Entering the Abacos and Heading North
05 April 2017 | Lynyard Cay
Sunny, Light Winds 11-15 ESE
After leaving Long Island, Bahamas, we sailed to Little San Salvador which is an Island owned by a cruise line. We anchored in half moon bay and spent the night along with sailing vessels Sapphire and Blue Jacket. In the morning, a cruise ship came in and anchored just behind us. It was quite the sight. Needless to say it was time for us to leave so, we pulled up the anchored and sailed to Rock Sound , Eleuthera. While there, we did some chores like laundry and filled our propane tanks. Once the chores were completed had a nice lunch at the Wild Orchard restaurant. In the afternoon, we toured the town and walked to the Blue Hole which is inland and has lots of beautiful fish swimming round. The next day we, did a shorter sail to Governor's Harbor, Eleuthera. We were skeptical about the anchorage because of our experience last year when we drove through with a rental car. At that time, it appeared to be a rough and uninviting harbour. However, to our surprise this year, due to the favorable wind conditions, the harbour was peaceful and pleasant. Walking around the town was a treat. We started by visiting the historic library where Ron bought a T-shirt sponsoring the "Eleuthera Jazz Festival". Being a retired music teacher and lover of Jazz he liked being able to support jazz in the islands. The homes in this community are simply breathing taking. Each is painted with bright yellows, blues, purples and greens surrounded with a variety of beautiful flowers. The next day we finished our trip to the top of Eleuthera Island by stopping at the community of Spanish Wells. We could tie the boat to a mooring in an incredibly protected harbour. Because it was at the end of the fishing season the docks were bustling with activity as each boat was unloading it's catch to refrigerated containers. The next day a container ship came in and loaded the refrigerated containers to take to market. While on the island our sailing friends Donna and Jerry introduced us to a cruising couple that now live on the island. Jean and Bob welcomed us into their home that evening for a fun filled happy hour where we learned more about the island and what it is like living there. Mary Beth and Joe from s/v Sapphire joined us as well.
We are presently, in Lynyard Cay the gateway to The Abacos islands which are the northern most islands of the Bahamas.