25 December 2010
We sleep soundly in the security of Sea Sharp in a marina in Nassau after a hairy day yesterday. We get up early and go to Starbucks' to do internet an email. We also have some provisions and other affairs to attend to so we decide not to leave until early afternoon; and then just to Rose Island, five or six miles from Nassau. It's calm and pleasant, a welcome change from yesterday and anchor in Rose Island by mid afternoon. Georgina, Roger and Judy go snorkelling. We have a calm night and head out next morning to head to Allen's Cay, our first stop in the beautiful Exumas. It's an easy 35 mile run and it's warm and calm. We get into Allen's Cay and anchor along with probably 16 other boats in this somewhat protected anchorage.
This is the place with the Iguanas and they are out in force. They are quite used to humans as huge speed boats bring day cruisers over from Nassau on a daily basis to feed them. They're quite a sight and not the least bit disturbed by humans.
In the middle of the night the wind picks up and it gets very very rocky in this anchorage; while there is reasonable wind protection, there is a lot of surge and the boats are pitching wildly at anchor. We are in a pretty good position and don't seem to be moving as badly as some. A number of boats move to different spots in the anchorage field to avoid the sickening motion. It's very windy and it would be very challenging to leave so we're stuck here until it abates. But, hey, we ain't shovelling snow.