1-14-08 Position N25 16.429 W78 07.698
Well we made it across the bank to the NW channel and anchored for the night. Then decided to turn south for a small Cay named Joulter
We fished down the west wall of the tongue of the ocean for about 15 miles today, to a little known and never visited cay. It is Joulter Cay, north of Morgan's Bluff on Andros Island. It is a beautiful spot and not a soul in sight, just crystal clear water and a great beach.
We followed the Pavlidis guide's instructions to get in to the anchorage. He had said in the guide that high tide and good light were required. Well we had both and NEEDED both. Even at high tide we bumped a couple of times but were able to power through the sand. Once over the bar it got deeper. A whopping 4-5 feet, and we need 3.8 to float. But the Greek God of sailing guides was once again spot on with his directions and description!!!
It is a wonderful spot if you can get in here, once past the shallow spots you can find eight feet of water a LW to anchor in. And it has great protection from the North to Southwest. The shoals protect you from the West but the wind will get you!
And it looks like a bone fisherman's paradise!!!!!!!!!!
01-13-08 position 25 32.00'N: 78 10.00
Well the crossing was a very nice one!! And for the first time we crossed with a gaggle of boats. One boat "Dream Catcher" took on the responsibility of taking hourly roll calls and at last count there were 26 boats within site of each other. It truly was like being in a wagon train!
The conditions were close to NOAA and Chris Parker, the winds were still a bit more southeasterly than predicted, and were 10-15 rather 5-10. This was a good thing for us. The seas were from the south and about 3-5 and a short interval. But all in all it was a nice sail. We made it the 52miles in nine hours, anchorage to marina. The only bad thing was no fish today, even though we tried?.
"Xanadu" and us got a slip at "Bimini Sands" marina and resort. A nice calm lagoon and they arranged for a bus to pick us up and take us to the airport to clear customs. All went well and we are now currently street legal.
Today we leave Jim and Dorrel, "Xanadu", at Bimini as they want to visit and hang out there for a day or two. We head across the bank, destination NW Channel. The conditions are beautiful!)-15 knots of wind from the south east, with a two feet swell form the same. We sail all the way across, averaging 6.3-6.8 and not a sound of anything mechanical!!!!!!!!!!
. But not wanting to sail into Chubb Cay after dark, we anchor just north of the entry to NW channel. And will continue on to Nassau tomorrow.
Well we are headed across to Bimini tomorrow!!!
And for the first time we are traveling with a gaggle of other boats. A bunch of us are here off Key Biscayne staging. Diane said it reminded her of a wagon train. As every one was prepping their boats for the crossing, tying stuff down raising dinghies etc. etc.. So at 0600 we will be off to the Bahamas. So pictures will follow and stories of eating fresh fish and new adventures. Be Well