Au Revoir Bahamas
17 March 2016
Uproar and crew have completed 8 months of our voyage. Per plan, we have spent four of those months in the Bahamas. We are now in Mayaguana, one of the southern-most islands in the Bahamas. The typical snowbird route is to sail down to this area, then slowly work back north for hurricane season. We are continuing south to enjoy the Caribbean and spend hurricane season in Grenada or Trinidad.
We bid a sad farewell to the Bahamas. Pristine waters, beautiful islands and the friendliest people anywhere have made this one of our favorite destinations. Weather has been good but contained a few surprises, namely the strong winds during the passing of cold fronts. We headed for a safe harbor eight times to ride out some good ones. It was not that bad, we met other cruisers in these hurricane holes.
I can't stress how wonderful the people of the Bahamas are. Most tourists end up in Nassau with a different perspective. Please visit the outer islands and you won't be disappointed. We were able to get rides by hitch hiking everywhere. Often we would be just walking and someone would ask us if we needed a ride. Everyone you meet greets you in a sincere and up-beat manner. Their dialect is delightful and sometimes understandable. Bahamians have enhanced our Bahamas cruise.
Rick Anderson is joining us tomorrow on Mayaguana. Rick is an experienced offshore sailor who just loves to cover the miles. Rick was with us on our fateful passage from Beaufort, NC to Abacos. His experience and help were instrumental in our saving Uproar from further troubles, such as sinking! Rick, we will keep the water out of the boat this time. Stuff has been fixed since your last voyage with us.
Heading east and south from the Bahamas is tricky and can be difficult. There is a well known book, “Gentleman's Guide to the Thorny Path” to help avoid pitfalls in this journey. We plan to take advantage of the coming cold front to hurtle us east, then south to either the east end of Dominican Republic or all the way to San Juan, PR. Cross your fingers.
Anyone who has our Bahamas phone number will find it quits working after Saturday, March 20. We will figure out our communications at our next stop, wherever that is.
Thanks for all who have given us moral support and especially those who have visited the past 8 months. Please stay tuned for our Caribbean adventure.