Super excited that our friends, Matt, Jessica, and cruising kitty, Georgie (sv/Serendipity), have joined us in Georgetown! After a grueling three months of repairs to their boat in St. Augustine, FL they are finally enjoying the sunshine and clear waters of the Bahamas. Hooray! Rode Trip and Serendipity will travel the outer islands of the Bahamas together.
We began our trip on a blustery day with north-northeast winds blowing 15-20 knots. It was cloudy and chilly when we waved goodbye to the Exumas. Rode Trip set out with one reef in our main sail and the gib. We moved along nicely at 5.5 knots – 6 knots.
Here is Serendipity on their way through the North Channel cut.
Seven-hours and 37-miles later it had been a long sailing day for us compared to our Exuma half-day sails. We were refreshed that the clouds had cleared and the sun came out along our way although the temperature hadn’t increased. We had a beautiful view of Long Island; rolling, green hills were a change in scenery from the brown, barren islands of the Exumas. Approaching Thompson Bay we were received by a welcoming committee of five dolphins swimming in the bow. Thompson Bay is a huge area; we were able to anchor under sail and we will be well protected from forecasted east winds.
In Georgetown the local hailing channel is 68 and occasionally cruisers will make announcements or ask questions of the anchorage on this channel. Recently there have been Dolphin Alert announcements because there is a pod of 3 dolphins that have been spotted regularly in the harbor. The rumor is that the dolphins are friendly and sometimes allow swimmers to approach closely.
When we heard a dolphin alert on the radio in our area we headed up on deck to see how close to us the dolphin actually was.
The dolphin was slowly swimming circles around the boat anchored next to us. I quickly pulled out the snorkeling gear and Stephanie headed back down below to get the camera. Our friendly neighborhood dolphin seemed as curious about me as I was about him and he continued to swim circles approaching within a few feet of me.
After viewing each other eye to eye I began swimming back to Rode Trip and my new friend decided to follow me home. As the dolphin swam even closer Stephanie pulled out the underwater camera and handed it to me.
The dolphin stayed in the area for the next twenty minutes turning over in the water and scratching his back on the sand getting a good view of Rode Trip from every angle. I suspect that the dolphin was sleeping and enjoying the calm harbor water. It was finally time for me to get out of the water and head to town. The dolphin followed our dinghy all the way into town until the water got to shallow. It was exciting to have a “pet” dolphin for an hour.
We’ve had a fantastic week at Georgetown spending quality time with Mark, Marta, Roan, and Alec aboard Por Dos. It felt like we were just getting in the swing of our day to day activities (swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, kite flying, cooking, exchanging precious cargo, and even dancing!) when once again it was time to part ways. We have a bit more exploring to do in the Exumas while Por Dos begins to make tracks toward the Dominican Republic, where we hope our paths will cross once again. We bid each other farewell while enjoying a delicious meal prepared by Chef Roan; his latest specialty, shepherd’s pie.
Road Trip is northbound once again, eagerly awaiting the arrival of some very special visitors…