Rolly night, Calm day
19 January 2012 | Salt Pond, Long Island, Bahamas
Last night was close to miserable. The winds did veer to the north, which at first we believed would be good since we were protected by an island from the north wind. BUT, the swells kept coming from the northwest and with the north wind the swells were hitting dead on the beam (the side of the boat). We rolled side to side, sometimes quite a bit. None of us slept much. Once we would get one item from rolling on a shelf, or other things from knocking together in the cabinet, then something else would start moving. The davit line on the dinghy broke and it crashed into the back of the boat and into the water. Charlie and I up in the v-berth didn't even hear it. Mike and Cindy went out and restrung the line and raised the dinghy back up. We were all up as the sky began to lighten and were ready to raise the anchor by sunrise. Danny and Jo were also ready to get out of the rolling anchorage. We headed south to Thompson Bay/Salt Pond. We motorsailed, but it was a nice comfortable ride. We left Hog Cay at 7:00 and arrived here at 11:30. After lunch, Charlie and Mike dinghied into town. They had a list of parts they wanted to get. They purchased an electric inline fuel pump, Racor filter replacement, and a new zinc. They were quite happy that they got nearly everything they wanted. The only thing they did not find was new sparkplugs for the Mercury outboard. We don't have to have them now, but would be nice to have just in case. Cindy and I stayed on the boat and read our books and napped. The guys took their naps when they returned. While they were in town, the guys arranged to rent a van for tomorrow and the plan is to go land touring tomorrow. Danny and Joanne are going to split the cost of the rental with us. We also talked to Martha and Dave on Antigone, and Harv and Ann on Camelot who are also in the anchorage. We last saw Antigone in Georgetown and Camelot in Marathon. Mike grilled burgers for dinner this evening. Tonight, we are sitting absolutely still. The anchorage is very calm. We had overcast skies today and the wind was a cool 15 knots from the northeast. This evening is clearer and chilly.