02/28/2008, George Town
February 25 George Town
02/28/2008, George Town
We listened to some of the nets and headed to town early to try to get on the internet and post some blogs (and try to figure out a problem with Abby's birthday gift). There was a long line of people waiting, so we headed for the Batelco office (phone company) to buy another phone card for use in the telephone booths here. Then we went to find the telephone booths to call the refrigeration people and I called my mom. She sounded good and is feeling much better. There was freezing rain in Holland today. It is sunny and 85 here. We also picked up a snorkel set so we can take the girls snorkeling when they are here.
I checked for computer time again and it was still packed, so we gave up and went back to the boat. Someone in town told us we could pay for an hour of internet use at St. Francis (the resort nearby), so we headed over there. We did have access for a time, but I was unable to get on to Sailblogs and did a little with email but the connection kept coming and going, so I gave up. We ended up sitting and talking for a long time to Julie and Ray from Australia and their boat "Meander".
We headed to Volleyball Beach to buy George Town Regatta T-shirts and then back to the boat to make dinner.
Feb. 24th... Georgetown
02/28/2008, George Town
After the nets, ( Weather at 6:30, Georgetown 8:00, Cruiseheimers 8:30 and
Tech. Net at 9:00) Craig from "Tilt" came over to show me how to download weather charts from the SSB as well as how to set things up for automatic weather forecasts.
When we finished plans were made for a trip across the harbor for lunch at Palm Bay resort. The water is almost calm today which makes such a trip possible. After a pleasant lunch, we walked about a mile down the road to another place on the beach called Fish-Fry Town, which is an area where there are 6 or 8 smallish native establishments and lots of picnic tables. It is set up like a kiosk in some big mall.... But open air, sand and picnic tables.
On our way back to the boat we made a run to shore to pick up some ice and then .. spent the rest of our Sunday afternoon reading. It was over 90 without any wind so shade and Rum punch seemed appropriate. After dark we grilled a steak and steamed some broccoli for dinner.
Feb. 23 Georgetown, Exuma
It was too windy to cross the harbor to town so we busied ourselves cleaning. I transferred all the fuel and water from our jerry cans to our tanks with the idea of filling the jerry cans in the next few days. Then we worked on stainless steel for the remainder of the morning. At about 2:00 we went to shore and I ended up playing bridge again and Kathy chatted with the basket weavers. We watched some four on four volleyball before heading back to the boat.
At about 4:30 we took the dinghy to Sand Dollar Beach for their weekly party. There were about 50 in attendance and lots of food. We chatted with some of our neighbors who are from Iowa and are home schooling their kids on board. We also reacquainted ourselves with Dave and Joan from "Next Dimension" whom we had not seen since Annapolis in September.
Before returning to Sapphire, I ask Craig from Tilt to stop by in the morning walk me through to process of downloading GRIB (weather) files.
Elizabeth Harbour is really a long wide channel between Great Exuma and Stocking Island. The Harbour is about 7 miles long and between a mile and a mile and a half wide. The town of Georgetown is located on the northern side of the harbour on the Great Exuma.
Although there are about 5 perfectly protected anchorages located in tiny little bays, they are filled to capacity early in the season. The vast majority of the boats are anchored in 5 locations in the harbor itself: Monument Beach (sometimes referred to as Hamburger Beach) Volleyball Beach, where most of the activities take place (and there is a little bar / restaurant, and Sand Dollar beach. These anchorages are all on the north side of Stocking island and follow one after another. There are also lots of boats anchored off Georgetown on the other side of the harbor in Kidd Cove. In all there are currently something like 250 boats.
There are all kinds of activities besides volleyball, bridge and basket weaving that I have mentioned. There is choir, softball, jewelry making classes, bridge classes, clubs, dominoes, bocce ball, beach golf and countless other things to do....
Most of the people are between 55 and 65 but there are a surprising number of younger folks with families too. There are a number of large resorts in the area and so the area is not entirely inhabited by boaters.