Calm at Last
25 January 2019
The strong winds that started blowing on Monday evening finally abated late Thursday afternoon and by Friday morning the anchorage was flat calm. The wind was sustained at over 25 knots most of the time with gusts well into the 30s, despite being well protected we were getting a little tired of the constant noise and tugging of the anchor snubber. Fortunately, our little group faired well as we were all securely anchored with ample space between the boats. Quite often when it blows hard some anchorages become very rough, stranding people on their boats for days at a time. This certainly wasn't the case at Lee Stocking, luckily we could come and go at will. Although our snorkeling activities were curtailed we managed to hike a couple of hours most days as the weather remained hot and sunny.
However, as much as we enjoyed our stay, it was time to get out of Dodge as soon as the conditions moderated. Friday morning dawned calm and clear so we upped anchor and headed back to Georgetown to resupply. As is often the case there's either too much wind or not enough, well today was a day of not enough wind so we motored the 20 miles to Georgetown. We arrived shortly after noon and immediately went into re supply mode. By 5 p.m. we had restocked the fridge with fresh fruit and veggies, filled the propane tanks and hauled 70 gallons of water back to the boat. ( Santa may be asked for a watermaker next year)
After a very productive afternoon we treated ourselves to a burger at one of the local restaurants that overlooks the water. Choppy Waters is a popular local character who has reopened his restaurant on the second floor of the Exuma Yacht Club with a spectacular view of the harbour. The house special is a beer and a Really Good burger for $10, and it's worth every penny. While we were waiting for our food we were entertained by 4 or 5 black tipped sharks that were eating the scraps of fish thrown in the water by a local fisherman.
We should finish up with the last of our provisioning by noon tomorrow and we will study the weather to figure out where to go. The current thought is to head north on Sunday with the thought of attending the 5 Fs festival in Liitle Farmers Cay next week.
Today's picture is of the angry ocean, taken from one of the beaches on Lee Stocking.