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Cruising Georgetown in 1996

The last time Amelia was in Georgetown, Exumas was 1996.  Cruising felt like a vacation every day and playing with friends on volleyball beach took up most of her time.  Here are some glimpses of how things looked back then, and now 16 years later in 2012.

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Still lush and sandy, Amelia’s family brought home a bag from the straw market.  Later, we tried our talent at making baskets for Easter.

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

The market is still there today, only with different designs than her mom’s decorative cloth lady—more colored straw and animal print and many knick knacks for sale too.  Amelia picked out a small basket laced with two colors of Androsia fabric (from the Bahamian island of Andros).

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

The dinghy dock was always soooo crowded! Sometimes it was hard to find a spot.  It was fun to climb over dinghies to get to the dock, passing groceries or clean clothes to one another.  Sometimes we would count then just to see how many people were in town!

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

2012-  The dock is not as crowded.  Instead people spend their time at Stocking Island on the other side of the harbor and just come into town for a few hours to run errands.  It has free water so you can fill your jerry cans without even lifting them from your dinghy.  Of course, now I have to worry about things like water!Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Ice cream and a popular ring game were among my priorities (let’s be honest, ice cream is still up there).  My parents would get the groceries from Exuma Market while we played and ate coconut ice cream—my favorite.

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

2012- no ring game.  Now we sit on the benches with a free wifi connection and eat our ice cream.  Then we get the groceries ourselves!

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Lots of snorkeling from the dinghy!!  Tons of beautiful fish everywhere.

2012-  There are still some good snorkeling spots inside the harbor, but some places people say not to swim due to years of pollution from boats in the harbor.

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

A hike through palm trees and scrub to the monument on top of the tallest hill was a fun day activity.  Then down the hill to the beach on the ocean-side.

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

2012-  Still a beautiful hike with a breathtaking view of the harbor (if you know where the path starts)!  Now, notice my friend on the left wearing a pink regatta t-shirt?  Well, cruisers design and vote on the shirts every year.  I remember in 1996 your design could only have three colors.  Here was the 2012 t-shirt, in pink of course!

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Winning or chairing a regatta event earns you a flag.  There are many events to be a part of over the two weeks of festivities.  It is all organized by the cruisers, mostly those who return year after year.  Think of it as a summer camp (or student counci).

2012- The flags are still much coveted.  We didn’t get any though!

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Sitting in town with our straw purses.

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Cruising Regatta Kid’s Game: finding change in the sand.  This year I’m not sure what the kid games were like.  We competed in the Adult Coconut Challenge (see previous post).

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

Regatta games.  What a fun place to be a kid.  Today there are many more resorts and bars built where cruisers used to play.  This new atmosphere has slowly grown on us, and just being around so many cruisers you feel part of a community is fun and unique.

Cruising Georgetown by Velocir

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About VELOCIR

Velocir is and Albin Vega 27 built in 1973. She has been redone and outfitted for world cruising by her owners Grant and Amelia.

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4 thoughts on “Cruising Georgetown in 1996

  1. Love it, love it. love it. What a beautiful woman you’ve become – all grown up and on your own boat now. enjoying cruising and the cruising community of Georgetown. Wow. Love, Mom

    Posted by Mom | March 14, 2012, 18:30
  2. Love these photos, old and new! I made so many great memories there with you! I sure wish my hair was still that blonde though :)
    Amazing to see you revisiting all these places

    Posted by Heather | March 14, 2012, 19:50
  3. oh what a wonderful post traveling back along memory lane! Love the pic of you and grant sitting on the same wall :) thanks for sharing! <3

    Posted by Emily Willard | March 15, 2012, 10:36
  4. This was a marvelous post!! I love the pictures and memories and the comparisons. I can’t believe it’s been 16 years!! How wonderful that you are doing that adventure now and, again, with a loved one. Thank you for sharing. Love Aunt Sandy

    Posted by Aunt Sandy | March 15, 2012, 12:43

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