31 December 2019 | Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas
Wow.....it is finally happening. We are up and ready to leave but will wait for a squall to pass over before casting our lines.
Ed and Mari-Etta are at the dock to help and wish us safe travels. Ed even brought us some pumpkin pie for the voyage. Nothing says Christmas or Thanksgiving quite like pumpkin pie! This has been one of our most cherished stays at Heart Harbor. I have to say having met Mari-Etta’s mom several years ago will always be one of the most memorable but this year we got to spend a little more quality time together. And ...... we got to meet her brother David and wife, Marcellas as well as Ryan and the rest of the gang. Great memories were made and hearts healed and more hearts being produced.
With the 10:00 storm away from us, we decide it is time to make a run for it. Off go the lines and we watch Ed, Mari-Etta and Ryan fade as we turn the corner into the canal. The canal is narrow but well protected as I secure the lines and bumpers in their spot before heading out into the ocean.
Well, my father asked me earlier that morning if any squalls that were coming up from Key West going to bother us. Of course I say....oh no....we will be out of their way and sailing in clear waters. Little did we know that the squalls would last pretty much ALL DAY LONG. The wind would pick up, then it would die. It would be off our beam then off our stern and clock all the way around to the bow. We would have 20 plus knots and then 4 knots and the waves were just as confused. At one point I think there was a moment I would have liked to have retreated, but common sense took over as I recalled the forecast and knew that everything is only temporary!
By the time dinner rolled around, we had finally gotten into a little smoother ride and we were then getting on a sleeping rotation. I did not want to go to sleep but we knew we had to just in case we had another squall later in the evening requiring us to be at our best.
The night was a beam reach sail at about 15 knots after we rounded the North Rock and entered into the Bullocks Harbor Channel. It was smooth sailing with many a ship anchored off to the sides of the channel.
We arrived at Great Harbour Cay Marina at 0900 and have been on the go since we got here, clearing customs and immigration......meeting neighbors on the docks and waiting for our dear friends, 2 Outrageous.
More to follow tomorrow.