Bakes Bay to Fort Lauderdale
After 3 weeks in the Bahamas P2 is ready to depart and although time was well spent in Bakers Bay there is some disappointment leaving before the Grand Opening of the Conch Shack which was alleged to be opening on ‘Wednesday’ as crew were told on arrival Thursday 28th of May. But as travel can be a learning experience we discovered ‘Wednesday’ not necessarily to mean a day of the week however to be a term used on the island relating to an event sometime in the future or even a location of mystery, so maybe next year it will be possible to enjoy a refreshing sundowner at the fabled Conch Shack.
A clear morning dawns on Wednesday 17th of June and the permanent crew of P2 with their regular extra helper, Captain Reynolds of ‘Demasiado’ are ready to depart on the short trip to Fort Lauderdale, home to many of the race crew and importantly Noah and his Mum or ‘Mom’ depending on your origin.
With calm seas allowing easy motoring, time is taken to undertake safety drills including man overboard which with Jonathan at the helm and the long reach of GiGi leaning precariously overboard proved to be an accomplishable task on the first attempt. The same scenario however proved to be a little more difficult for Tom with the well experienced hands of Jonathan stepping aside and required a few passes of the make shift MOB victim.
Featuring heavily in the safety drills GiGi gets to don the fire suit and make his way to and from the engine room for practice. Luckily the temperature was in the low 30’s (81 F) and not the extremes experienced by those awaiting our arrival in Florida.
A safe and uneventful delivery continued with P2 arriving in Fort Lauderdale around 18:00 hours on Thursday 18th of June ready for a week of prep prior heading North with the focus being on the Newport Bucket.