Don't Rock the boat !
25 April 2021 | Bakers Bay
Gail Gordon | sunny and windy
We are on a a starboard tack off of Isaac light house on a beam reach at 10 a.m. Viento Azul happily skipping across the water at 9 knots. The wind at 18 knots is filling our sails with any increase we will have to reef. Too much wind in a sail sets you up to break things. Looking at the blue sky, light clouds form a back drop of imagination with coolness in the air . A few sea sprays spit across the deck from small 3 foot seas.
The fishing lines are out the first catch being one barracuda . The second fish was the real excitement and a mystery. Finally after a great fight one rope fish was reeled in. Cajun Ron was not quite sure what to do with his unique catch. As the day progressed one more barracuda was on the line which the group decided they wanted to cook for dinner and so they did.
Flying fish and stacked cargo ships fill the horizon as we roll past Freeport with the deep blue seas increasing in height to 4-6 feet. Our speed across ground is now 10 plus with the wind staying steady at 16 to 18 knots. As we close in on rounding West End to pass though Indian Cut our world will change.
Indian Cut : 2:39 p.m The color ahead is mesmerizing changing from the deep blue of surrender to God's light pastel blue of Little Bahama bank. Here the wind continues to blow on a now calm sea from shallow waters which are 5 -6 feet, fortunately we only draw 4 feet. This is called skinny water. It is 51 miles to Sale Key our preferred destination for the night . But as the sun was setting we dropped anchor at Mangrove Cay.
The hand print of Dorian remains on Mangrove Cay with brown leaves . The surrounding waters are shallow with seagrass and small snappers swimming about. A beautiful sea turtle surfaced to greet us and tiny lobsters hide in the crevices below the sea. As the sunset, Adonia our buddy boat filled with our friends from Global Love Initive was picture poster perfect moment. The sun was setting as a fireball of orange right behind her. Absolutley stunning.
26 54 N : 78 35 W. Mangrove Cay, 4-25-21
6:30 a.m. The clanging of the anchor chain, as the windless noisily does her job for an early morning departure, is the sign to get out of bed! Sails are raised, coffee is seeping and we are underway. The wind has dropped to14 knots. We are on a beam reach traveling at 8.5 giving us a sweet calm ride with the sun above.
A peaceful day with the most delightful sailing. The fishing ploes were very busy today with more barracuda and an added king mackerel. The good news is everyone survived eating the barracuda last night! To add to the excitement of our fishing, we have to head up wind when a fish is on the line. We were headed for the rocks with a fish that we did not want to lose. The grand prize was a beautiful large mutton snapper, a prized catch. Surely no more barracuda will stay aboard but will be given immediately back to the sea.
Getting back under way we have favor all the way with the wind changing direction when we need to change our tack. We sailed south east today in perfect conditions. We expect to arrive Marsh Harbor as the sun goes down where we will have two new guests join our team , Jeff and Chrisit.
God has the perfect plan. Their plane was late and thanks to Amos who lives on the island he transported them to the Green Turtle Ferry dock just as we were approaching that part of the island. While in the area we went ashore and rode with Amos down the farm road where a community of 800 to 1,000 Haitians have taken up residence. A street church service was taking place . We connected with the group and will return durning the week to bring encouragement to the community who is suffering and in despair at this time.
With everyone back aboard setting sail again we took one more stop at Don"t Rock, a favorite Rock island of ours. A great place to climb high and jump into the clear wondrous Bahamas water! A refreshing time to end another day underway.
Looking around during our passage through the Sea of Abaco , hurricane brown is still very present with the vegetation struggling in some areas to survive. We have not made it into Marsh Harbor as of yet. Instead we have anchored in Bakers Bay and will continue on in the morning. 26 41 N : 77 24 W