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Christmas at Black Point, Exuma, Bahamas

 

Christmas at Black Point, Exuma, Bahamas

Our second Christmas in the Bahamas, but this one is turning out to be the most memorable. We brought this little Christmas tree down to the boat the last time we were down, its the perfect size for the boat, about 2 feet high. I have it tie strapped to the air conditioning vent, and it won’t budge, even while heeled heavily under sail. I have it plugged into the AC socket in the galley, and every time we turn on the inverter, generator or are on shore power it lights up.  The little sailboat ornament was a gift from Emily Searle, I don’t know where she got it, but we love it! The candles are battery operated and go off on a timer after a few hours. You’ll find many boats decorated for Christmas all over the Bahamas and Florida this time of year.

We also brought down a few gifts for the kids and one I must admit was as much for me as for them. I purchased a pretty high quality metal detector for beach combing. We are now equipped to look for treasures on the beach, including those long lost by the Pirates of the Caribbean and maybe some of their gold coins they may have buried.

On Christmas eve, Paul from Fortune’s Favour had the great idea of calling Santa Clause on the VHF radio, after a few attempts he was successful! Santa answered and had a very interesting conversation with the children, he explain to the children where he was, and that he was having a very busy night and could not talk long. But not to worry he knows where the boat is and he will find us! It was an amazing way to cap of the day.

Yesterday while exploring the island we met many friendly locals that live here. Lorraine who owns and operates her own restaurant named after herself invited us to join her, along with other cruisers and many locals for their annual Christmas Dinner at her restuarant. This was a pot luck dinner, everyone would bring a dish or two, and we would all enjoy Christmas dinner together. Roxane made Turkey, salad and muffins. Together we enjoyed those along with fresh grouper fingers, ham, mac and cheese, coleslaw, corn, mashed potatoes and many other tasty dishes.

The best part of the day was the many Christmas carols sung together, and a little dancing and socializing. I think we will have to make this an annual tradition. What better way to spend Christmas in the Bahamas but with good friends and friendly Bahamians and cruisers alike.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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