Parka on the Loop

1986 Niagara 35 Encore

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The Abacos

28 March 2017 | Photo on Atlantic taken by Anglearke (Bianca)
We left Spanish Wells yesterday and moved 6 miles to Royal Island. It is well protected in most winds and was a very calm night.
We were up early and left the anchorage at first light. We rounded Egg Island and once out in the open Atlantic started to experience the ocean swells that are a result of the winds of the past few days. Initially the swells were about 8' and were easy to sail up and ride down. There were several other boats that came out of the anchorage behind us. Soon we were a small flotilla heading for The Abacos. It is about a 60 mile run. We were motor sailing as the wind wasn't strong enough to keep us on track to get to the Little Harbor passage close to slack tide. The other boats all passed us throughout the day as they are all larger and go faster. Periodically the boats around us would disappear, mast and all, in the trough of the large swells. We met a couple from Quebec who measured the swells at 13-15'.
As the first boat entered the cut and made it through the passage they reported on VHF radio that they had quite a ride as the swells were breaking on the reefs causing very turbulent water. The boat 2 in front of us got hit by a huge breaking wave, spun sideways and knocked flat. They recovered quickly but it was enough to make the boat behind them turn around and bail out. It was our turn next and all we could see was a very narrow path with breakers on either side of the boat. 8' plus breaking surf. David did an amazing job anticipating the waves breaking on our stern. He steered and avoided a knock down but it was pretty hairy. We continued in and anchored in the Lee of Lynyard Island.
Comments
Vessel Name: Parka
Vessel Make/Model: Niagara 35 Encore
Hailing Port: Pell Island Georgian Bay; Registered Midland, Ontario Canada
Crew: Joanne and David
About: David is a retired OPG Stationary Engineer. Joanne is a Registered Nurse retiring July 2016. We have been upgrading Parka in preparation for the Great Loop commencing August 2016 from Georgian Bay.
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The Manatees swim into the marina looking for fresh water.
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Super busy port. These photos were on the weekend!
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84'Drop on our way to the Gulf
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These are only. Seen for about a mile but really beautiful.
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Crossing into Usa
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We took Parka out for a cruise down the Waubano Channel. Beam reach 7 knots!
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Old wiring out and new in! Forced air furnace installed.
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David duplicated the grab rails over the winter so time to install.
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Some of the things we are changing or improving.
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