Another front with winds gusting in the 30 knot range was forecast to come through, which necessitated another move to the shelter of the Red Shanks Anchorage. We had friend there and made a few more-esp. Diane and Warren ( an old salt) from S/V Sunset Dreaming from NS, and Theresa and Richard from S/V It will Be All Right from Kentucky. Our spot, though safe, was a bit uncomfortable. Our friends on S/V Shinola and S/M Southern Grace helped us move to a better location further in at the same anchorage. In the meantime, Gerry celebrated his 70th birthday twice, once with a gathering of friends on a beautiful center cockpit Morgan Classic, S/V Persistence , owned by Tom and Chris ( a couple of ‘Hurt’n Albertans’ –far from it-actually! ). The next evening we had a celebratory dinner on S/ M Southern Grace, with George, Cher and Morgan who ‘dug deep ‘ and provided a BBQ of lamb ,VA steaks and chicken-love those freezers -which we do not have!
· The George Town Cruising Regatta was in full swing from Feb 16th-28th. We attended the opening event- a variety concert-on a windy, cool- for the Bahamas (65 F.) ,evening. It was a great turn out-we were able to put faces to many names on the cruisers net-channel 68( the radio channel for up-dates on events here). Because of the windy weather, boats anchored in Red Shanks got the local water taxi (Elvis)- saving us from a long, wet dingy ride at night. There were all kinds of events going on all week in the vicinity of “Chat and Chill” ( a bar and grill on the beach)-including beach volleyball, beach golf, treasure hunts, the coconut challenge, bochue ball, children’s events, small boat races and the sailboat races. To be closer to the action we moved S/V Moxie back into the main harbour- in the lee of Stocking Island- ‘Sand Dollar Beach’-a short dingy ride to ‘Volleyball Beach’ ,”Chat and Chill’ and St Francis Marina. It is just a 5 minutes ride to the dingy dock in Victoria Lake ie. George Town. We are meeting many friends made along the way here , especially NS and other CAN boats. Gerry entered the sailboat races with Brian from S/V Scout and George from S/V Southern Grace for crew – with great results - first in class! The Next was the round Stocking Island race with Tara and Brian from S/V Scout crewing with Debbie and Gerry (got a 2nd place). We also entered The Long Island Race as part of a rally with over 35 other boats . Long Island put out the 'welcome mat' for us cruisers and we appreciate the effort that the locals and the more seasoned cruisers put in to organizing this visit. It was lots of fun-although a few boats did not make it due to boat complications ,wind on the nose and choppy waters on the way. ( S/V Scout-seasick doggies? )
We will go back to Georgetown to have a 'Good-bye" with friends , then we plan to start slowly heading northward, visiting islands we missed in The Exuma Chain and on to Eleuathera and a visit to The Abaco’s before returning to the mainland early in April.