The final stretch : Mission to Marsh Harbor update
22 February 2020 | Little Harbor
Gail Gordon | clear
Feb 22 Saturday the wind is blasting in Mash Harbor so we lay low one more day before heading out. The wind is holding steady 25 to 30 stirring up the sea. 8:06 a.m.Sunday morning we head out of Marsh Harbor, its a spectacular day. The wind has decreased to15 and the white caps have diminished. We are headed south into the wind making for a bumpy ride. As we reach Little Harbor looking out to the sea the winds have picked back up. The seas are raging out the channel breaking on the rocks sending a spray at least a couple of stories high. Wisdom says pull in Little Harbor and drop the anchor and so we have! The calm still waters and the warm sun are welcoming. We spend the day walking around exploring Little Harbor. Helping Hands and Hearts are here also taking a day off enjoying the beauty of the Bahamas. This area of the island has less damage than Marsh Harbor. Some roofs have suffered damage but the majority look intact. The trees and vegetation are in full green dancing in the wind today. It is amazing how only 20 miles or so from the storm life appears to goes on as usual. Petes pub is open and filled with happy customers. The beach is is filled with people enjoying the sun and water. We rest here through the night.
Monday morning at day break clang, clang is the sound as the anchor chain is rising from the sea. Motoring out of Little Harbor we head out the channel into peace, the sea has calmed. Viento Azul feels like a gentle seesaw as we head into a rose orange horizon with strips of grey from the cloud lines. The air is cool and the wind gentle. The rolling sea is quiet in a rhythmic motion while the aroma of coffee mixes with the salt air. I hear the sound of the wench as the white of the main sail climbs the mast with the bow pointed in to the wind the sail reaches the top. Falling off to our starboard , our day begins.
Our course is Hole in the Wall, Chub, North West Channel , Riding Rocks, then into Islamorada.
It is a one tack ride South Pacific style. Viento Azul is happy in the wind making way, averaging 8 to 11 knots. It is a smooth rolling ride, on a beam reach the swell in the sea is still strong but a good ride!
A few fish on the line but nothing to write home about and nothing to put in the frying pan. The wind peaks up some and we reef the sail. Night falls and we continue on through out the night. Night shift is broken up amongst the team to stand watch for ships or bad weather. The stars are brilliant above. Its a quiet peaceful night gliding though the sea. Early a.m. we enter the Gulf Stream with a little pounding but nothing to severe. Our speed has been superb and it looks like a record passage of 30 hours!
As we enter over the reef of the Florida Keys the deep blue turns to a milky white, which blends into a mixture of pastel greys above through out the clouds, glorifying in color from the contrast of the turquoise Florida Keys shallow waters. Our eye is on our watch to see if we will make the one o’clock Snake Creek bridge.