March 16, 2009
We have been in Georgetown for almost a month. The time has been flying and we think this is an amazing place in so many ways. First of all, the opportunities are endless to make new acquaintances and it so easy to fall into the habit of getting together with cruising folks almost every day. There is also a lot of space for solitude and quietness.. The beach is miles long and the shrubs provide shelter from the winds along the trails. The colours of the water continue to mesmerize us . In Georgetown there is no lack of entertainment amongst the cruisers. Especially during the regatta week , the calendar gets packed and it reminds us how life was in our working lives. But instead of beating the traffic and the snow, we have get-togethers on the beach, under the palm trees and the beautiful ocean colours are wherever we look. And lots of fun in the activities: joining a team in a competition to build sand sculptures, volunteering in a coconut harvest race, playing in the band. We went in the sail boat race around Stocking Island and another in Elizabeth Harbour. What an adrenaline rush from the excitement of the close boats, winds, and waves. The healing of the boat was certainly more than any of us have ever experienced, the result of lots of sailcloth and strong and gusty winds. We did well (a second and a third) and got two bottles of rum(one of them we lost in the sea) and flags. The “Non-Talent”show, started the regatta week and it took place on Volleyball Beach, by Chat and Chill, the regular hang-out for cruisers. Here cruisers showed of all their musical and theatrical talents in an outrageous and hilarious show which got standing ovations from the 200 of us spectators, all cruisers. Tonight the regatta week will end with a Variety Show (23 acts) and it is expected to be a entertaining as the first one. Don has joined a group of "musicians "who will perform with a few songs. Tomorrow we will be leaving Georgetown and heading north again. We don’t have time left to proceed father south so Long Island will have to wait until next year. We will take time to explore some of the keys we missed going south and we look forward to snorkeling and fish and maybe catch another Mahi-Mahi. Our little grand-daughter, Jasmine, is growing every day and keeps her parents awake, so they are now well into the joys of parenthood.