Bye Luv Ya Sea Ya
02 April 2018
I keep a list of favorite boat names. Recently, there was S/V Dalmation, with it's tender that carries their dogs to shore called Pooper Scooper, a sleek motor yacht named Stocks and Blondes, a mega yacht named Casi Cielo (almost heaven). Then there was a little sailboat docked across from us at the condos, named Thanks Dad, a yacht named LIBERT-Y with a beautiful sailing tender named Libertini and, my favorite, a motor yacht from the Virgin Islands named Bye Luv Ya Sea Ya.
The time has come to say good bye to the Bahamas. We've made the rounds to say good bye to all of our Bahamian friends: Evelyn, Sidney, Florence, the marina staff and our favorite waitresses and bartenders. Sandra and Davido will stay another month and we will look forward to seeing them again in Urbanna.
Saturday, March 31- Sunday April 1
We untied our lines and left the dock at Treasure Cay at 9:14 a.m. The east winds were light and the Sea of Abaco was mostly flat with a 1-2 foot swell. There was a 20% chance of squalls. As we approach the whale cut, Carl spotted a water spout. I kept an eye on it as it eventually receded into the clouds. It continued to be overcast in the Abacos which kept the temperature cool. We motor sailed at 6.5-7 knots. We saw Steve and Anick on S/V Kestrel. We wished each other a safe trip on the radio. They were planning to spend a few nights anchoring in the Abacos before heading to Ft. Pierce and then on to Jacksonville where they will have their boat hauled out and trucked home to Vermont. We planned to sail straight through to Ft. Pierce this time. We passed by Great Sale Cay at 6:45 p.m. The sun set around 7:30 and the blue moon rose at 8:00p.m. Even with some cloud cover, the moon lit our way. (This reminds me that John always called the moon "God's flashlight". We sailed up the track of the moon many times off the beaches of North Carolina on our Hobie Cat.) It is really nice to have the moon light on an overnight passage. The sea swells, left over from the last nor'easter were supposed to be deminishing. But instead, they continued to build as we left the Little Bahama banks. The waves were confused and the swells were 10 feet by the time we reached the gulf stream after daybreak. The swells finally began to subside as we left the gulf stream just about 15 miles from Ft. Pierce. We were exhasted when we finally made it through the inlet and to the city marina at 3p.m. Sunday, April 1. We stopped to refuel and then took a short golf cart ride to check in at the office. We returned to the boat, turned on the a.c. and collapsed! We will spend a few nights here, recuperating from this 31 hour passage and provisioning for the month long trip north.