Nassau Bound

Trip Start Mar 22, 2010
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Trip End Jun 05, 2010


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SV Beltane

Flag of Bahamas  , Exuma,
Monday, March 22, 2010

Arrived Georgetown at 6:15 pm, cloudy and humid but nice to feel the warmth again. Peter Mais was at the GT international airport with mum and dad to pick me up and then we went to Peter and Maggie's rental condo for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Kayla and Kelsey were there too and appeared to be enjoying themselves again in the sunny south.  We got back to the boat and had some soup and off to bed early…( long day for me… my day began at 4:30 am this morning which was actually 3:30 am here in Bahamas… so I’m pretty tired….)
Monday March 22, 2010

Arrived Georgetown at 6:15 pm, cloudy and humid but nice to feel the warmth again.  Peter Mais was at the GT international airport with mum and dad to pick me up and then we went to Peter and Maggie’s rental condo for drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  Kayla and Kelsey were there too and appeared to be enjoying themselves again in the sunny south.  We got back to the boat and had some soup and off to bed early…( long day for me… my day began at 4:30 am this morning which was actually 3:30 am here in Bahamas… so I’m pretty tired….)

Tuesday March 23, 2010

Slept like a log and woke up to a Cloudy and warm day.  I woke up to hear the Georgetown Net on the VHS radio…. What this is, is like a community channel for all the boaters who are here. First Greg comes on the VHS like a radio announcer with his rubber chicken Neil who squawks and then they have boaters arrivals and departures, the weather and business announcements and community and boaters general, where boaters who have things to share or sell can come on and make an announcement.  The business announcements are the townspeople of Georgetown who announce the activities in town… Capt Ryan has fresh fish he sells off the Government dock daily, Mom’s bakery sells fresh baked goodies across the street from the Exuma Market and she gives free hugs.  There are also laundry services, propane etc.  For the new boaters, it’s certainly good to hear after their travels from Nassau.   There were 146 boats reported today anchored in and around Georgetown.  There is always a thought of the day, which ends the broadcast and then the VHF is a flurry of activity as people get on and call each other either for advice or just to chat.   Everyday there are activities going on and everyone is invited.  So tonight over on Hamburger Beach there is an ARG meeting where people bring snacks and drinks and get together… when I asked what ARG stands for… Dad said alcohol research group… boaters have quite the sense of humour down here!  Our ABC t-shirts were a hit…We went to the ARG meeting and then left and went over to meet Ken and Connie on a boat called OZ and their two friends from Toronto, Dan and Ruth.  Ken blew the conch shell at sundown.  We went home and had our spareribs and had an early night. 

Wednesday March 24, 2010

Woke up this am at 6:30 to hear Chris’ weather report (SSB 4045 on the ham radio for anyone wanting weather information on the entire Western Atlantic.)  Looks like pretty nice weather for the next few days so Dad is thinking of leaving on Thursday and heading towards Black Pt.    Dad re-hoisted the jib today and later today we will go up the hill to the monument, over to Volleyball beach to check out all the activities. They have Volleyball (of course) dominoes and cards.  In the mornings there are yoga/pilates classes as well.  Then we have been invited to Serge and Marie Claire’s new houseboat, named Cantelope.  Serge and Marie Claire are off the sailboat La Détente which is home in Quebec.  Mum and dad met them at the yard where they kept the boat, and then again when their engine didn’t work, Serge came to their rescue with 5 other Quebec Zodiacs to push Beltane to anchor in Nassau Harbour in December 2007.  Serge and Marie Claire flew down this year and stayed on their houseboat.  There used to be 5 houseboats that people could rent from the Exuma Market but now have all been sold to French Canadians.  These boats were all named after fruit (Papaya, Mango, Cantelope, Tangello and Pineapple )  and they are kept on moorings in Hole #1 which is now nicknamed the Fruit Bowl.  Someone got on the VHF one day asking why all the French Canadians had fruity names for their boats.   So it was explained to him that these boats were all named prior to their purchase.  I’ll take some pictures so you can see the fruits in the fruitbowl…The fruitbowl reminds me a lot of Douglas Harbour on the inside of the Bar, except for the palm and tropical trees.   Tonight there is a dance at Volleyball beach at a place called the Chat n Chill… Rockin Ron is the DJ.  We had a hamburger, fries and a Kalik.  We sat with a man off of China Rose, a Washington DC boater.  His first time here.  Interesting place to say the least… Happy Birthday Heather! 

Thursday March 25, 2010

Left Hamburger Beach (Georgetown) at 7:10 am ( Iguess the reason it’s called that is because you can buy a hamburger at a little restaurant on the beach)  and headed out in the Sound (Atlantic) which was a bit rough but not uncomfortable minus a few rollers… the waves were about 2-4 ft and were from E of SE.  We went by Rat Cay Cut, then by some rocks named the 3 sisters.  We decided to come onto the Exuma Banks via Galliott Cut between Galliott Cay and Cave Cay, instead of Little Farmers Cut as previously planned.   It kind of looks like a lower version of  the White cliffs of Dover, so we’ve nicknamed them the White Cliffs of Galliott.  Once onto the Banks, I saw a long sand bore from far away, off in the distance with nothing else around for miles.  The Banks are quite shallow and shoals appear often, which is why it’s very important to have charts and that you read them… We then went to White Point where we saw the huge Osprey nest and then had a quick swim off the boat.  Dad decided to continue onto Black Point where we will stay overnight and then head towards Staniel Cay Friday around supper time.  Staniel Cay is only 7 nm so it should only take an hour or an hour and a half…. This is where the gratto is…(James Bond-Thunderball was filmed here and we can go into the cave at slack tide and snorkel around….That will be awesome… )
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