4-17-07 24 23.052"N: 76 33.015"W
The front did come through and the wind picked up to 30 out of the west, the anchors all held, we just rolled a bit with the swell working in from the cut.
We meet Sandy and Gillian on "S/V Lost Horizon" who were looking for a spot to hide and Chet hailed them and talked them into the little bay we are in. They invite us all over for "Sundowners". Another nice couple, they are headed south and we share lies over some rum and frozen drinks, that Diane made.
The seas and wind settled down so we are headed up to Norman's Cay today. Unfortunately when we come out of our harbor, the wind is still blowing 10-15, and the seas are 3-5 dead on the nose. It is real uncomfortable and SLOW! We decide to bail out, why get beat up if we don't have to, and head in for Emerald Rock mooring field. Chet and Lou proceed on to Norman's. And we will catch up to them in a day or so in Nassau.
4-18-07 25 05.440"N: 77 13.915"W
A bit of a rolly night on the mooring but basically a nice night. Today we are headed for Nassau. The wind is out of the southwest at 10-15, and the seas are on the stern quarter at 2-3.
By the time we get to Rose Island the wind is pretty steady 15-20, so Bottom Harbor (Rose Island), would not bea good choice. We proceed around the north side of Rose Island and drop the hook. It was a 59 mile run, so the crew and captain are whipped!
4-13-07 24 06.123"N: 76 24.024"W
We all had a good time at Farmer's Cay Yacht club. It has new owners and the food was very good.
We are headed up to Black Point today. The plan is to eat at Lorraine's' buy some bread that she makes and just relax.
It is only 10 miles up to Black Point so we hang out until around lunch to depart. A monohull comes in and hails us. It seems that they are also from Charleston. S/V Valkerie, with Chuck and Margaret on board. They are headed to the Panama Canal and points west. I give some free advice about the southern Exumas to Chuck as it is his first trip this far south. All secrets are shared and we head out and up to Black Point. There are no seas and very little wind, 3-5 knts. So it is a shallow motor sail and anchor in the harbor.
4-14-07 24 18.580"N: 76 33.015"W
Lorraine's was very good was very good, two nights in a row eating out, what a treat!
The weather is predicted to change with a front coming through on Sunday. So Chet and I figure going up to Bell Island is a good idea. Protection from the west is not readily available so space will fill quickly. Lou and Donna on "S/V So Fine 2" hail us and decide to join us up at Bell. The group as kinda stayed together since Bimini in February. It was not planned. But you just make good friends and enjoy sailing together so you end up in the same anchorages.
We all get tucked in and enjoy a nice calm afternoon. There are 22 boats anchored across from us at Cambridge Cay. This will be home for a few days until the front passes through tomorrow.
04/11/07 23 49.189N: 76 11.258"W
A squall comes through this morning and the wind has shifted to the SSE and increased to 15-20. Sharon asks us over for lunch and Chet and I decide we should move behind Prime as it will have better protection.
It is a beautiful spot, with good holding and gorgeous water. We settle in for the evening and a quiet dinner alone.
04/12/07 23 57.802"N: 76 19.091"W
The plan today is to do some snorkeling and exploring, the up to Little Farmers Cay. Again we need a bit of help to get out of this anchorage, so a lunchish departure is planned
The snorkeling is good, a lot of fish and coral life. I snorkel through a cut with 35 ft of water. I see a group of eagle rays swim under me and the usual large Barracuda. Then Chet and I go dingy exploring. We find that there is a nice lake in the interior of the cay. I scare off a few small sharks in the shallows and one large nurse shark.
"We kick the tires and light the fires", and head out for Little Farmers Cay. The wind has lain down so it is a motor sail through a "new to us" route out of Prime. No paint lost and we see another sand shark on the way.
It only takes 3.5 hours to get to Farmers. I anchor in about 6 ft of water and call for dinner reservations and the day is done.