Thursday, December 22, 2011
After checking in I bought a loaf of fresh Bahamian bread at the office and found out that the New Years Eve party here features the Barefoot Man live and fireworks and all day events. Looks like we might go to Green Turtle for a couple days and head right back here. I love the Barefoot Man,reminds me of a Pat Dailey concert at Put In Bay back home.
Today is laundry day and Mike will refill the diesel and wash salt off the boat, it is so encrusted on the topsides that it looked like ice crystals at night. We took many waves over the top during the early hours of crossing over. I say that for me crossing over is like childbirth,you say it wasn`t so bad after you have slept a few nights.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Great Sale Cay is the anchorage with decent wind protection that is used by cruisers as a stepping point to and from the Abacos.The island is uninhabited and has a horse shoe shaped anchorage with good holding.We awoke to increasing winds and stayed 3 nights with steady 20 to 25 knot winds and gusts of more.There were 13 boats with us but the big anchorage meant no crowding and with the brisk winds we never met a neighbor.We are very happy with the Manson Supreme anchor that has set first time and held each time.Having the watermaker and generator meant a nice 3 night stay.We celebrated our 40th anniversary there and Mike`s 62nd birthday.
Old sailors legend says never leave on a journey on a friday,they were a bit right.We left Palm Beach marina friday about 4 pm and headed out to the Atlantic I experienced a bit of terror in the inlet as the raging water there was formidable and our sail was caught on a reef line meaning Mike had to go on deck with the boat rolling about,this never bothers him but I am the worrier.It was a very dark night with no stars or moonlight,just clouds so night travel was not so fun.The winds stayed strong and on the nose so the autopilot wouldn`t work meaning hand steering with both hands and feet planted.Mike insisted on the night shift and finally went below to sleep once we got to the Bahama banks and dawn.What a change,you go from depth of over a thousand feet to 12 feet of turquoise water and a much more gentle breeze.It is hard to explain the color of the water and the beauty of dolphins,flying fish and miles of open water.We pulled into Great Sale Cay Saturday evening and set anchor and slept very soundly.