Wed. Jan. 16, 2013—Day 106:
Destination: Little Farmers Cay to Rudders Cut Cay
Departure: 0940 hrs. Arrival: 1145 hrs. Distance: approx. 9 NM
Winds: E 12-16K; SE 13-18K after sunset Seas: 1-2 ft. chop
Weather: cloud rain showers cloud with sunny breaks mainly sunny
|Piano & Mermaid at Rudder Cay|
Thurs. Jan. 17, 2013—Day 107:
Destination: Rudder Cut Cay to Williams Cay
Departure: 0915 hrs. Arrival: 1145 hrs. Distance: approx. 9 NM
Winds: SE to S to E 8-11K Seas: 0 to minimum waves, 2-3 ft. swells with occasional 4 ft.
Weather: sun heavy dark clouds sprinkle of rain cloud with some sun rain X 2 min. mostly sun with some cloud
|Rays at Childrens Cay|
Fri. Jan. 18, 2013—Day 108:
Destination: Williams Cay to Stocking Island-Georgetown
Departure: 0850 hrs. Arrival: 1350 hrs. Distance: approx. 25.1 NM
Winds: N 1-3K, increased to 4-6K, then NE 10-12K + gusts by evening Seas: gentle rollers only
Weather: warm+++, brilliant sun & only clouds in the periphery
|Amazing blue of Exuma Sound|
Sat. Jan. 19, 2013—Day 109:
Destination: Stocking Island-Georgetown
Winds: NE to E 8-10K Seas: <1 ft.
Weather: partly cloudy, partly sunny, comfortable temps
It was SSB at 0630 hrs. & Georgetown Cruisers Net on VHF 72 at 0800 hrs. Herman on ‘White Wing‘ was emcee. At 0745 hrs. he made an announcement on VHF 16 & 68 re the net at 0800 hrs. He announced to many of us newcomers that VHF 68 is the usual channel of hailing boats in Georgetown. This year I found the net more businesslike & succinct than in the past, only lasting 30 min. Slowly we readied ourselves to going ashore with 2 empty water jerry cans, after Graeme had emptied them into the boat tank, shopping list, computer, garbage, & money. First task was filling the jerry cans of free water, compliments of Exuma Markets & left them in the dinghy. Graeme went to the Scotiabank ATM. Haircut for me at Tranees ($15.00), then we browsed through shops & the straw market, & looked for internet as far as Peace & Plenty, whose WiFi cost $5.00 X 1 hour; no internet at the library (hours M-S 1000 to 1200 hrs.). Pett’s Place was closed but sign indicated internet was $5.00 X 1st hour + $3.00 per additional hour, no internet at Exuma Markets (secured now). Jack discovered internet at the Medical Clinic & Cherry had access anchored in Kidd Cove. We walked to Eddies Restaurant; good internet (Edgewater) & had a late lunch. While Graeme browsed through his emails after I was done with mine & posted my blog minus pictures, I did some grocery shopping next door at the Shop Rite, a more local’s store. A slightly wet dinghy ride home at 1600 hrs. Then we both just read in the cockpit until sunset until the lighting was too dark. One cannot see a complete sunset at Georgetown as it is located on the east side of Great Exuma Island. But there were a few conch blowers in the anchorages & a lovely red sky. Tonight the ½ moon was bright & the skies were lightly but partly cloudy that cleared later in the night & stars.
Sun. Jan. 19, 2013—Day 109:
Destination: Stocking Island-Georgetown
Winds: E to SE 8K Seas: <1 ft.
Weather: sun & blue sky
Only Georgetown Cruisers Net at 0800 hrs. was available to us. I attended the Beach Worship (non denominational) at 0930 hrs. at Volleyball Beach; terrific, warm & interactive; special intentions for Linda MacDonald & Kelly Buckley. A social took place afterwards. In the meantime Graeme did some dinghy exploring down to Hamburger & Monument Beaches. Then together we did a dinghy tour of the hurricane holes #1, 2 & 3 of Stocking Island & St. Francis Marina & Resort; met tourists from Constance Bay. After lunch we dinghied across Elizabeth Harbour to return a loaned book to Josh, ‘Azeroth’ & into Georgetown for water, gas & email, just sitting outside Pett’s Place. Mid afternoon we dinghied to Chat ’n Chills for their Sunday pig roast ($20.00) & the 1st NFL playoff game between Atlanta & San Francisco. A red sky after sunset, a sudden onset of a dark rain cloud with only sprinkles, then clear skies with ½ moon & stars.
Mon. Jan. 21, 2013—Day 111:
Winds: E-SE-S-SW-E 5K Seas: <1 ft.
Weather: glorious sunny day with brief rain shower about noon
Flat calm during the night & upon rising. Chris’ forecast for the day proved to be correct—light & variable. We listened at the Net as well. Several attended yoga on Volleyball Beach at 0900 hrs.; the instructor & program was very good. Graeme in the meantime went to town for ?. I had to take a dip into the lovely water after yoga as the sand from the beach was sticking to me. Other adventures of the day included getting another island book from Josh (Azeroth), buying fresh fruit at Exuma Markets, dropping an empty propane tank at Forbes for next day pick up, a visit to the Department of Tourism, Batelco office & internet at Eddies. We had a sudden onset of rain shower about noon; this was the 1st time we left the hatches open but it seemed that it may not have rained in the anchorage but only in town as everything was dry. We took a long dinghy exploring trip along the NE shore of Rolle Cay, in & around Crab Cay, under the lovely Crab Cay Bridge & around George Devine Cay & Red Shanks anchorage; in so doing we were also looking for a new, better & less expensive laundromat we were told about in the vicinity than Corner Laundromat in town but were unsuccessful. A spectacular sunset sky tonight. We invited Cherry & Doug over for just a simple spaghetti dinner; a great evening with old friends. And we were still up after 2200 hrs. An equally spectacular night sky; flat calm, stars+++ & 2/3 moon.
Tues. Jan. 22, 2013—Day 112:
Winds: S to SW then by evening W Seas: calm
Weather: sunny, occasional cloud, warm & comfortable temps
I guess we will be in Georgetown for a while longer; (1) guests are arriving Jan. 30th, & (2) weather on SSB, NOAA, Nassau Net, & Wind Alert were predicting a strong & lengthy cold front with northerly winds arriving later today. Crusiers Net surprisingly has continued to be streamlined & concise. Yoga on Volleyball Beach with good attendance at 0900 hrs.—back & joint class, followed by another skinny dip sea bath to get rid of sand. Then across the pond to town for water, a can of gas, a short internet session including lunch at Eddies & to pick up the refilled propane tank at Forbes ($15.00); new propane place in town with wait & fill service not far from Palm Bay Resort & “very reasonable prices”. Graeme saw a shark under the dinghy as we were scooting across the harbour; the water was flat calm. We explored more by dinghy in the afternoon-- to hurricane hole #1 (2 houseboats), to the lagoon with private homes around the perimeter, beached the dinghy & walked up the hill to the main beach—miles of glorious white sand both of the baby powder nature & coarser, tons of tiny shells, gently crashing waves & so few people, then to Volleyball Beach where the conch shack is set up. Here we touched & photographed friendly rays that would swim up to you & brush against you, eat conch from your hand; they felt like soft suede. Mike McGoldrich arrived at evening time as a guest on ‘Azeroth’, so Josh hosted a social on his cat; we all brought nibblies & we got to sample some of the mackerel he caught & coconut curry rice. There was a red sky & clouds after sunset; a clear star filled night sky & 2/3 moon.