Highbourne Cay to Spanish Wells
30 December 2016
On 12/27/2016 Promise got underway at 0644 from Highbourne Cay to Nassau. The winds were supposed to have dropped considerably, but did not drop throughout the day
and were around 18 knots with stronger gusts, which kicked up the seas with some swells being approx. 6 ft. With this said, it was a fast run of over 6.5 knots, which
got us to Nassau within 5 hrs. We came across the yellow bank instead of the white bank, which equates to having to steer around some of the coral heads, but this
was not a problem due to the fact they were very visible.
We were pleasantly suprised when we called Nausau Harbour Club on VHF channel 16 that they responded immediately and were waiting for us on the dock, and helped us to
tie up. However, we had read numerous good reports about this particular marina and they are well known for being accommodating. The owner, Peter, is Greek, and is
well thought of by cruisers and boaters.
First order of business was to tackle the ever growing pile of laundry. As usual the laudrymat is where you meet other cruisers. We met Mark and Robin, which have both
been in some form of sailing or boating business all of their lives. They are currently cruising on a 39 ft. Pearson, which has been totally refitted and is in
immaculate condition. The marina has a swimming pool, which is clean and quite refreshing. We were going to take a dip after completing our laundry but could only make
it in to above our knees due to the water being quite cool. However we were able to take a swim the next day when the sun had warmed the water.
We took a stroll the next day down to Potter's Cay for lunch and to buy produce. Potter's Cay is a series of approx. 16x16 shacks that all open to the back to the
water for delivery of fresh seafood. They all serve basically the same Bahamian fare of conch fritters, cracked conch, snapper, etc. They all try to get you to come
eat at their establishment as you pass. Once again, very pricy in comparison to what we are used to in the states. We also made a grocery run to Fresh Market, which
is now located directly across the street from the marina we were staying in. This used to be City Market. The Fresh Market here is just as well stocked as the
Fresh Markets stateside, but of course even pricier, if you can imagine.
We walked down to Ft. Montague, which was built in 1742. It guarded the eastern approach to Nassau harbour for many years against pirates and potentially invading
countries. We were able to tour the fort on the inside the last time we were here, but this time it is locked due to disrepair.
We stayed in Nassau a total of 2 nights and accomplished much in terms of cleaning the boat and other assorted chores that are difficult to complete underway.
We headed out to Spanish Wells on 12/29/2016 at 0700 and had a smooth ride. We were docked at Harbour Breeze at 1530. We intend to stay here a couple of weeks and
enjoy this area along with Eleuthra.
Dale and Christina