13 January 2019
Elizabeth harbour is home to Georgetown, which is the hub of the Exumas. The harbour is formed by 3 mile long Stocking Island on the eastern side and the big island of Exuma on the western side, with the main anchorages in the lee of Stocking Island. The town hosts the annual cruiser’s regatta in February when there are as many as 300 boats in the harbour. The local cruiser’s radio net is hosted daily by volunteers who keep the sailors informed of all the news and activities going on in the area.
When we arrived on Thursday afternoon we anchored at Monument beach in order to visit with friends for the evening. However, it is over a mile dinghy ride to the town Center so, Friday morning we upped anchor and relocated as close to the Center of town as possible for our provisioning. Shopping here is unique, there is a small lake in the Center of the town, accessible only by dinghy as you enter through a small tunnel under the road. Once in the lake there is a large dinghy dock with free drinking water sponsered by the food market and a dock at the gas station for diesel. While Bev shopped and did laundry I schelped 80 gallons of water, 20 gallons of diesel and 5 gallons of gas back to the boat. Once all our chores were done and the garbage disposed of we headed back across the bay and reanchored at Monument Beach.
There were numerous squalls in the area again on Saturday so we cancelled a planned hike on the island and spent the day lazing around and reading. So far Sunday has been a fabulous day, warm and sunny with a light breeze, just enough to keep the bugs away while on shore. We took the opportunity to hike around the Island beach and climb to the top of Monument hill, oxygen not required, elev. 65’. There are so many activities happening daily, so this evening we headed off to trivia night at the St. Francis YC.
Our plan for the next few days is, no plan, we’ll wait to see what the weather does before we move on. FYI, we had steaks from Bev’s fish on Friday evening. Delicious!!
Today’s picture is an old dock overlooking the anchorage.