Month: February 2016

Spring Break in George Town

We had such a good time in George Town. And it was totally unexpected. For many cruisers sailing the Bahamas (mostly snowbird retirees), George Town is the final destination. Lacking desire to push on toward the Caribbean, these folks settle here for the winter and form a community cemented by daily group activities and annual special events. It’s sort of like summer camp on boats, for the AARP set. We were pretty sure it wasn’t going to be our bag. Sailing into George Town harbor for the first time, we were completely overwhelmed. After cruising for seven weeks in relative seclusion, suddenly there...

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Laura and Stan’s Paradise in Pipe Cay

There’s an ongoing fantasy game that Brian and I play as we hop from one uninhabited island to the next. It’s called If This Was My Island (and if money was no object), What Would I Do? Sitting on remote beaches, I describe details of imaginary guest cottages, the perfect little restaurant, and the type of food I’d cook for my guests. One morning in Pipe Cay, we met a couple from Oswego, NY who once sat on the beach and saw an opportunity to build their own version of paradise. And they went for it. Laura and Stan...

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Pipe Creek and Compass Cay

Anchored in deeper waters of Pipe Creek next to our friends’ boat Selah, the first thing we did was grab our snorkels and jump in the water. We typically dive our anchor to ensure it has set, but this time we also inspected the keel of the boat, following our little incident just up the creek. The anchor was sufficiently buried, and our keel and rudder were fully intact. Big sigh of relief. We used the remaining daylight hours for exploring a bit of Pipe Creek, hoping to find conch or lobster. That was a bust, but we had fun...

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The Glamorous Yacht Life: Running Aground

Tuckered out from the festivities of the 5F, we raised our sails early the following morning and waved goodbye to Little Farmer’s Cay. Another cold front was headed our way, and we’d selected a less traveled spot called Pipe Creek for ducking in to hide. Leaving the cut at Farmer’s heading north, we settled into a faster sail than expected, which brought us in ahead of schedule. Showing up early isn’t a good thing when you’ve planned to anchor in the deeper waters of high tide. It became soberingly clear that we were in a bad situation that required negotiating shallow waters in places where charts are of little...

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Party Time at the 5F in Little Farmer’s Cay

Several times throughout the year, Bahamian sailors from all over gather to compete in a series of regattas featuring traditional boats each hosted by a different settlement or town. We’d been hearing buzz about one such event known as the 5F (Farmer’s First Friday of February Festival) on Little Farmer’s Cay, and we couldn’t wait to check it out. Sailboat races? Beach parties? Island culture? Don’t mind if I do! Anchored in the harbor adjacent to Ty’s Beach Bar we had a front row seat for all of the festivities. We reunited with friends Allison and Bo on s/v Selah (last...

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