The Barefoot Man
19 March 2017
St. Patrick's Day in the Bahamas is just like many other places in the world. Everyone wears green, there is a parade, someone sings "Danny Boy" and of course, there are lots of refreshments. The differences are the parade is billed as the shortest parade, 450 feet long, Danny Boy is song by an off key Scotsman in a kilt married to a Bahamian girll, but green beer is always green beer.
The highlight of the day was a free concert by The Barefoot Man who played at Nippers Bars on Guanya Cay, a 20 minute ferry ride from Marsh Harbour. We took the 10:30 ferry over and walked around the very picturesque town, which is home to two beautiful resorts and numerous small shops. The Barefoot Man, a legend in the Carribean, has come north to play at St.Patrick's Day for the last 17 years. He has a huge following among cruising sailors and would remind you of Jimmy Buffet as he plays some of his original classics such as; "That's a Moray" and "A Thong Gone Wrong". We all had a great time and took the 4:45 ferry back to Marsh Harbour; however, we just missed the parade but had a memorable day just the same.
We spent Saturday morning visiting with various friends and trying to decide where we would go for the night. Marsh Harbour is nice but we wanted to anchor somewhere quiet and swim. After a brief shore visit for a few supplies we headed out with "Our Diamond" in search of a good anchorage. We've settled in a quiet bay where we can kayak, snorkel and relax for a day or so as a small front rolls through. After that, who knows?