We’re back on the St. Croix river, basically. With tides. And clear blue saltwater. And bikinis on December 31. And beach volleyball. And exotic fish. And cruisers from all over the world. Oh, and bikinis on December 31.
How does George Town resemble the St. Croix River, our local stomping ground? The area is:
- About 7.5 miles long and 1 mile wide. Roughly the size of the St. Croix from Bayport to Afton.
- Is more or less protected between two shores.
- Requires moving from anchorage to anchorage to get the best, most comfortable protection from different wind directions.
- Is least protected from the NW and SE.
- A town on the shore provides cruising provisions.
- During peak season is flooded with hundreds of boats.
After Arriving Thursday we had time to anchor off Sand Dollar beach (#1 above) to get protection from the howling Norther which arrived yesterday. After the front passed the wind clocked around more easterly so we snuck in close to Monument Beach (#2) to get flatter water.
Our neighbors include our Canadian friends on Folly, Adamante 1 and Pisces. It is expected there will be 300+ boats in the harbor by the end of February.
Anchoring should get interesting as boats do the “George Town Shuffle” to find advantage in the wind. We are fortunate Endeavor can usually sneak into shallower water where the keel boats dare not. Even the large catamarans usually have fixed keels preventing them going too shallow.
On the beach in front of us we have mini Cliffs of Dover, of soft sandstone…
… and untracked white sand beach swept by each tide. Endeavor is closest to the beach and we’re still in more than 12 feet of water.
Access to free fresh water, fuel pumps, groceries and other supplies in George Town is in small Lake Victoria across the harbor. Only small boats and dinghies are allowed in. Those coming in through the bridge have right of way over those exiting. When we need to fill our water tanks we will anchor outside of the bridge and make several trips in with the dinghy.
Today we treated ourselves to lunch at “Chat and Chill”, a beach bar located between #1 and #2 in the top picture. Although popular, the bar boasted the worst burgers in recorded history, soggy, cold fries, ridiculous drink prices and more than an hour wait for those crappy burgers. Probably best I not post a review on Yelp today.
It did, however, also boast one of the local monster moths overhead…
… and an inquisitive cat allowed to roam the tables. Oh, and bikinis on December 31.
Nearby volleyball beach features “nice” pickup volleyball games. No spiking, unlimited hits per side, etc. About right for us elderly cruiser types.
Volleyball beach also features inquisitive rays coming right up to you. This is why you always shuffle your feet when walking in the water along the beach: to avoid stepping on one of these fellers.
Lastly, we want to thank Harley on Folly for this portrait of Endeavor sailing down to George Town.