There are about 250 cruising boats here. It is considered a low year. Past years the count was 500 boats. People have said this is because not many Americans are here due to the economy.
We woke up at dawn, listened to the weather on our SSB (single side band) receiver and then headed 38 miles south to Georgetown from Little Farmer’s Cay. We began sailing under genoa and main sail. By afternoon we were passed by some Norwegian friends on Adela, so we rose the spinnaker but still couldn’t catch them! A cold front was closing in behind us, and as we entered the harbor the sea went still, so we motored into the anchorage by Monument Hill just as the front brought gusts of wind from the north.
The next morning we introduced ourselves on the Cruiser’s Net, a hour-long VHF program of weather and announcements. We plan to do some more socializing and have already met a few people to hang out with.
Volleyball Beach, the cruiser’s headquarters, is owned by the restaurant/bar Chat and Chill. They do not allow you to bring food or drink onto the property anymore, but otherwise the cruiser’s seem to still have a separate clearing in the trees where they can play volleyball, do yoga and read books.
Across the harbor is the entrance to town. Through the bridge is the dinghy dock- connected to free water, the grocery store (Exuma Markets) and a wonderful library with the best selection we have seen in the Bahamas! It is nice to have this convenience all around us again. We look forward to spending a month here relaxing, visiting with family and participating in the the Cruising Regatta!