10 March 2019
There were a few rain squalls in the area when we awoke Friday morning so we lingered over coffee before shoving off. Finally around 8:30 it looked like there was a break in the clouds so off we went on our 40 mile jaunt to the Glass Window.. Well, it didn't quite work in our favour, we no sooner got out of the bay at Rock Sound then a series of rain showers rolled through. Fortunately our enclosure works well and we stayed nice and dry despite Mother Natures attempts to get at us. All the wind forecasters, which are usually fairly accurate, called for SE winds, 14-18 knots with gusts to 21. Well, today was not their day, after an hour or so the wind increased and was sustained above 20 all day with gusts to 28. We had wisely reefed the main when we hoisted it and combined with a reefed genny we stormed north towards our destination.
The Glass window is the point where the island of Eleuthera is only 200 yards wide, bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and the west by Eleuthera Sound. A natural bridge with a hole in it like Pierce Rock used to span the gap but unfortunately it was destroyed by storms. A man made bridge now fills the gap, however, it is still a great spot to visit and take in the stunning views. Our plan had been to anchor near by and hike around the area; however, as the day wore on and the seas increased in size we realized that we needed a plan B. Wisely we elected to go to Hatchet Bay which offers great protection. Luckily we had been here 2 years ago so we were familiar with the narrow entrance through the high rock cliffs. It will certainly get your attention even on a calm day.
As they say, things happen for a reason. We no sooner dropped the hook when an announcement came over the VHF informing the sailors of a grand opening for a new sailors restaurant in town. Bev and I joined several other crews ashore as Boater's Haven opened their doors for business. The owner is a real character, he played guitar and sang a few old classics with a a Bahamian twist while the patrons enjoyed a free fish dinner. After an enjoyable evening of singing, meeting new friends and story telling we called it a night and headed backwards to Dagny.
Today's picture is of a Pirate Ship under repair at Hatchet Bay. A bit of a shocker as we entered the cut.