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April 30, 2010 – Georgetown, Bahamas update:
Family Island Regatta, in it’s 58th year – where all the bahamian sailboats get together to represent their island communities and see who has the best team and boat. It’s a lot of fun to watch. The crew goes out on 2 x 8″ boards off the side of the sailboat to ‘weigh it down’ – quite a site for sure! What goes along with Regatta is a lot of partying – drinking, music, great Bahamian food – more drinking, more music, etc. etc. Georgetown turns into party town during Regatta week.
We arrived here just before Regatta started, so we couldn’t leave before the biggest event in the Bahamas, now could we? And besides, Georgetown cruising community has so much for us to do, see, experience right here – there is no getting bored in Georgetown. At 8am sharp every morning, we are all greeted by the Georgetown Cruisers net on channel 68 where volunteer radio announcers and weather men direct the net, welcome new boats, give vital information about local businesses and even more important information about what time to be at Texas Hold Em Poker, or volleyball on the beach…..just to name a couple of activities.
We were fortunate enough to meet and get to know one of the Bahamas premiere sports reporters, Julian Gibson, who invited several of us to join him at the Family Island Regatta private skippers parties where we got to meet with the Chairman/Commodore, Danny Strachan. Several of the ladies in our group had their picture taken (below) with Mr. Strachan
We met some wonderful new friends – I started to name them all by name – but there are too many – I hope that one day we will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy their company again.
We have also reconnected with several friends from earlier in our trip and look forward to getting to know them better.
Looks like we have a few more unplanned days here in Georgetown as we wait for the weather to change in our direction and the seas to calm to give us FAIRWINDS AND FAIR SEAS for our passage further south.