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Stranded in Georgetown


Hello friends.

You might have sensed the frustration building among Dan and I from that last post.  We  continue to wait for that right wind to blow so we can get on our way to the Dominican Republic to help out with the orphanage. We’ve been in Georgetown, Bahamas since January 1…waiting.
Georgetown is filled with cruisers almost entirely over 55 years. There are very few “young” sailors like Dan and I. I used to think it was because they were simply boaters were who had careers, worked, retired and then bought a boat. But after 11 days waiting for wind, it dawned on me that might not be the case. I’ve started wondering if these sailors were once young just like us, headed around the world, but then got to Georgetown and have been waiting ever since.

Well two days ago we decided we had waited long enough. Wind or no wind we were going to sail! We pulled anchor and set off into the wind. Just having the sails up again was invigorating.  We were moving again. Not very fast, but moving. To sail into the wind you have to tack- basically zig-zag back and forth at steep angles into the wind. Well after a good 15-20 miles of sailing it was clear we were not making any ground. So… back to Georgetown.

But everything happens for a reason, right? When we got back to our little colony of boats, Dan had to replace a light at the top of the mast. He got suited up and shimmied his way up. Fixed the light and came back down. “We’ve got a problem,” he said. “Look at this…”

Dan handed me the camera he carried to the top of the mast. I looked at a couple strips of metal. “Now zoom in…” The picture he took was of the metal strips that hold the “stays” or support lines for the mast. As I zoomed in, the crack became clear. It was split all the way through. If that piece gave, the support lines would have come down and if the sail was up the mast would have too.

Count your blessings I guess. Yes we’re stuck here in Georgetown… but better here than in the middle of the ocean. At least here we have a community of retirees to do yoga, play volley ball or Texas hold ’em with. Now the hard part: finding a piece of metal, reinforcing the support and getting all of that done in time for the winds that are predicted to clock around over the next couple of days.

Keep your fingers crossed would ya? For the parts, for Dan and I… for the children. 🙂

I’ll keep you posted.


1 Ellen Antill { 01.12.08 at 12:42 pm }

Yeah, what a gift that you guys has to return to Georgetown. Enjoy this relatively sleepy season . . . the children will still need you when you get there. At just the right time.

2 Imatraveller 2 { 01.16.08 at 4:15 pm }

Everything DOES happen for a reason. I’ve started playing the lottery so i can help support your cause. I’ll let you know when I hit the big one and you’ll get to The Dominican eventually. I’m sure of it!

3 Jonboy { 01.17.08 at 10:57 am }

Don’t worry buddy, every cruiser has to do their ‘Georgetown’ time! Fingers crossed for that cold front and a good trip to Luperon, love the site (Dans crap at updating his!) Peace

4 David { 01.17.08 at 11:11 am }

According to my calculations:
You set sail November 31 = Mile Zero. As of January 15 you are in Georgetown, Bahamas = Mile 310. This means you are averaging 6.45 miles per day. You have posted 9 posts in that same time equaling one post every 5.3 days.

The earth is 24,901.55 miles around at the equator, this is assuming a straight line. Yacht racing defines a world circumnavigation to be a passage of at least 21,600 nautical miles in length which crosses the equator, crosses every meridian in the same direction and finishes in the same port as it starts. At your current rate of speed it will take you 3861 days and 772 blog posts to accomplish your task. I suggest you speed it up a bit.

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