10 April 2016 | Georgetown
We spent a few days in Pipe Creek snorkeling and seeing the sights, and walking over to the beach to collect seaglass. We took the dinghy up to Compass Cay. Back in the 90's when we were here it was just a start up with proprietor Tucker Rolle just getting things off the ground with a single dock and some small guest houses. Sometimes these Bahamian enterprises start strong but seem to fizzle out. This one has done very well, however, and Tucker now has several docks with room for megayachts and a marked channel in from both the sound and the banks. He has a restaurant, store and many other amenities. One downside to the anchorage we were in is that there is a lot of tidal flow and commonly the wind is against the tide. The boat really dances around in those conditions. We were waiting out a frontal passage with the wind clocking around from the south to the west and northwest, and a squall came through with strong NW winds against an outgoing tide and we broke the anchor out and started to drag. As usual it was raining cats and dogs and the wind was about 40 knots, and we were doing the anchor dance with 3 knots of current and shallows and reefs all around. We got the anchor up quickly and then just held station until things settled down. Thank goodness that didn't happen at night or it would have been much more difficult. The next day we pulled out and rode the north wind all the way to Georgetown, 56 miles in 8 hours. That is about as fast as Allegria can go. We had the fishing gear out and had one strong strike that broke off the line, but no further action. When we arrived in Georgetown there were still many boats at anchor, despite many having already left. It really must have been a madhouse when they were all here. Since we've been here we fueled up, topped off the propane, bought a few groceries and got rid of garbage. Yesterday, we took a dinghy ride over to a place called the Fishfry, which is a collection of beach restaurants a little north of Georgetown. We had a great lunch at Shirley's and a few beers. We've also been doing our normal routine walks on the beautiful beach on the sound side of Stocking Island. The wind is up again for a few days and then we plan to head down toward the Jumentos and Ragged Islands. Hopefully Monday or Tuesday will be good travel days.