Radio Operator

So this morning I made my debut as the host of the 8 A.M. Georgetown cruising net. The net is basically a gathering of cruisers, nearby house owners and the local businesses on channel 72 on the VHF. For those who don’t know, the VHF is sort of the same idea as a CB radio, just with a much lower red-neck quotient.

Anyhow, Herman, who has been our net operator all season is off island for a couple of days and he asked if I would take over the controller duties until he returned. Seeing as how Ollie, George and I sort of pushed/forced Herman into doing the net this year in order to save it from the Regretta Nazis, I felt I couldn’t really say no.

A normal daily net from Herman at this time of year generally takes about 30 to 35 minutes. I’m not sure if I am just more efficient or I don’t have as much to say, but my net was over in just 6 minutes. Hmmm. Oh well, at least there was no wasted words.

In other news, the Family Island Regatta starts tomorrow. I went for tune up sail on a couple of boats just to see if they were dialed in for the first race. I had a good time, but my knee is still too sore and so I have withdrawn from racing with my A class and B class boat for this year’s races. Shitty death!!

I got word from my friend Adam today that I will be flying back to the states early in May to help him bring a 47 foot catamaran back to G’Town. This will be great for us as we desperately need a few supplies brought over for our boat and having access to a much, much bigger cat than Dream Catcher will make it very easy to resupply.

Things are really quieting down around here, despite Regatta just starting up. I’d guess there are maybe 130 boats here today, down from some 250 this time last week. I’ll start posting race pictures tomorrow, but in the meantime, today’s photo is a picture of one of the eight freighters that showed up over the last three days delivering all of the race boats from the various islands all over the Bahamas.

The race boats themselves are not ocean worthy vessels and as such they must be transported on one of the many mail boats that travel between Nassau and all of the family out islands. It’s pretty cool to see these guys come in and then watch how quickly the crew are able to get the freighters unloaded and then the race boats rigged for action.

Anyway, that’s all there is to print. See you tomorrow, end of line…

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Wow Tom you and people skills! That is impressive. I never thought I'd live to see the day. Good for you. Maybe you are almost human.

Love you,

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