Saturday, April 07, 2007

Bimini to Georgetown

On the 21st we headed of to Staniel Cay and tried to anchor near the Yacht Club but it proved a bit tight so moved to Big Majors spot instead.

This is the home of the “Thunderball Grotto” featured in the James Bond movie “Thunderball”. Entering the grotto at midday on a low tide proved impossible during our stay. However, we did enter later in the day at low tide and it was fantastic. Can’t imagine the beauty at high noon with the sun shining into the grotto from directly above and lighting up the whole place.

The local bar was cool with pictures of Sean Connery and the rest of the cast during their stay. A school of dog sharks lived in the shallows by the marina’s fish cleaning tables and provided quite a spectacle every day also.

Sailed off on the 26th towards Georgetown and overnighted in Big Galliot Cay to break up the trip into day sails. Also we need the right current to get through the cut into the Atlantic. Next day we motored through the cut and beat down to Gaviota Bay on Stocking Island across the bay from Georgetown.

We felt a twinge of regret having bypassed so many great anchorages but were concerned about the oncoming hurricane season and wanted to be in or around a safe anchorage.

Georgetown itself wasn’t anything special but, as nice place nonetheless. In Gaviota itself was the “Chat’n’Chill” bar and restaurant. It was swimming distance from our boats and happy hour was definitely an event not to miss. Once a week they also did a bbq suckling pig that was delicious.

There were only 6 or 7 boats in the anchorage and we became good friends with two of them. Carlos, from Colombia, on “Chantigo” and Bruce, Veronique, and daughter Sabrina, from South Africa, on “Wanderlust”, and others who were passing through to the Dominican Republic for the hurricane season.
After a few weeks of beach barbeques, parties, fishing, snorkeling, diving, and the lobster – the season began on August 1st – we decided to get moving to the DR and wait out the hurricane season in safety.


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