Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentines Day at Black Point

We had a glorious sail in 20 knots down to Black Point on Great Exuma Island. Black Point is a large community in the Bahamas, with 300 residents. It is a very poor community but is struggling with a resurgence, spurred on by a new laundromat that is for the cruisers. Around these parts, the natives hand wash and line dry their clothing, and until this new spot, the cruisers would drop off their laundry for a large sum of money to be done by a resident. Black Point also provides free water and garbage receptacles, a big draw in stead of dropping your trash off at a marina for a $2.50 fee. We had a great Valentine's dinner with our friends Rob and Christine at Lorraine's which was packed to the ceiling with all cruisers, maybe 50, enjoying BBQ and adequate wine. After dinner Lorraine, who has clearly flourished with the support of the cruisers, gave a speech thanking us and handed out long stemmed red roses to the ladies. No small feat for this island community.

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