4-24-07 25 01.570"N: 77 08.520"W
Hoffmans Cay is the destination today. Hoffmans has a "Blue Hole" on the interior of the island. There is small cliff where people jump off into the hole. Diane and I have told our mates that we will be doing the 30 feet jump.
They are encouraging, but will not be jumping themselves. Diane is a bit reluctant, but makes the jump to the cheers from the gang!!!!!!!!! For us it is a great accomplishment, we are easily amused?.
We have a very nice evening at anchor. The Berry Islands still remain very quiet, as few cruisers visit here. So naturally we enjoy them very much!!!!!!!!!!
4-27-07 30.245"N: 78 39.724"W
After Hoffmans we anchored at Panton Cove, which is at "Great Stirrup Cay", for two nights, and then make the trip over to Lucaya.
The trip over is 60 miles of open ocean so fishing is the plan, as there is no wind and a small gentle swell. No fish and no wind, BUMMER!
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.