Long Island Regatta

After our excursion to the Jumentos Cays, we had full intentions of continuing south.  But…we headed back to Salt Pond, Long Island.  Our party had split; s/v Lutra and s/v Rainbow Connection traveled to Georgetown while we remained in the company of s/v Nila Girl, and s/v Night Hawk.  En route to Salt Pond, Brian and I comprised a hefty “to-do” list and we were determined to complete some unanticipated projects while we had the help of our friends and access to local resources at Salt Pond.

And so we returned just in time for the Long Island Regatta; which, of course, made it tremendously easy to focus on work!  This is an annual fundraising event for the Bahama sloops of Long Island.  Cruisers coordinate the Long Island Regatta with their own, friendly race.  Cruisers who are located in Georgetown organize a regatta which begins at Georgetown and ends at Long Island.  This year there were 67 cruising boats that competed in the regatta and easily another 20 cruising boats that followed the racers just to join in the fun.  Here they come around Indian Hole Point!IMG_8236

As the cruisers round Indian Hole Point, sailing teams at Salt Pond prepare the Bahama sloops for the regatta.IMG_8242

Salt Pond is infused with energy as local sailors prepare to race.  Onlookers gather at the regatta park site to enjoy the regatta while contributing to the fundraiser with their purchases of cold drinks and Bahamian foods.

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Brian, Genna, Ray, & Colleen

Brian, Genna, Ray, & Colleen having a grand ‘ol time!

 

Bess & Ani get acquainted

Bess & Ani get acquainted while Ashley has a moment to take a peek at the regatta.

 

Gary, Cathie, & John give us the scoop on good eats

Gary, Cathie, & John give us the scoop on good eats.

The Bahama sloops are great fun to watch and I’m sure they are even more fun to sail!IMG_8257IMG_8258IMG_8245Following the regatta, during the next few days there are a multitude of activities awaiting the cruisers who have just arrived at Long Island.  The Long Island Breeze Resort hosts the cruisers; providing a daily VHF net for weather and local information, dinghy dockage, internet access, laundry facilities, etc.  The Long Island Breeze Resort facilities several of the island activities and also hosts a Welcome Party Happy Hour for all incoming cruisers and an Awards Dinner for regatta participants.  The Office of Tourism arranges bus tours of the island enabling cruisers to get out and about to see all the fabulous sights Long Island has to offer.  All the while…the crew of Rode Trip will be hard at work getting ready to make a move once again.

Get This Party Movin’

The great thing about cruising with friends is that everyone can move their homes to a new location and once arrived you already know your neighbors.  But first, you need to coordinate a plan…

Tania & Jamel check-in with Patti...and then...

Tania & Jamel check-in with Patti…and then…

...Jamel & Tania bring the planning session to Rode Trip

…Tania & Jamel bring the planning session to Rode Trip

Patti joins the chatter...

Patti joins the chatter…

...and Ashely, our champion freediver, trains for her next competition
…and Ashely, our champion freediver, trains for her next competition

Ani is game for the day's plan

Ani is game for the day’s plan

 

A hearty breakfast does a sailor good!

Three variations of lobster quiche and banana muffins topped with chocolate pudding for dessert

Three variations of lobster quiche followed by banana muffins topped with chocolate pudding for dessert

 

IMG_8212 IMG_8213And it’s off to the races!  We sailed from Flamingo Cay to Water Cay.  It was another wonderful day and yet again Rode Trip had an opportunity to fly double head sails.  This time light winds called for a combo of our fee flying genoa and hanked-on party dress.

s/v Nila Girl lookin' good as she departed the anchorage

s/v Nila Girl lookin’ good as she departed the anchorage

s/v Night Hawk stayed just ahead...

s/v Night Hawk stayed just ahead…

s/v Rode Trip LOVES this double head sail rig!

s/v Rode Trip LOVES this double head sail rig!

Water Cay was amazing!  Once again we relaxed, hiked, and went on a snorkeling-fishing excursion.  Nothing quite beats the Jumentos Cays, especially with good company!

 

Ani’s Beach

Welcome to Ani’s Beach (aka Flamingo Cay)!  Brian and I headed to the beach first thing during our first morning at Flamingo.  We made a campfire ring, gathered some firewood, and pitched our backpacking tent to provide Ani some shade.  We wanted the scene set so that everyone could enjoy the beach throughout the day and into the evening.

Ashley & Ani

Ashley & Ani

IMG_8139That day everyone explored and relaxed…

Ashley & Ani visit Grandpa Don

Ashley & Ani visit Grandpa Don

Me, Tania, Ashley, & Ani hiking with Shellee (our photographer) to the shrimp pools...and beyond!

Me, Tania, Ashley, & Ani hiking with Shellee (our photographer) to the shrimp pools.

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Red shrimp, or should we say...appetizer?

Red shrimp, or should we say…appetizer?

The fishing posse returned!!  And they were successful!IMG_8153

Ren stands by while Bailey inspects the conchs

Ren stands by while Bailey inspects the conch

Brian & Jamel with their hogfish

Brian & Jamel with their hog fish

Ray & Genna

Ray & Genna

What a spectacular spread for supper at Ani’s Beach!

hummus, risotto, coleslaw, couscous salad, collard greens, cornbread, and of course cookies and s'mores for dessert

Hummus, risotto, coleslaw, couscous salad, collard greens, cornbread, and of course cookies and s’mores for dessert.

Ray, Ren & Brian fire up the grill

Ray, Ren & Brian fire up the grill

Jamel, Brian, & Ren - these boys love bugs!

Jamel, Brian, & Ren – these boys love bugs!

Tania braves Ray's spicy grouper

Ray unveils his spicy grouper

 

hogfish

Hog Fish seasoned with sour orange, salt, & pepper

Winding down after a stellar day…Ray, Jamel, and Ren share a jam session, unplugged.IMG_8180

Shellee, Genna, & Brian

Shellee, Genna, & Brian