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Published: March 27th 2009
This is not the Bahamas
Time out while skiing in Ellicottville New York during visit home.
Without a doubt, this has been one windy winter in the Bahamas! We are currently waiting for weather to start north, and hopefully will start heading up the Exumas tomorrow, with a goal of getting back to St.Marys Georgia about the middle of April. We plan to leave the boat again this year in St.Marys, and spend the summer home in Guelph.
In addition to it being windy, it has been cold. We’re not complaining as we know it’s been pretty harsh up north, and certainly the weather has been much more pleasant here.
Since we last wrote, we have been hanging out in Georgetown. March is an exciting time to be in Georgetown . This year there were approximately 300 boats here by the time regatta started.
When you look at the pictures attached, you’ll see two that seems out of place. That’s tones of our family skiing. We did go home for a week, and got to do some skiing, in Ellicottville New York. Every year Sharon’s family has a weekend get together in Ellicottville so we were able to plan going home at the same time. We were missing our family and granddaughter, so this was
Sandercott Original Family
Great to spend weekend with family and extended family.
a nice winter diversion. While we were home we also got the news that our daughter Dawn is expecting her second child, so it’s very exciting. We will have our second grandchild this fall! I also got to see many friends from work.
While we were home our friends from Guelph, the Ganders came and stayed on our boat in Georgetown. I think they enjoyed a week here, and it was certainly helpful to us to have someone taking care of our boat.
Prior to the start of the Regetta, we rented a car with Double Wide and Ti Matou and toured Great and Little Exuma. This is something we had not done during our prior trips to Georgetown. It was a really enjoyable day, as there is so much to see here that we can’t get to from the boat.
When we got back to Georgetown, our schedule really started to fill up with the work up and events of the Georgetown Cruising Regatta. This year we participated in lots of events including, golfing, sailing races, scavenger hunt, golf, and music. We come home this year with lots of new flags from events we were successful
Doug playing with choir at Beach Church.
in. Also this year, I was involved in many of the music events. I played in a band called “Folks on Boats” that participated in the Bahamian Music and Heritage festival, and the Cruising Regatta. The windup of the regatta, is the variety show and I was in several of the acts of that show. All that participation paid off as Doug was the performer from the variety show who won a snorkel trip. Another new experience as we had a great time touring, exploring and snorkeling in Exuma in places that we didn’t know existed, or couldn’t easily get to.
At the end of the regatta, Sharon’s brother Brian and his wife Karen visited us for a week. They spent part of their time on the boat, and part of their time at a nice resort called St.Frances. It was great fun showing Karen Georgetown and Exuma. Brian had been here several years ago so he already knew how terrific it is here. It was so much fun having them here, and finally paying them back for some of the time we spend at their cottage.
This winter we have been hanging out with two boats, Double Wide,
View from Batelco Tower
At other side is the Four Seasons Hotel at Emerald Bay.
and Ti Matou, both catamarans. It’s easy to see why so many cruisers choose catamarans, as they are perfect for cruising in the Bahamas. Our friends from Double Wide are Americans, and we look forward to attending their daughter’s wedding this summer, plus we hope they come and visit us in Canada. Bernard and Claude from Ti Matou are from Etobicoke, and we cruised with them when we were out in the 90’s.
So it’s time to start home, with lots to look forward to at home. Steven graduates from University of Waterloo engineering in June, so that is really something to look forward to.
We should be back to Guelph about May 1st so hope to see you all soon.
Sharon and Doug
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