12/24/2011, Hawksbill Cay, Northern Exuma
Actually sailed today. Left Nassau Harbor and motor sailed for awhile. Then as I was able to head south past Yellow Bank, I was able to sail..... Great sail >7.1 no seas to peak of. Spending the night in Hawksbill Cay before heading to Warderick Wells tomorrow. Some thoughts.... Other than the obvious, I have been asked many times why I thought this trip has been so much different than the last one. After much thought and reflection, I have been able to come up with at least one reason. I am not sure if it's because I have changed or it's the different cruising crowd here that I have met or maybe even because it's the "holidays". There seems to be just more of a sense of community here. People genuinely care about your welfare and well being. At least the people I've met so far. Not just passing acquaintances. And that makes all the difference in the world. Not sure if that made any sense . But it does to me While I was writing this I was sailing between Nassau and the Northern Exumas, heading to Hawksbill Cay. I was sitting in the nav station. and I heard the reel start to whine. I hooked a fish. Before I could get up to the cockpit, whatever was on the line, stripped off all 500 feet of line and then broke it. The reel is empty. Line, lure everything. I don't know what it was, but it had to be big and FAST.
The week went fast. Spent a day searching for a new VHF antenna and some cable. Not to be found on this island. Ended up hiring an agent in Florida to gather the items and send them here. Too bad he didn't put my cruising permit number on the package, because it cost me 45 % duty. After two trips across the island to locate the package, I finally got my parts.l What a waste of 3 days. But the radio works.
Leaving for parts south on Saturday. Probably Shroud Cay then Staniel on the way to Georgetown.
Anchoring here is a mess. The tide trumps 23 knots of wind. Boats lying stern to the wind. Boats drifting around their chain. Spent one who night fending off boats. No one wanted to move. Was hit a few times by one boat. I went over to them in the morning and told them, "if we have to meet again at 2 in the morning, I drink Rum and diet coke". They moved. Must not have any rum on board.
Hope you all have a happy, safe and peaceful holiday.
Arrived in Nassau on Saturday, fueled up (at 5.20 a gallon) and anchored in the harbor. Out my front door is the Atlantis Resort.
Not much going on, trying to get back into the swing of civilization after being in the Berry's for a week. Laundry got done this morning and defrosted the freezer last night (hey that's boat maintenance too). Nothing is open here on Sunday's so I walked into town this afternoon and had a chance to watch the Royal Bahamas Polices Force Xmas Beat Retreat. Check out the pictures in this link
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Was pretty cool to watch.
Tomorrow it's off to find parts to execute Plan B with the VHF before I head south on Tuesday (weather dependent of course) and do some provisioning.
Right now it's blowing like stink again. The anchorage filled up today as there was a major crossing from Florida over the weekend. If you didn't cross on the 7th as I did, you got stuck there until yesterday.
I hope all those new boats parked next to me now, realize that at 2 am when it's blowing 25+... as forecast, that I was here first!