Riding Out The Storm
22 March 2016 | Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
We arrived yesterday in Marsh Harbour, Abacos ahead of a cold front that has pelted us with 25kt winds and rain. We are anchored well with good protection, so now we're just riding it out. Last night the wind was howling, and I didn't get much sleep worrying about swinging room, though my worry was for naught. Later today, after doing some work, we'll go on a nature hike outside of town.
Our final day at Andros was one for the books. We visited Red Bay, a Seminole village that makes the most beautiful baskets of reed and batik. Tammy found a beauty, and it now featured in our galley aboard Aria. We swam in a Blue Hole, visited a sponge operation, explored the caves of the pirate, Sir Henry Morgan (no treasure, alas), and had lunch right on the beach in Nicholls Town, where Tammy befriended our cook (pictured here).
We left mid-morning the next day for the Abacos. The sail was challenging. Winds were 12-15kts in confused seas with some powerful currents at times that created square waves reminiscent of a foul Gulf Stream. Near dusk we crossed the busy shipping lane south of Hole in the Wall, and I had to hail three ships to ask them to divert. By night, winds had gone south and holding a north course became borderline dangerous. We jib sailed, which was slow but safe.
We entered the Abacos at dawn through Loggerhead Channel and arrived mid-morning to Marsh Harbour. We chose to come here because of the protection from NW-N winds, which we knew were coming. We found a great spot, dropped the hook and collapsed.
All is well. We discovered one of our Boot Key friends is also here, and we're hoping they can join us for our hike today.