Back to Long Island
22 February 2014 | Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas
The original plan was to spend four or five days in Rum Cay. When we pulled the anchor up on Thursday morning we were going to sail to the other side of Rum Cay and anchor in Flamingo Bay. As we discussed it more while we were turning to our course, we decided we really wanted to take care of some of the necessities we needed before we left the Bahamas. We weren’t sure if any of the planned stops would have the things we really needed, specifically propane and diesel fuel, so we decided to head to Clarence Town on the south end of Long Island instead. We had called and asked if they had propane and they said no but we figured somehow we could manage to get our propane tank filled on the island.
We ended up having the best sail yet this season. We used only three of our four sails, we never put the main sail up, but we were going six to seven knots for most of the day. It is a big ocean but after a while we looked behind us and saw our friends from New Zealand gaining on us. Then we looked ahead of us and saw what our AIS told us was a 197 foot sailboat. They were a cutter ketch just like we are and they were sailing right on a collision course towards us. We were on a port tack (the wind was coming over our port (left) side) and they were on a starboard tack (the wind was coming over their starboard (right) side). Starboard tack always wins when you are deciding who has the right of way. We had to turn closer to the wind to slow down and get out of their way. We called to tell them we were doing that so they didn’t have to wonder if we knew the rules of the road. They were beautiful though.
When we got to Clarence Town there were a number of other boats anchored in the harbor outside the town. You can kind of see the anchorage in the picture above. It is way past the rock jetty enclosing the marina. It was a long wet dinghy ride back and forth to town! The marina, where we tied up our dinghy, was great though. They had a very nice laundry facility that they let us use and we lucked out on being able to get propane there. It turned out that the propane guy was working on a project to replace their propane tank and was able to pick up our empty tank and bring it back to us full the next day. We were able to fill our diesel and gasoline tanks there too.
We did take a walk to town and got some food at the store. We would have spent more time walking around the town but instead we were incredibly social. We spent some time with our friends from New Zealand who were staying at the marina and we also met our neighbors resulting in two different happy hour gatherings on their boats. Tonight we met some cruisers who are going the same way we are and we had a great time discussing that among other things. We had intended to stay here until Monday but now it looks like we are heading out tomorrow and not reaching our destination, still not completely determined, until sometime on Monday. The wind is not supposed to be too bad. Maybe tomorrow will be the day we catch a fish!