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The “mailboat crew” aboard Froggies dive boat. Left to right: Fred (author), Mike, Dave, Jim, Phil, Jack and Don. We also took the Froggies boat to Great Guana Cay, 12 miles to the north in the Sea of Abaco. The event was Pig Roast Sunday at Nippers, the famous watering hole on a bluff over the Atlantic Ocean beach. Our bunk beds onboard Legacy.

exploring the lengths of Great and Little Exuma Islands, spending our last Georgetown day on popular Stocking Island, where the “sailboat fleet” congregates and plays on the beach. Later that day, we would fly to Nassau and return to Potters Cay for most of us to catch the M/V Fiesta Mail to Freeport. Phil and Jim departed for home during our third trip to Nassau, leaving Dave and I and the two youngsters, Mike and Jack, to catch the last mailboat, this time to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. A fast ferry would take us home to Florida from there. M/V Fiesta Mail is the largest of the mailboats and her paint job is a floating advertisement for the industry. This mailboat can carry over 400 passengers and is set up with a large indoor lounge with airline style seats and big screen TVs, an outdoor lounge and a snack bar. Unlike the ideal evening departure with a morning arrival,

Waterfront Condo off the ICW Pompano Beach, Florida

this boat left in the early afternoon on Feb. 25 and would arrive in Freeport very late the same day. It didn’t work out that way, demonstrating once again that mailboat travel demands flexibility! We knew arrival in Freeport would be dicey as far as accommodations upon arrival were concerned. Expecting to arrive before midnight, we had hoped just to stay on board until morning. But the boat was late and expected a quick turnaround, and our plan wasn’t possible. Upon arrival about 3am, we were homeless again! Enter Winston and his bus! For the second week in a row, we arrived in a dark

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Southwinds May 2019  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds May 2019  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...