First Christmas in the Bahamas
23 December 2017 | Black Point Settlement
Sunny, 80 Degrees, Winds NE, 6-10 Knots
We had an uneventful crossing from Lake Worth to Nassau. The winds were light and favorable, which meant we had to motor sail most of the time. However, we still managed to arrive a couple of hours faster than previous crossings. During my watch, I was startled by the cockpit being illuminated by strange lights. I looked over to my right and saw that a cruise ship was putting on a fireworks display. Prior to that I did hear something being announced over the radio, but was not able to understand what the captain was saying. In hindsight, I realize he was announcing the fireworks display. So I just relaxed and enjoyed the show. At different times during the night each of us had to alter our course to avoid oncoming ships. I personally felt good that I can now handle this type of situation without waking Ron. I must say we really love our new AIS Transceiver that we installed this past spring. Prior to that our VHF could only receive AIS signals but could not transmit. So now we not only see on coming ships, but they can see us as well. Ya gotta love technology.
Our stay at Nassau Harbour Club Marina was very short. We checked into customs, got our cruising permit and Battelco SIM cards. The SIM cards allow us to operate on the Bahamas phone and internet system. After spending a restful night, we left the dock and headed to our first stop at Shroud Cay in the Exumas. Now the fun begins.
Today we are sailing 30 miles to Black Point Settlement where we will be catching up with our friends Jerry and Donna on Blue Jacket to celebrate Christmas. We hope that all of our friends and family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.