was a wonderful breeze.
March 2-7, 2014
We are in hang-out mode right now just waiting for Travis to arrive on March 7. We are swimming, hiking, cleaning, basket weaving, playing Mexican train, etc. There are over 300 boats in the various anchorages around Georgetown. It is extremely crowded, especially when the wind started to blow during a squall and the 3-4 boats started dragging their anchors. Luckily the captains were on board and were able make quick work of re-anchoring on most of them.