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Christmas Pot Luck
12/25/2011, Warderick Wells

There was a cruisers pot luck dinner at the Land and Sea Park. It was nice to see some of the people I have met along the way again and meet people who I have heard on the radio and finally get to meet in person. Loads of food. If these people are cooking this kind of food one their boats..... I am doing something wrong.

December 24, 2011
12/24/2011, Hawksbill Cay, Northern Exuma

Actually sailed today. Left Nassau Harbor and motor sailed for awhile. Then as I was able to head south past Yellow Bank, I was able to sail..... Great sail >7.1 no seas to peak of. Spending the night in Hawksbill Cay before heading to Warderick Wells tomorrow. Some thoughts.... Other than the obvious, I have been asked many times why I thought this trip has been so much different than the last one. After much thought and reflection, I have been able to come up with at least one reason. I am not sure if it's because I have changed or it's the different cruising crowd here that I have met or maybe even because it's the "holidays". There seems to be just more of a sense of community here. People genuinely care about your welfare and well being. At least the people I've met so far. Not just passing acquaintances. And that makes all the difference in the world. Not sure if that made any sense . But it does to me While I was writing this I was sailing between Nassau and the Northern Exumas, heading to Hawksbill Cay. I was sitting in the nav station. and I heard the reel start to whine. I hooked a fish. Before I could get up to the cockpit, whatever was on the line, stripped off all 500 feet of line and then broke it. The reel is empty. Line, lure everything. I don't know what it was, but it had to be big and FAST.

Nassau Update
12/23/2011, Nassau

The week went fast. Spent a day searching for a new VHF antenna and some cable. Not to be found on this island. Ended up hiring an agent in Florida to gather the items and send them here. Too bad he didn't put my cruising permit number on the package, because it cost me 45 % duty. After two trips across the island to locate the package, I finally got my parts.l What a waste of 3 days. But the radio works.
Leaving for parts south on Saturday. Probably Shroud Cay then Staniel on the way to Georgetown.
Anchoring here is a mess. The tide trumps 23 knots of wind. Boats lying stern to the wind. Boats drifting around their chain. Spent one who night fending off boats. No one wanted to move. Was hit a few times by one boat. I went over to them in the morning and told them, "if we have to meet again at 2 in the morning, I drink Rum and diet coke". They moved. Must not have any rum on board.
Hope you all have a happy, safe and peaceful holiday.

12/23/2011 | Ron
Safe travels Al. And happy holidays to you! We fly north in the morning.

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