Another Great Sail
05 March 2019
The anchorage at Half Moon Cay was surprisingly calm on Saturday night so we enjoyed a quiet evening and had a great sleep.
However, as advertised the next cruise ship showed up at 8:00 a.m. and prepared to unload another group of happy travellers. Our alarm had gone off at 6:45 so we were all ready to go so, once the ship was anchored we hauled our anchor and got out of town. The forecast called for a 12-17 knot breeze from the SE, meaning a down wind slide all the way to Eleuthera. We set a full main, strapped it out with the preventer, poled out the genny and let Otto take us the 25 miles to the Eleuthera Bank. Dagny surfed along in the 4 foot rollers as we relaxed with our second cup of coffee.
We hadn't been in deep water for a few days so as soon as the depth sounder showed over 100 feet Bev set two lines in search of a fresh dinner. After a couple of hours she had yet another strike, unfortunately it was another barracuda. Under 3 feet they are safe to eat and apparently very tasty, over that the meat becomes toxic so we elected not to try our luck eating them. Besides, if you ever saw their teeth you wouldn't want anything to do with them.
After another great day we arrived in Rock Sound at 4 p.m. and dropped the hook in one of our favorite spots from 2017. Surprisingly the harbour was fairly full as people are looking for a good anchorage in preparation for the approaching weather. We have a couple of days to prepare for the next weather front and we will take the time to load up with water and groceries. This is a fairly progressive community with good services for cruisers, making it a popular stop.
Today's picture is of a boat we passed on the way to a Rock Sound.