21 February 2018 | Black Point, Exuma. Bahamas
As mentioned in the previous blog post, Georgetown has all the conveniences a “live-aboard” needs- groceries, water, liquor store, restaurants, shops. I say this with a smirk on my face because these conveniences may not be what you are imagining- “water” involves taking our 5-gallon containers for a mile-long dinghy ride, getting in line, filling them from a hose at the public dock, bringing them back to the sailboat, & partially replenishing our fresh water tanks. Returning to the boat means going against the wind/waves which = spray over the bow = arrive soaking wet. That’s ok, but with clean laundry or groceries.....well, you get the picture. Everything is a bit harder.
We left Georgetown (and our dear friends the Swain’s) on Tuesday in 5-10 ft steep waves & 8-22 kt winds heading to Cat Island. (I was NOT happy, but John thought it was great- and I get points for not throwing up 🤢🙏. Cat Island was awesome! A beloved priest by the name of Father Jerome built his retirement home here on the highest hill in the Bahamas (206 ft) in the 1960’s. He has since passed away but visitors are welcome to visit “the Hermitage”.
Exploring “New Bight” at Cat Island included a visit to Olive’s bakery and a well-earned shower at the public bathhouse-( plenty of privacy and fresh water!).
All the water on these islands is from reverse osmosis, and free water is precious! We’re usually soaping up off the back of the boat ( fyi- Joy detergent is the only soap that suds up in salt water), and doing a fresh water rinse from our sun shower on deck. It works.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Old Bight on Cat Island and joined a cruiser's Pot luck at Rollezz Resort. People brought instruments and lots of singing & laughing, including John seeing the green flash of a magnificent sunset! Too much fun.
Every move here is dependent on weather, and while our plan was to get to Salt Pond on Long Island, plans changed. We made it to Hog Cay on Long Island, but with predicted high winds and waves approaching, decided to cross the Atlantic back to the Georgetown area ( Emerald Cay Marina). Again- shower & laundry access, walked around the nearby Sandals Resort, and made dinner reservations! Woot woot! My inner carnivore was satisfied with a $36 4-oz beef tenderloin meal. Doesn’t take much!
Moving further north to Black Point have us an awesome sail in 18-22kt winds and following seas- 5-7 ft waves, two “almost” fish catches ( broke the line on 20 pound test, and got off of 80 lb test). We’re picking up my sister, Jane, & brother in law, Ben, in Staniel Cay on Friday- spending 4 days on the boat with us.
The picture is my view today, doing laundry. “This doesn’t suck” has become our new motto.
Hoping Jane can give us some tech help uploading video from the Go Pro..... the turtle & dolphin videos make me so happy.
Laundry is done- going for a swim at the little secluded beach we found-
Meet us there!
Take care family & friends! We miss you!