We are off
07 December 2014 | lyford Cay
greg/Mary Sunny , windy, full moon
After 13 days of waiting in Bimini, or Bikini as our cousin called it, we finally left for New Providence (Nassau) at 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday the 6th. The wind was great. Right direction, right velocity, and up went the sails. Mile High Dream was in it's prime, cruising along at 7 knots. The weather forecast predicted declining winds but they once again were wrong. We kept reducing the amount of sail we had put up and continued to sail along at 6-7 knots. We watched the sun set and the full moon rise. What a beautiful night.
At 1:30am we reached the northwest channel marker. This signified that we would be leaving the shallow grand bank of the Bahamas and entering the tongue of the ocean where the depth goes from 15' to 3000' in a short distance. Mary said "we have made great time why don't we pull over and get some sleep and then enter the tongue in the morning".
That was a great idea so we sailed off the main course and dropped anchor to catch a few winks. Four hours later the sun was coming up and we headed for deep water. You know it is deep when your depth sounder no longer registers the depth and just says "deep".
The waves started to increase in height and soon we were rocking and rolling. We reached Lyford Cay on New Providence Island around 4:00. This secluded bay surrounded by multi-million dollar homes is just a few miles from Nassau. We had a rocky night at anchor so we were off at sunrise. Sailing overnight with only a few hours of sleep and then spending this night rocking and pitching left us a little grumpy.
Today is the start of a new day.
Picture is sunset over the Bahamas Grand Bank