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Back to familiar grounds
Cooler and north winds
03/12/2011, Marsh Harbour

A great sail north from Lynyard Cay in 20 knots to arrive at a very busy harbour with 60+ boats on anchor. Laundry, shopping, fresh conch salad, a busy potluck dinner at the Jib Room with other cruisers, and we're planning a fancy dinner tonight with friends arriving from Treasure Cay.... smoked duck, duck confit, and smoked salmon. Louise has been making marmalade with all the sour oranges we found in Eleuthera, so we'll be all ready for next year.
Frightening photos from Japan cause quiet reflection.
We're back north in three weeks, so we have to focus on finding lobsters!
Lots of new plans for the coming summer!

Back in the Abacos!
East winds at 15-20 knots
03/09/2011, Lynyard Cay

We left Egg Island at 6am with 10-12 knots of wind from the NE, with the expectation that the wind would swing east and waves of 5-6 feet.
By 11am the wind freshened to 20+knots and held NE, so we shortened sail and bounced north with waves growing to 10-12 feet, and wind steady at 22 knots... quite a bouncy ride at 7+ knots pounding into steep waves!
Arrived at Little Harbour Cut at 2:30pm and joined 20 boats hiding behind Lynyard Cay to rest for a couple of days before heading further north to avoid another cold front coming south in two days.... never a dull moment!
More stuff to fix on the boat! Such is life....

03/10/2011 | Hanny and Andre
Good to see you made it back through the big waves.
04/18/2012 | Chris
Great blog. I am heading back to the Abacos to do some landscape photography. Could you please tell me where this photo was shot? On Lynyard?
Back in Spanish Wells!
Soft east winds! Wonderful sailing
03/07/2011, North Eleuthera

It's been a great week!

Our visit to Rock Sound was wonderful, although I didn't recognize anything from my feeble 35 year old memories... not surprising!

We searched for the old beaches where I learned to surf, tried to find the "fancy resort" where we windsurfed, looked for the cottage we rented for a week with Australians, but without success.... time marches on, and life is a wonderful journey!

While in Rock Sound with 3 other boats (7 people) we rented a small mini-van and explored the entire southern part of Eleuthera..... VERY quiet and empty marinas! Great fresh fish from the dock in Tarpon Bay!

Visited the Atlantic side beaches, cruiseship stops, Rosa's very special restaurant, local laundramat, local restaurants, discovered abandoned fruit farms with oranges, papaya, peppers, bananas, watermelon, squash, etc. so the pantry is full, blue holes, caves, fish fry, etc, etc, etc,!

A soft sail (c/w motor) back up to Hatchet Bay (which was completely full) and then another day up to Spanish Wells for water, diesel, and the best stone crab in the Bahamas, then another 2 hour trip to anchor just off of Egg Island for the sail north tomorrow back to the Abacos.

We'll be in a group of 8 boats going north, and Louise is happy her water and fuel tanks are full, and we've got lots of great seafood to carry us north to Marsh Harbour.

Our visit to Eleuthera has been wonderful, and we'll visit again next year as we venture further south to explore new places.

With only three weeks left on our winter holiday, we'll relax and enjoy the Abacos with our wonderful friends before flying back to Canada.

Here for a short time, hopefully a good time!


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