1-19-08 N 25 24.62: W77 54.56
Well the time and weather and tides finally aligned for us to leave our anchorage. The weather was not as important, as was the tide. we were required us to come out on a high tide to clear the sand bar. So high tide finally came around to 0600, so there was a bit of light to steer our way out. And then steer a course for Nassau before a strong cold front with 30-40 knts of wind comes through.
The conditions were a bit rough, 6-8 ft. just in front of the beam and the wind 15-20, about the same. Naturally we are headed that direction, or close! But it is doable, just not real comfortable. Well after about one hour past the reef, the starboard engine starts to overheat, so with just one engine and sails we decide to bear off to the north and head to Chub Cay for a repair and try it again in the morning. The front is not scheduled to come through on Sunday night.
When we come in to Chub, Craig and Mary on "Rum Tum Tiger" is also here and welcome us in. We had met them a couple of years ago at the anchorage at White Point in the Exumas. Naturally the first thing they ask was if we had seen Roy and Diane on "Molly Bloom". So I hope Roy and Diane is just behind us a bit, for a reunion soon!!!!!!!!!!!!
The bad news of the day was watching "Salty Paws" dismast as they were beating into the seas!!!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!