Vero Beach to Lake Worth, FL to Great Sale Cay, Bahamas to Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas   2 comments

We are in the Bahamas!! Yahoooooo!!

Sunrise on Crossing over

Sunrise on Crossing over

What a week this has been. Last week this time, we had just returned from spending Thanksgiving with the kids and granddaughter and were in Vero Beach, FL. Upon return to Vero Beach, we looked at the weather and determined we would make a run to Lake Worth to position to cross over to the Bahamas.

Once at Lake Worth, the predicted weather for crossing to the Bahamas looked

Crossing over

Crossing over

Sunset before Great Sale

Sunset before Great Sale

okay…..not the best but not the worse we’ve crossed over in either. So, we departed Lake Worth at 2:10am on 2 December and started our passage to Great Sale, a little over 100 miles away. The seas were not as calm as predicted and for the first part of our passage, we felt as if we were in the heavy-duty wash cycle of the washing machine. Waves were between 2-5 feet with 15 knots from the east, right on the nose. Around 9:00am, when wind and waves calmed a bit, we rolled out the jib and

Sunrise Great Sale

Sunrise Great Sale

motor-sailed. We reached the Little Bahama Banks around

A stormy sunrise

A stormy sunrise

10:30am and turned toward Great Sale Cay. Winds and waves on the Banks were much calmer and we were making around 7.5 knots of speed GPS. After a 16.5 hour run, we arrived at Great Sale at 6:30pm and anchored in the dark…it

Looks like rain

Looks like rain

was pitch black. But with our new upgraded instruments, we were able to navigate to a good anchorage with no problems. There were four other boats at anchor when we anchored at Great Sale and three other boats came in about two hours after us. We ate dinner, showered, and were both in bed by 8:30pm only to be woken from a dead sleep at 2:00am by a heavy rain storm. Other than the rain, we had a quiet night.

On 3 December, we awoke to thunder and lightning and departed Great Sale at

A stormy morning

A stormy morning

6:40am. The early rain squall moved away from us as we moved east but there were others all around us. Despite thunder storms being around us, our trip to Green Turtle Cay was uneventful; we heard a lot of thunder but did not get rained on. We did see a huge sea turtle along the way but missed taking a photo of him. We arrived at Green Turtle Cay Club at 3:30pm and quickly showered as the marina called

Quarantine Flag raising

Quarantine Flag raising

Customs and Immigrations. It was so convenient that Customs and Immigrations come to the boat to clear you into the Bahamas vice you going to them. After the Customs Agent arrived, within 15 minutes we were cleared into the Bahamas and we lowered our Quarantine Flag and raised the Bahamian Flag. Wow, what service!!

We remain in Green Turtle Cay Club as it is very rainy and windy. We feel very lucky to

Chilling at Green Turtle

Chilling at Green Turtle

Relaxing at Green Turtle

Relaxing at Green Turtle

have made the crossing during this weather window. It will probably be a week or longer before another weather window is available for a crossing. We hope to depart on 7 December and cross over the Whale Passage. If the weather is not conducive to cross the “Whale”, then we will probably depart the marina and anchor and explore Manjack Cay.

When we depart Green Turtle Cay, we do not expect to have wifi until we either get to Marsh Harbor or Treasure Cay but will update our blog when we can. Until our next update…..

Bill and Terri

Posted December 6, 2015 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Vero Beach to Lake Worth, FL to Great Sale Cay, Bahamas to Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

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  1. Glad you are safe in the Bahamas! We are both doing MUCH better. Merry Christmas to you both! Hugs, Laura

  2. Woo hoo! Love to see our friends chillin’! Merry Christmas. Safe travels and much fun for the new year!!!
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    Mary Jo and Mike s/vSerenity

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