We are finally in George Town, anchored in Elizabeth Harbour, just off the settlement. My heavens, so many cruisers! There must be three to four hundred boats here scattered between three large anchorages on Stocking Island, across Elizabeth Bay from George Town, the Red Shanks anchorage a bit south of the settlement, and the anchorage we are in. Many more boats than we want around us, but we’ll probably stay in the area for three or four days. We have to plan our next move before venturing off, and then we’ll hope the weather is right.
After a night at anchor in a little bay on the west side of Big Galliot Cay … a truly idyllic spot … we watched a lovely sunrise and sailed off with a single reef in the main. We had a brisk sail on a broad reach in a northeast wind of 17-20 knots and had to hand steer because the autopilot couldn’t adjust quickly enough to hold the course with a 6-8 foot swell coming at an angle with the wind. After a time, Penelope decided she wanted to try the helm, something she’s been reluctant to do in general, and she had a great time once she got the feel of it. She steered a more consistent course than the captain, so she may find herself assigned helm duty more often.
Making good speed (six to seven knots), we entered the Marina at Emerald Bay two hours by sail north of George Town on Great Exuma Island and got tied up in a slip by noon. At 1400, Ruth and Neil came down to the boat and we began five days of shore leave.
Alas, too many good things end. We bid farewell to each other after breakfast at the resort on Thursday morning, March 11th, Pen and I packed off the left over food, and we set sail for George Town at 1130, while Neil and Ruth packed there things to catch an early afternoon flight back to New York. We had the wind on our nose for the two hour trip to Conch Cut, the entrance to Elizabeth Bay, and we didn’t get anchored until 1430. Expecting mail forwarded via UPS, we went in on the dinghy to see the agent in George Town. The package was delayed in Nassau because customs thought there were import items in it, but one hopes it clears and arrives in a day or so. We celebrated our arrival at the Peace and Plenty Hotel pool bar, and great little sheltered spot overlooking the bay, then while Pen shopped in a boutique, I went back out to the boat, picked up our empty propane tank (we have two), and took it back in to the UPS agent, who also handles propane.
Today we washed salt off Alizee, Pen made apple sauce and fresh salsa and cleaned the interior. I went in a signed us up for internet and picked up the propane. Still no UPS delivery, so I'll check again tomorrow.