Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chicken Swill

It seems that we are in the midst of high boating season in the Bahamas. That means that, in addition to a lot of boats, there is a lot of chatter on the VHF radio. Boats that travel in packs tend to hail each other A LOT. One boat name that we hear over and over sounds like "Chicken Swill". It is pronounced with a French accent and probably belongs to one of the many French Canadian boats we have seen here. Every time we hear "Chicken Swill, Chicken Swill, Chicken Swill" we laugh. George recently got a glimpse of the boat and saw that it is actually "Chic n' Swell". We were still a bit confused until we spoke with someone who spoke with someone who asked the owner. (Apparently we haven't been the only ones wondering about the name). It means "fashionable but a little tacky".

Today we had a fantastic sail from New Providence Island to Bird Cay in the Berry Islands. At times we were sailing almost 8 knots under jib and main. We had some trouble getting the anchor to set on the grassy bottom and it is rolly here. Although we saw a nice green flash at sunset we plan to find a new anchorage tomorrow. Oh, and Chicken Swill is anchored nearby.


  1. Hi Bev,
    What type and weight of anchor and size and length of chain do you use?
    Hugh & Karen Hanse 415 Trekker

    1. Hi Hugh and Karen
      I didn't realize my response to your question didn't go through. Our anchor is a 45 lb Manson Supreme and we have 100 ft of chain attached to 150 ft of rope. If we were to do it again over again we would replace the 100 ft of chain with 200 ft of chain.