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Bahamas Flotilla 2016

January 2016

About 25 of us from the DC area sailed together in the Abacos for a beautiful week aboard 4 yachts, two catamarans, and two mono-hulls. Great wind for sailing, fantastic snorkeling and plenty of beach time.

This week was timed (almost) perfectly. I say “almost” because we missed the snow storm that hit the DC area, but many of our flights were canceled getting back home! If you are going to be stuck somewhere for a few extra days, it might as well be in the Bahamas!

All made it home safely after the airports were back in service.

We were able to re-connect with Capt. Angie, who has been teaching in the Abacos all winter. We were glad to sail with her for a few days. A bittersweet time though: We had a special memorial for “Cricket” on Tiloo beach. If you have been to our base in Maryland, you probably have met Angie’s dog Cricket, who was her special sailing companion and our school mascot. Cricket passed away during our flotilla.

Our sailors were able to get some fun heavy weather experience. Our first day, while leaving Marsh Harbour the winds filled in to over 35 knots! This made for a quick exciting trip to Hopetown. The wind moderated nicely for the rest of the week.

Our skippers dove for fresh fish and lobster that was shared with the group. Congrats to Phinehas, who brought up the most fish. Roger won the most conch award, keeping us in conch fritters and conch salad during the trip. A special thanks to Mary who prepared the fresh seafood. Maybe it was because we were eating in the cockpit of a 45′ Catamaran, but her dishes sure seemed better than any of the local restaurants.

Of course, Nipper’s is always a highlight, with beautiful ocean reef views that overlook the ocean. My fish buger was fantastic.

My family got “stuck” in Nassau for a few days after the flotilla, waiting for a flight into BWI. The time was well spent! Extra beach time, swimming and exploring the island was a welcome addition to our vacation.

We are all looking forward to our next island adventure!

– Capt. Jeff

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