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Yet Another Cold Front

29 March 2019
Allan Gray
We have been in the Abacos less than 3 weeks and we have already had to ride out 3 cold fronts that have swept through the area. When we left Man O War on Wednesday we had planned on kayaking in a Mangrove Marsh that we had visited two years ago. Turtles abound in the numerous channels that wind through the marsh and we were looking forward to a return visit. The forecast called for the front to blow through sometime Thursday morning so we figured we had lots of time to explore. However, as we set sail the winds had already started to shift and we were debating where we would spend the night, once again hiding from weather. Around noon as the winds slowly shifted and increased ahead of schedule we decided to abort our kayaking and seek out a good anchorage. After all the early bird gets the best spot.

With strong NW and N winds in the forecast we elected to return to an anchorage south of Marsh Harbour that we had used a couple of times on our last trip. We set the anchor in 7' of water and ran out 100"feet of chain as the forecast called for 36 hours of winds at 25 knots gusting to 45. The late afternoon weather was nice and mild so we did a dinghy tour of the neighbourhood and marvelled at the beautiful homes that line the shore. Just before dark the winds rolled in and it was just as if someone had thrown a switch as they quickly increased to 25 knots with gusts to over 40. During the following 36 hours we rotated between clear sky, clouds, driving rain squalls and a very impressive lightning show that thankfully passed north of us.

Once again the anchor did it's job and we never moved during the whole onslaught despite numerous gusts that shook the rigging. We had wanted to go ashore and have dinner with Jimmy and Debbie on Thursday evening but it was just too rough to launch the dinghy, not to mention the soaking we would have gotten enroute. Fortunately for us our library in Lancaster has a ton of books available on line so we don't have a shortage of reading material to help us pass the time.

When we awoke Friday morning the wind had finally dropped below 20 knots allowing us to head ashore for a much needed walk. Originally we had planned on moving on but we took a rain check for dinner so we will stay here one more night. We met a couple from Orlando on our walk today, when this front hit Orlando Wednesday the max. winds were 54 knots and so much hail fell people made snowmen.The winds are light for now, the sun is out and C'est Le Weekend!

Today's picture was taken in black and white on Thursday morning and it was indicative of the mood at the time.

Vessel Name: Dagny
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 402
Hailing Port: South Lancaster On
Crew: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
About: Allan is a retired Montreal Air Traffic Controller and Bev is a retired Elementary School Principal.
Extra: After many years of local cruising and Etchells racing we are living our dream of sailing to the Bahamas. Allan enjoys golfing, cycling and skiing. Bev is an active cyclist, runner, aerobics participant and cross country skier.
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Who: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
Port: South Lancaster On