|Sand Dollar Beach in Georgetown. Our last anchorage there before finally getting away.|
After almost 6 weeks in Georgetown, we have finally managed to tear ourselves free. It is amazing how hard it was to break away. The siren’s call of a secure anchorage with a built in cruiser’s community was hard to ignore. I guess that is why so many people make Georgetown their permanent winter home. Add to that the promise of at least several days of upwind, into-the-sea sailing, and leaving Georgetown is a difficult thing to do.
We never intended to stay nearly as long as we did. Our first three weeks were filled with visits from my parents, and then my trip back to Alberta to work. We followed that up with what we thought would be some routine boat maintenance. Unfortunately, that led us to order some new parts for the boat, including a replacement hub for our Outback power system, and a new macerator pump for our starboard head. It’s funny, we could easily have gotten by without either one, but the delivery times said 3-5 days on the websites when we ordered, so we figured we would go ahead and get them. With customs, Christmas, and the apparent difficulties of getting parts on a flight from Nassau to Georgetown, though, it took more than two weeks to get them both.
|A boat from Owen Sound, near where my Dad grew up. We stopped by and met the really nice people on board, who were in Georgetown for the winter.|
|There are quite a few Windsongs out there. This one was a big cat.|
|That broken prong in the Cat 5 connector is what was causing our problem.|
The rest of our time in Georgetown was spent getting to know the cruising community. The morning “cruiser’s net”, a VHF roundup of the day’s activities, became Sara’s new “favorite TV show”. Listening to all the cruiser’s announcements about volleyball games, potluck dinners, church group meetings and dinghy raftups was a solid daily dose of entertainment. We even used it to ask for help with some minor issues on the boat a couple of times, and sure enough, both times we had responses right away. People loaned us their tools and expertise without a second thought.
|Having fun with friends in Georgetown.|
|Alexander pumping up the dinghy to get us ready to go across the bay for laundry day.|
|Watching for shallow water as we make an early morning pass through the Hog Cay Cut.|
This is an amazing spot. It is a marshy wetland , consisting of a deep spot for anchoring in the middle of drying mud tidal flats all around. It, too, has a remarkably shallow entrance, and coming in yesterday at low tide left just a few inches under our boat. Despite being exposed to the wind, it is wonderfully flat and calm, being protected from the waves by its shallow entrance.
|Dollar Harbour at high tide. The mud flats get a lot closer to the boat at low tide.|
|Sunrise over Dollar Harbour.|
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