Deep Blue Sea
26 January 2012 | New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas
Charlie and Mike sailed off the anchor this morning. At about 7:00, they raised the sails and hauled in the anchor. The wind was basically on our stern. The swells were about 4 feet with a foot or so of chop on top of that. To try to keep us from rolling too much, they veered off course so the wind was more off the aft quarter. We still rolled though. Cindy and I spent most of the trip sitting in bed reading. I had pillows propped around me so I wouldn't roll off the bed. But, really, as long as you didn't have to be up doing something, like cooking, it wasn't bad. So, we didn't cook! We snacked on crackers and peanut butter, and cookies for lunch. We arrived at New Bight, the capitol of Cat Island, about 3:00 and anchored just off the shore. Charlie insisted that we sail in and drop the anchor, so we never started the propulsion engine today. New Bight is the home of the Hermitage built by Father Jerome. It can be seen from several miles offshore sitting up on what I believe is the highest point in the Bahamas. We plan to hike up to it tomorrow. We dinghied ashore and Mike and Cindy made a call and faxed some papers at the Batelco office. Then we went and walked around the ruins of an old plantation home which was right off the main road. It looked like it was a grand place in its day. The walls were rock and about 2 feet thick. Not a huge place, but large for the Bahamas in those days. There were several ruins of other buildings in the area and it looked like a couple of the buildings had been repaired or maintained and were still being used as homes, but that's a guess. They were just old looking and amongst the other ruins. We walked down to the BlueBird Restaurant and had a cold drink. Then back to the boat. Cindy made a skillet stew and I made banana muffins to use up the bananas before they went bad. We will watch the 2nd half of "True Grit" as soon as Charlie finishes the dishes. The generator has started and ran twice since its little spell yesterday. So, the fluffing seems to have worked. Other than the bumpy seas, today was wonderful. Partly sunny skies and a cool breeze of about 18 kts. Warm enough for shorts, but cool enough at times for my long sleeve shirt. This evening is clear with the star shining brightly. Still a cool wind. The anchorage is just a bit rolly/bouncy, but not bad.