Saturday, January 2, 2010

Saturday Sailboat Racing on Governor's Harbour



Governor's Harbor is a settlement that covers the center of Eleuthera.  The area boasts the distinction of  being the first permanent European settlement in the New World as well as exhibiting  the true essence of Eleuthera.  For the most part, the island is quiet and sparsely populated  but Governor's Harbour offers glimpses of candy-colored houses, a legendary Friday night fish fry and Saturday morning sailboat racing.




Preparation for the races start at 10 AM, when children and adults launch and rigg their boats on the beach. The first race sails at 11:00 with a course clearly viewed from the harbour.

I was charmed to see children sailing and swimming on a Saturday morning instead of holed up in front of a computer somewhere. It felt like a peek into another era when nature and simplicity were still revered. By about 2PM, the races were over and the boats dotted the beach like oversized flippers.



Some of the kids scurried across the street to the rose-colored library, where they read and created art projects. Eleuthera is noted for its old school lifestyle and witnessing these leisurely Saturday morning activities made me want to ditch my multi-tasking, contemporary habits and sink into the island's slow-paced warmth.

15 comments:

Blackgirl On Mars said...

Oh I so want to be there right now...

Jean-Luc Picard said...

It looks a world away from the cold winter here.

Fly Girl said...

Lesly Ann, I'm with you.

Jean-Luc, unfortunatley, it is a world away!

A Cuban In London said...

It is a lovely post with beautiful photos. I can just picture the atmosphere this event generates.

Greetings from London.

Fly Girl said...

Cubano, I was thinking you had some personal experience with this Saturday morning tradition.

Cairns Hotels said...

I want to try boat sailing, It looks interesting and fun.

Tiffany said...

I would like to be anywhere warm right about now.

Fly Girl said...

Cairns, its a lot of fun. Thanks for visiting.

Tiffany, don't even get me started on the snow and cold in Chicago! I'll be blogging about Eleuthera for awhile so that some of the island's warmth will magically transfer.

thelocalguide said...

those beaches really look amazing!

Fly Girl said...

Guide, the beaches were glorious. Thanks for dropping by.

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Catherine said...

I want to live in that rose-coloured library!! happy new year to you....

Fly Girl said...

Catherine, that's a great idea. Its very quaint inside and with lots of book to read, you'd never get bored. Happy New Year!

Tiffany said...

The snow and cold in Toronto is so depressing lol.

Fly Girl said...

Tifany, I think its more depressing in Chicago!