17 March 2016
Upside Down? March 17, 2016
We left Highbourne Cay on the morning of March 16, intending to stop in West Bay on the west end of New Providence (Nassau) Island. The winds were light and the seas calm. We made good time to West Bay and decided, since conditions were so benign, to keep on going to Northwest Channel, on the edge of the Great Bahama Bank. We arrived there and dropped anchor at just after 10:00 pm. It was a long but quiet and peaceful day. Thumbelina especially was happy to stop as she does not eat or use her kitty pan while we are underway.
After a failed attempt to listen to Chris Parker (the cruiser’s weather guru), we hoisted anchor and motor sailed (then motored) toward Bimini. Our thinking is that, if the weather permits, we will depart The Bahamas tomorrow and head to Florida. If not, we can duck into Bimini and spend a little more time in these beautiful waters. Hey, mon, it’s better in the Bahamas!
We have not experienced such calm waters on the Banks before this. There is no wind (aside from what we create ourselves under power) and it is difficult to discern the horizon. One wonders whether we are not upside down, but we have pinched ourselves and decided that no, we are right side up, and all is well.