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Merry Christmas from the Bahamas!

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Although we are here and not sending out Christmas cards or doing the usual holiday visits, spending time with friends and family back home, you are all in our thoughts and we hope everyone is having a great holiday season.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17th to TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18th — DAY 118 to 119 (Hanging out at our new favourite place, the Marsh Harbour Marina)

We have settled into a routine and seem to be using the Marsh Harbour Marina as our base these days.  It’s a lovely marina. The town of Marsh Harbour is just a short bike ride or dinghy ride away. Best of all, we have made some great friends here.

Clearly have outdone myself with this years Christmas decoring

Clearly we have out done ourselves with this year’s Christmas decorating

The beautiful Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room Restaurant

The beautiful Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room Restaurant

View of sunrise from Silver Maple during morning coffee

View of sunrise from Silver Maple during morning coffee

Randy learing to play dominos with new friends at the Marsh Harbour Marina

Randy learning to play dominos with new friends at the Marsh Harbour Marina

The boat next to us called 'Dawn Treader' has a boat pet too!

The boat next to us called ‘Dawn Treader’ has a boat pet too! Cody the cat on watch in the morning

Our boat pet

Our boat pet

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th to THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20th — DAY 120 to 121 (Snorkeling in Sandy Cay and anchoring at Lynyard Cay)

On Wednesday, we head out with two other boats of friends from the Marsh Harbour Marina — Debbie, Dennis, with their daughters Tara and Tessa, and dog Eli, on ‘Promises Kept’, and Sharon and Peter on ‘Kankita.’ It is a perfect day.  We sail to Sandy Cay where we dinghy over to the reef to do some snorkeling. Afterwards we anchor just off of Lynyard Cay close to a beautiful beach.

'Promises Kept' and 'Kankita' next to us on the way to Sandy Cay and Lynyard Cay

‘Promises Kept’ and ‘Kankita’ next to us on the way to Sandy Cay and Lynyard Cay

Leo enjoying the trip

Leo enjoying the trip

BOAT TRIP Marsh Harbour to Lynyard Cay and Back 046

Great day for a sail. ‘Kankita’ and ‘Promises Kept’ in front

Captain checking the sails

Captain checking the sails

We put up the big sail -- first time since we left Lake Ontario

We put up the big sail — first time since we left Lake Ontario

The next day we spend the morning on the beach and then head back to Marsh Harbour. It’s another beautiful day for sailing, but bad weather is moving in so we want to get back into harbour before it arrives on Friday.

Sunrise over Lynyard Cay

Sunrise over Lynyard Cay

Gorgeous beach with the boat anchored nearby

Gorgeous beach with the boats anchored nearby

The group on the beach

The group on the beach

Leo and Eli enjoying the beach

Leo and Eli enjoying the beach

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21st to SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22nd — DAY 122 to 123 (Back in Marsh Harbour)

Friday was windy and stormy. Glad we are back in harbour.

Today, Saturday, is nicer, but it has cooled down to the 60s. We finish up Christmas shopping. Lee does some baking. In the evening, we join friends at the end of the dock for sunset cocktails. Once the sun drops below the horizon, it is tradition to sound the conch (pronounced ‘conk’) shell horn, which Ron from ‘Dawn Treader’ demonstrates.

Sunset cocktails

Sunset cocktails on the dock

Ron blowing the Conch horn

Ron blowing the Conch horn

Randy consoling Leo, who is afraid of the Conch horn and starts barking at it

Randy consoling Leo, who is afraid of the Conch horn and starts barking at it

Tomorrow (Sunday) plan is to head over to Great Guana Cay to go to a pig roast at Nippers, which is a well-known bar and restaurant here. Monday we will return to the Marsh Harbour Marina and stay here for Christmas. Jackson arrives on Boxing Day on the 26th to stay with us for the week. We are really looking forward to seeing him!

3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from the Bahamas!

  1. Hey there, Skipper (and crew as well). Mike here. Like a fresh breeze to receive your message.

    Great looking climate. You are the 2nd mate of mine to get this ocean itch. These other 2 have reached NZ on their “round the world” quest. Next Cape Town via Darwin and Indian Ocean. They are in a 37 foot Creelock. But the Beneteau is such a great, comfortable cruising boat. Physics 101 all over again.

    We are going to Russia in May, all private driver and guide, then Vienna & Prague. If you are interested, then hey, let’s talk. You will be back by then, and ski season will be over.

    Anyway, everyone looks healthy and in fine spirits – Jackson certainly looks like his father’s son. Best of the season to you and yours.

    A & M

  2. Hi all

    I have been trying to send you email Christmas greetings but for some reason but the emails are not going through on either email address. We hope you had a good Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year!

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