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Staniel Cay to Georgetown

April 24, 2015 Posted by Deb

Thunderball and Big Majors Spot

Entrance to Thunderball Cave ~ Looking for Sean Connery

Entrance to Thunderball Cave ~ Looking for Sean Connery

Looked All Over the Cave for Weight Belt ~ Found Under the Dinghy

Looked All Over the Cave for Weight Belt ~ Found Under the Dinghy

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Goggle Man

Goggle Man

Looking for the Famous Swimming Pigs

Looking for the Famous Swimming Pigs

Carrots are Good for Lots of Things

Carrots are Good for Lots of Things

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To Georgetown

At some point we had to stop island hopping and take a cut out into Exuma Sound. We chose Dothan Cut near Black Point because we could get out of there very early in the a.m. without worrying about depth. To be sure, we motored up to the cut the evening before and laid down a track on one of the Samsung notepads. The cut was calm and harmless looking that evening. The next morning was a different story. The wind and swells had kicked up and our calculations for slack tide were off. By the time we realized that the boiling up ahead was serious, we were caught in a three- to five-knot current headed like a freight train into ten-foot standing waves. We were getting knocked around a bit but doing OK  until we decided to turn out of the mess. At that point, Deb got bombed by beer cans that were stowed in the galley and stuff that had never fallen before started flying around the inside of the boat. Fun. The rest of the day was choppy but not a bad motor sail but the swell continued to haunt us. We declined stopping at Adderly Cut for the night because it looked closed out so we cranked up the diesels and rolled the dice on Conch Cay Cut, the entrance to Georgetown. Conch Cay Cut was flat calm and we dropped hook in the Mecca of Bahama sailing after about 8 hours and 53 miles (not counting tacks).

The Georgetown Regatta

Unintentionally, we arrived in Georgetown just days before the big regatta week. It is a race by and for Bahamians in unique boats. At the start, the boats are anchored and sails are down. The town decked itself out like a state fair, street food everywhere, and the music was loud and late.  We slid into the cruiser social scene with dink drift and drink, hikes, and BBQ’s. In our anchorage there were four cats, four monohulls, and five trawlers. We’re at Sand Dollar and the other anchorages are very packed. Georgetown is definitely trawler heaven here. Great folks but they do have a different mind set.

A couple and their dog are living on the beach in hammocks and the occasional bed on one of the boats in the anchorage. They’re cruising the Bahamas by pontoon plane.

A couple and their dog are living on the beach in hammocks and the occasional bed on one of the boats in the anchorage. They’re cruising the Bahamas by pontoon plane.

The perennial winner of the event, Tidal Wav.e, coming home after a challenge match

The Perennial Winner of the Event, Tidal Wave ~Coming Home after a Challenge Match

 Jacque and Annet on Panache Hiked With Us on the  Island Trails

Jacque and Annet on Panache Hiked With Us on the Island Trails

 Yet Another Multi-Mile Beach All to Ourselves

Yet Another Multi-Mile Beach All to Ourselves

Not Happy

Not Happy

Little Problem with the Wind on Day 2

Little Problem with the Wind on Day 2