14 April 2012 | Marsh Harbour
Rage conditions in the Whale Cay inlet have forced a 1-2 day delay in our departure for South Carolina. We'll just have to kill the extra time cruising the islands on this side of the Sea of Abaco. Trapped in paradise. Tough luck.
"Rage" is a Bahamian term for conditions that make the passages into and out of the Sea of Abaco impassable. When winds are strong and out of the east, as they are now, large swells on the Atlantic reach the shallow inlets and break within the inlets themselves, trapping boaters inside or outside the Abacos, depending where you are when the rage begins.
Our cruising ground now extends from Great Guana Cay, south to Little Harbour. We'll make the best of it.
Tammy, Stephanie, Conrad and Sarah left at 9 am yesterday morning. I spent the next few hours at the laundromat, and made an important discovery: You'll find and meet more cruisers at the laundromat than at the docks! After that chore, I spent the day yesterday getting the boat ready for the passage home. I had a diver clean the bottom, and it looks great. Should have done it last week. Scott and JD arrived in the afternoon, and all preparations stopped. I've got a few more "todo"s this morning, then we'll sail for Hope Town.