Heading to the Five Fs
29 January 2019
We decided to delay our planned departure from Georgetown for a couple of days due to a forecasted cold front that was to sweep through the area on Monday. We had expected to leave on Sunday and head north for the 5F regatta in Little Farmers Cay but decided to wait a couple of days. There were numerous severe weather warnings out for Florida and the NW Bahamas so we figured the prudent thing to do was stay further south in milder weather. It was difficult to stick to our guns as numerous boats left the harbour northbound in a beautiful breeze on Sunday morning. However, we had made up our minds to stay so we relocated to an area of the harbour that would give us good westerly protection when the front rolled through.
There were 200 boats in Georgetown harbour but we chose an out of the way anchorage right in front of three small resorts in Goat Cay. We anchored 300 yards off their beautiful little beach which is about a mile from downtown. Since it was our anniversary we decided to treat ourselves to dinner on shore that evening and headed in to one of the restaurants. Our arrival for dinner reminded me of an old tv commercial where the hero emerges from the surf. We dinghied into knee deep water, threw out the anchor,waded ashore, put on our shoes and walked into the beach front restaurant to the amusement of the patrons.
Monday morning we were on the go fairly early to get the last few errands done before the weather went downhill. We dinghied into the town center in search of a few more fresh veggies and a couple more jugs of water. After visiting with some friends we headed back to Dagny to close things up before the rain arrived. Fortunately for us the strong winds were all north of us and we never saw anything over 20 knots as the wind shifted from SW all the way around to the north. The rain squalls were a blessing as the boat needed a good rinsing and by dinner time all was calm.
We left Georgetown at 7 a.m. Tuesday under cloudy skies for the 35 mile trip to Rudder Cay. The wind was out of the north so we had to motor sail into lumpy seas all the way, but we still made good time and we had the anchor down by 1 p.m. Fisherwoman struck again, however, it was another barracuda which we released. We just witnessed a beautiful sunset while being serenaded by a few conch horns to mark the end of another day. Tomorrow we’ll move up to Little Farmers Cay and stake out a good anchorage for the next few days.
Today’s picture is a buterfly Lee Stocking Island.