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Long Island was a first for us. Up until then, we had been revisiting all our old cruising grounds. Naturally, I was feeling excited and a bit anxious about sailing to a new-to-us place. But first, a few more pictures from Georgetown.

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Feeding conch bits to the rays on Chat n’ Chill beach.
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A rainbow over Elizabeth Harbor
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Sunset in Georgetown.

Luckily, we met sv Fairchild in Georgetown and the kids enjoyed having new playmates. So when Bethany and Jesse expressed interest in sailing to Long Island, we were thrilled.

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Fairchild over for a playdate.

We left Crab Cay in the morning after some fussing with the secondary anchor (thanks, Jesse!), then off, with the sound of the conch horn. By 10:30, the engine was off and it was an easy sail most of the way until we got closer to Thompson Bay. The waves started to build up and it got uncomfortable, but that was short lived. By 3:30pm, we anchored in the lee of the land and the waves settled.

The next morning, Fairchild arrived and anchored nearby. Tig did some much needed engine maintenance and changed the composting head. Such is cruising life, there’s always a long list of things that need to be done.

The best part of Long Island was renting a van together with Fairchild and exploring.

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We were told that this abandoned church was a must see.

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Dean’s Blue Hole, where some swimming and hiking happened.

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All around the island, we saw boats that were blown in. Long Island was hit hard by Hurricane Joaquin.
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Mostly it was a fun day for the kids to hang out.

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The beach near Adderly Plantation.

We found that Long Island was similar to Eleuthra in it’s ethos. More laid back, and more of a sense of the local life there. Georgetown, to us, is a necessary evil. A place to get topped off on water, fuel, and any services needed, and also to make connections. But, for us, the real fun cruising happens elsewhere.

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