Picture this – people coming across protected Elizabeth Harbour in wet suits and foul weather gear! It gives you an indication of just how windy and rough it’s been here now for weeks. Today the wind is gusting to 30 knots (60-70 kilometers), and no sign of letting up.
So-o-o the result for us is we aren’t sailing anywhere far. Yesterday we sailed in slightly less wind and very rolly 3-foot high waves from Red Shanks around Stocking Island and back to Elizabeth Harbour. It looks like we’ll be staying in this area for the rest of the trip, unless the weather changes dramatically. We didn’t see another boat on the water in the Exuma Sound (Atlantic Ocean side).
The cruising community of over 400 boats is responding to this enforced “stay-at-home” situation by making it fun right here – there are tons of activities being organized – kind of an adult Summer camp. Tonight there’s a trip by water taxi into George Town to attend the Music Heritage Festival, and tomorrow an excursion to a lovely restaurant for lunch and a tour of Great Exuma. This will be a chance to meet our cruising community, which I’ve been wanting to do. So it may not be much of a sailing trip, but it’s certainly a vacation, and still great to be away from Winter!