Retirement to Bahamas

Mike and Judy have been sailing for some 25 years. We have dreamed for years about retiring and sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean. We are living our dream!

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22 January 2011
So we're back in Georgetown but do not intend to spend as much uninterrupted time here as we did two years ago. It's a great place with all kinds of things to do but it's more like a "summer camp for cruisers" and there's a lot more Bahamas to see.

Nevertheless, we are glad to be back here and anchor in almost the same spot where we spent five weeks two years ago; Sand Dollar Beach. We understand that there are around 200 cruisers here although this number can swell to up to 400 at the height of the season in early March.

The town of Georgetown is a bustling and industrious place; the centre of attention for cruisers is Exuma Market which is well stocked with provisions and surprisingly inexpensive by Bahamian standards. The trip across from our anchorage to town takes us across Elizabeth Harbour which is often quite rough so we have to be prepared to get wet as we dinghy over.

We have lots of fun in the week we are here; visiting boats some of whom we've met others are new acquaintances. Judy goes to an art class and music practice for the church choir. We do some beach hikes, swim, putter and relax. There is a dance at the central beach bar called "Chat and Chill" put on by one of the cruising couples and it's a lot of fun. We go to beach church which we loved the last time; it's casual but relevant and meaningful. It's great to go to church with shorts and bare feet.

We are invited to join a couple we met a few days earlier in Farmers' Cay. They are a British couple and turns out they own a yacht design and manufacturing company in England. They are sailing on their latest creation; a fifty foot catamaran. Talk about an impressive craft!

I've been having computer problems; specifically with the wireless aerial which I use to accentuate the signals coming from wireless sites. Up to now this had worked very well and allowed us to pick up internet at anchorages which the internal aerial one would not. Anyway after much frigging I gave up on it but had some fellow cruisers try to help to no avail. I bring my gear into town to the J and K Enterprises; that tiny "internet café" which is pictured in my blog from two years ago. Julius the proprietor is very clever but after two sessions, he confirms that the aerial is broken. So, looks like I'll have sporadic and occasional connections only for the rest of this season.

We thoroughly enjoy our week here and will return to Georgetown as a "home base" during the winter but there's a good weather window and we decide to move on for a while.
Vessel Name: Sea Sharp
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter Legend 37.5
Hailing Port: Douglas Harbour, NB, Canada
Crew: Mike, Judy and Chopin (the boat cat)
Mike will be retiring in September 2008 after a long and rewarding career with the civil service in New Brunswick, Canada. I will end my career as President of Service New Brunswick, the "single window" service delivery agency for multi-jurisdictional government services to citizens and businesses. [...]
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Preparing for Retirement Trip

Who: Mike, Judy and Chopin (the boat cat)
Port: Douglas Harbour, NB, Canada