Finally! In The Bahamas
31 January 2014 | White Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
Well, we finally made it to the Bahamas! After a two week setback at Indiantown (our "dripless" shaft seal was dripping and had to be replaced) we made it over to the Bahamas. We left Lake Worth at West Palm Beach on Sunday, January 26th and crossed the gulf stream in pretty much benign conditions. It was a little rolly, but virtually no wind. We arrived on the Bahama bank at about 4:30 in the afternoon and motored on to a little deserted cay called Mangrove Cay, arriving at 9:30 pm in the dark. We set the anchor and settled in with a well deserved toddy and then to bed. The night was idyllic. No wind and flat calm.
Monday we awoke to a glorious day - sunny, flat seas and no wind - not a breath. No sailing today. We motored all day and put the anchor down at Crab Cay just before a gorgeous sunset greeted us. On the way, we watched dolphins play in our bow wake and swim along side the boat. The water was so crystal clear, that you could see star fish, turtles, barracuda and the odd conch. It was another peaceful night at anchor. We wanted to leave Crab Cay a little later in the morning to catch a rising tide at Green Turtle Cay, so we weren't in a hurry to get moving and enjoyed a glorious sunrise and coffee in the cockpit. Just as we were leaving the anchorage, our "buddy boat" that was travelling with us ran hard aground on a shoal. The tide was still falling, so we ended up re-anchoring and waiting for a few hours for the tide to rise. At about 2:00 pm, the tide rose enough that with a little help from Wayne in the dinghy, they were able to get off the shoal and we were on our way again. It was another motoring day and we arrived in Green Turtle Cay about 5:00 pm.
Wednesday morning we took the dinghy to New Plymouth to clear customs. With the official paperwork completed, we explored the town on foot and thoroughly enjoyed walking the streets and checking out the different establishments. A cold beer at a local bar (it only has 5 bar stools and 1 table), and the purchase of some fresh conch salad and off we went back to the boat. New Plymouth is a quaint little town with quite a few restaurants, 3 grocery stores, a couple of liquor stores, two hardware stores and an assortment of other little shops. Steeped in history, the town has a unique memorial garden with bronze busts of the people who helped the community prosper. The entire Cay has a population of about 500 people and is very picturesque. We've posted some pictures in the gallery for you to view. The lead picture is Leeway anchored in White Sound with our buddy boat Groovin in the background.
Thursday we paired up with Chris and Elizabeth from the buddy boat and rented a golf cart. That is the best way to explore the island. We picked it up in the morning and toured the entire island, stopping at little restaurants for a snack or a beer, to look at the amazing beaches on the Atlantic side of the island, and just touring the roads. It was a little different driving on the left side of the road, but since Wayne has been here before, he was our driver and played tour guide and kept us on the proper side of the road. It was a great day and a wonderful way to explore this quaint little piece of heaven.
We're going to sit here for a few days enjoying the weather (it's been in the 80's) and likely move somewhere new on Monday. But then again, maybe not. Hey, it's the Bahamas - where the beaches are white but it's not snow!!