Hello everyone. Here is your first of several updates from our trip in the Bahamas. I boarded the Stray Cat around 3:00 yesterday. Captain Mark had just arrived an hour prior running on 5 ½ hours of sleep in two days, after sailing 12 hours a day or more to meet us here on time. I helped the captain with a few repairs on the boat…well I mostly watched but I helped a little. I met my first white Bahamian, Captain Tony, a native of the Island. As we waited for the rest of the pirates to arrive, we drank rum and cokes and I listened to Tony and Mark tell stories of life on the island and past charter trips.
David, Peggy, Jared, Ben and Zach arrived around 8:30 and we had dinner at the Poop Deck, an open air restaurant at the Marina. I had the Conch Critters, Conch soup and a Kalik beer, the official beer of the Bahamas. After dinner, we all headed back to the Stray Cat…everyone was pretty tired from traveling so we all fell asleep pretty early.
After buying groceries this morning we sailed out to Rose Island, a small uninhabited island just a couple miles off the coast of Nassau. On our way there we passed the real Gilligan's Island (also called Sandy Cay) that they showed in the opening credits of every show. Unfortunately, it's privately owned so we couldn't actually go on the island. After anchoring at Rose Island, we did a little snorkeling and swam to the island to do a little exploring. After a couple hours of snorkeling and swimming, we then sailed to Athol Island. On our way there we passed where they filmed the movie The Blue Lagoon. We will be anchoring here tonight and then heading back to Nassau tomorrow to pick up Wendy and Michael who are friends of Peggy's from Santa Barbara.
Having a great time so far. We are grilling up some ribs and vegetables for dinner tonight and then relaxing on the boat with some rum and wine. Speaking of that, the ice in my drink is melting so I'm signing off. Til next time….
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