The downtown parties are something to be seen and heard. About a week before the races, the vendors begin to erect their “shacks” along the waterfront of Regatta Point Park, right next to the shipping docks. The shacks sell fish, conch, salads, macaroni, breads, cookies, pastries, and of course, beer and rum drinks aplenty. The music starts up right about noon and continues until around 2AM – nonstop and LOUD. There were three big sound stages all playing the same tunes together, so Bring your ear plugs! We met several locals at these shacks and found them to be the easiest people to strike up a conversation, and we always received wishes for a good day and a good sail home.
If you had the time and the inclination, there were party events every evening at the Navy base just to the north of town. Unfortunately, Joy’s access to the docks was limited to 3 hours either side of high tide because the docks, like almost all docks in the Exuma chain, are very high up, and at low tide, you have to climb like a monkey to reach the dock. That is just a little more than Joy, or just about any gal for that matter, can handle. The mega yachts had no problem.
In order to have good access to the town and the events, we chose to dock at Exuma Docking Service, the only marina in Georgetown. If you ever head to Georgetown, you should only tie up at this marina if the winds are out of the north, west, or southwest, unless the trades are below 15. If the prevailing trade winds are much above 10 knots, you are in for a rough ride at the docks, and you will have a bear of a time getting away. As you can see in this photo above, I chose to back in so I would have better maneuverability when it came time to leave. That decision saved our bacon because the day we left, the wind piped up to about 20 knots before we could get away, and even bow out, we still had a heck of a time getting away from the dock.
As part of our entertainment we got to watch a crew raise their sunken boat. I guess they got carried away celebrating on the way back from the racing as they sunk the boat before they realized what was happening. It was quite a process getting it afloat, and it took the better part of an afternoon to get it back to the dock. Oh, that big mega yacht in the photo above?. Yup, that’s the one. He should have had the Explorer Charts on board.