The Light Show is Impressive
01 March 2008 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas.
Well, today's sail was beautiful... for the first hour. We raised the anchor at 0730 hrs, very, very early for us, and sailed down in the lee of Great Guana Cay for 12 miles to Galliot Cut where we headed out into Exuma Sound. Last week with Florence and Eugene we sailed up the sound in absolutely flat water, and for 2 days! But that was an anomaly. Today we experienced what Exuma Sound usually has to offer... 6'-8' seas and a beat in 20 knots down the sound. We slogged it out for 33 miles and made Georgetown by 1630 hrs, exhausted and covered in salt! We sailed with a cat, Exit Strategy, and pushed our noses out just as the current changed at the cut, ensuring that we wouldn't have to bash through the standing waves referred to as "A Rage". But it was a slog down, and we just hunkered down and by sundown (time for a good G&T), we were anchored in Georgetown in company with 290 other cruisers! Anchored safely, we called a couple of boats we knew, "Sam the Skull" next to us and "Seabird" but got no reply. Later, we remembered that in Georgetown they have a protocol that uses VHF Channel 69 for hailing, nit the usual 16. No wonder the VHF was so quiet in a harbor with 290 boats! At dusk, we sat in the cockpit relaxing and were amazed at the light show from the anchor lights of 290 boats. It looked more like a cityscape than a remote Bahamas town! After steak on our newly refurbished and now working BBQ, we headed for bed. Tomorrow's sail will be a bit of a repeat of todays, a bit shorter, but with higher winds and again close hauled. We're sharpening up our heavy weather sailing!
The photo is of Blair Buchannan (Strathspey) on the guitar in our cockpit during coctail hour in Thompson Bay.