Still hangin’ out in George Town, doin’ the George Town Shuffle, as it’s called. Elizabeth Harbour is huge – about 1 mile wide by over 5 miles long. Who the heck decided that this was the ideal spot for hundreds of boats at anchor out in for weeks, with cold fronts, squalls & generally breezy weather? As the wind builds and/or clocks around, many boats shuffle about the harbour looking for protection, while some don’t want to give up “their spot” so they just stay & take it. Of course, high winds or squalls cause boats to drag anchor, which only adds to the fun.
For a few mild days we had a great spot up very close to Monument Beach in shallow water, no one in front of us, with the 40 or so other boats well-spaced on each side & behind us. Another boat even stopped over in their dinghy & joked that we were the envy of the anchorage with such a great spot. That soon changed! This 50′ sailing cat anchored very close to the beach, off our forward bow – not great, but clear of us. 20 minutes later they suddenly began dragging about 75′ to alongside of us. We yelled over “You’re dragging!” The captain stuck his head up & said “Don’t worry – I didn’t set my anchor – it will set itself”. WONDERFUL! While his anchor did seem to have now caught, we’re both swinging at different intervals & sometimes only 15′ apart. Twice I told him (no need to yell anymore) “I don’t think this is going to work”. Finally after a few close swings he agreed & retrieved his anchor – Yeah!! Wait … what … now he’s re-anchoring about 75′ directly in front of us! Oh yeah, the guy who thinks it’s fine to let his anchor “set itself”! With the wind remaining in the same direction & increasing during the night, we gave up & just moved.
Our next anchorage: That little speck in the middle is us. In a harbour of 300+ boats, we found a spot with no other boats for 1/2 mile – probably because this entire side of Crab Cay is very shallow. We draw 34″ & our rudder was brushing & smoothing off the nice, sandy bottom at low tide.
In between shuffling around the harbour, we’ve been enjoying friends, happy hours, lunches, dinners, paddleboarding, kayaking & some of the annual Cruising Regatta activities. This year, we joined our friends Chris & Erin on the Poker Run. Poker Runs are often high-speed boats racing around to collect cards at different stops. As Erin pointed out, this is more of a pub crawl – we just dinghy slowly around the harbour stopping off at different restaurants & beach bars, picking up a card at each venue. The winning poker hand wins a bottle of rum. We didn’t win, but had a great time!
Our time here is coming to an end. We’ll be soon looking for a weather window to slowly begin our trek north once again.