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Published: January 2nd 2009
Christmas is over, and as I’m writing this, it’s New Years Eve. We’re anchored in Elizabeth Harbour just off of Stocking Island, and have been enjoying the holiday season here, with our family. Steven arrived on December 20, Dawn Paul and Ella on December 22. It has been a wonderful holiday, (even if the boat is a little crowded), and we know we are just about the luckiest people in the world!
In our last blog we were half way down the Exumas, in the Bahamas Land and Sea Park. We got stuck there a little longer than we had hoped, and we were starting to sweat it , that we wouldn’t get to Georgetown when Steven arrived.
Finally on December 11th, with good weather we left Wardwick Wells, with the intention of stopping at Blackpoint, and hanging out there for a few days, before heading down to Georgetown. We chose the little Bay next to Blackpoint to anchor, and spent the afternoon exploring a deserted beach and the the remains of a resort, that only got half built. The next morning we woke up to a weather report advising us that the weather was again going to turn
bad, so we left Blackpoint and sailed down the banks to Cave Cay, out into the sound and on to Georgetown, arriving in record time. Although we had very strong wind, it was in a favourable direction, and I don’t think our boat has ever gone that fast. We arrived in Georgetown about 2:30pm on December 14th, and were greeted by about a dozen dolphins as we entered the harbour. We always take dolphin sightings as good luck, so we think they were telling us we are going to have a fantastic winter.
We spent lots of time last winter in Georgetown . It is a very cool place, with lots of other boaters, and a fantastic place to spend Christmas. When we first got here this year, there were about 35 boats, now there are 90 boats and growing.
Georgetown is a very special place for boaters at Christmas. It’s nice to be in a community with other people at special times like Christmas. Without the commercialization, shopping etc. it is more relaxed, and the cruisers all get together to do things that are fun and memorable. On Christmas eve we had a get together on the
beach, sang Christmas carols, read Christmas stories, and even had a dance. (by special request from the French contingent) I helped out with the music, something I always enjoy. Some of the boats with kids made up some really cool songs about Christmas, and cruising. On Christmas day we joined DoubleWide (the boat anchored behind us) for Christmas dinner.
We have also been diving, kayaking, playing lots of volleyball, swimming and beach walking. Quite a good life! It’s been nice visiting and catching up with Steven’s life (He’s very busy) and we really enjoyed having him here. He left yesterday, and is now back getting ready for his last semester of school. Dawn, Paul and Ella are still here until Sunday so we get to spoil Miss Ella for a little longer. Ella seems to really like the sand and the beach life, and even has been kayaking!
So far we don’t have any company coming this winter, so after Dawn, Paul, and Ella leave on Sunday, we are planning on heading further south to the Jumento Islands, Long Island, and possibly Cuba, before coming back to Georgetown at the end of February. Believe it or not we
are heading home to Ontario for a week at the end of February to go sking for a week. We’re not sure what we’ll do with the boat that week, but maybe we’ll just leave it on a mooring ball in Georgetown.
2008 has gone super fast for us and it has been wonderful. We’re looking forward to 2009 being just as good, and we wish you and your family a healthy and happy 2009.
Happy New Year
Sharon and Doug
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