A Trip Down Memory Lane
07 April 2017
We left Archer Cay on Wednesday morning heading for Green Turtle Cay and all that stood in our way was the dreaded Whale Passage. When Steve and I were here years ago a full rage was on and I remember dragging Sunkissed through the sand bar at Don't Rock Passage. The big issue with the Whale is that the Atlantic rolls in unimpeded for thousands of miles from the northeast and you must exit the bank through one cut then 2 miles later re-enter through another narrow cut. On a seemingly beautiful day the conditions can beat you up; however, we timed it well with a slack tide and had a smooth passage as the waves broke on the distant reefs.
We succeeded in grabbing a mooring for the night in a very crowed harbour and hunkered down for yet another blow. Thursday we rented a golf cart for the day and set off to tour New Plymouth, which is the main town on the island. Steve and I had spent a couple of fun days here years ago which included a visit to "Miss Emily's Blue B Bar" and I wanted to see if it still existed. Much to my delight the bar was still there, bigger and better then ever. Violet, Miss Emily's daughter now runs it and greeted us with open arms. The original part of the bar is wall papered with boat cards and dollar bills that visitors from around the world have left as souvenirs. After searching for a long time I found a tattered $2 bill that I think Steve and I left stapled to the wall. A toast was in order, then we all set off for a swim in the ocean at a nice secluded beach.
The front finally rolled through late Thursday afternoon causing a fair bit of consternation in the crowed anchorage as a couple of boats had holding issues. However, everything worked out and we settled in for a quiet dinner aboard and enjoyed a distant lightening show later in the evening. We topped up the fuel and water this morning in preparation for our departure in the next day or so. The only problem is that the forecast has changed in the last couple of hours and everyone anxiously scanning the Internet for the latest news. Hopefully, we can stick to our original plan and be on our way Sunday, but only time will tell.