Treasure Cay, Elbow Cay, and Marsh Harbor, 2015   Leave a comment

waves in the whale

waves in the whale

We departed Green Turtle Cay on 7 December and headed for the Whale Passage. We got to within two miles of the Whale Cut and there were breakers across the opening so we decided it would be too rough to cross and headed back to Green Turtle to anchor and wait for a more presentable passage. So, what about this Whale Passage? For those who have not been, the Whale is said to be one of the most treacherous passages in the Abacos and should be treated with the most respect.

Well, on our way back to Treasure Cay, we saw four sailboats heading for the Whale,

we could just see the mast

we could just see the mast

so we turned around and followed them. We remembered all the times our Moms would say, “Just because your friends do it, does not mean you need to” yet we found ourselves following in line with the other boats heading towards the Whale. As we approached the Whale, the waves became higher and to top it off, it began to squall with horizontal rain, high winds,….and bigger waves in our face. We found ourselves in 10-12 foot waves breaking over our bow. At one point, we could only see the mast of one of the sailboats as he was down in the trough of the wave while we were on the crest. Yes, we thought this was one of the dumbest things we have done…..so far…..but it got a little worse…..as we met the fuel boat, M/V Tropical Breeze, in the middle of the cut. He was coming the other way and with each huge wave, his stern would come out of the water and he would go broadside to the surf as his props and rudder would come out of the water. With horizontal rain, a broadsided boat, and a gentle wave from the fuel boat’s Captain, we finally passed through the cut. Once through the cut and after we paralleled Whale Cay, the waves subsided to 6-8 feet. It was a bit rolly but the Whale is only about two miles long. With enough drama for the day….and probably for the week, we reached the other side and made it to the anchorage in Marsh Harbor without any issues. Needless to say, we were beat….in more ways than one….and were both in bed at 7:40pm and slept all night.

We remained at anchor in Marsh Harbor through 9 December and got our IPads working with Batelco Simmcards so we could get e-mails, mail, etc using our IPads. We also met for happy hour with the other four boats we had crossed the Whale with at Snappas Restaurant. The consensus of all of the boats was that we would cross the Whale only in favorable weather…yes, that would be a good idea!

Treasure Cay beach

Treasure Cay beach

We departed Marsh Harbor and went to Treasure Cay for a

Bill on the beach

Bill on the beach

few days. We have not been to Treasure Cay for two years and found there were so many mooring balls installed in the anchorage it was almost impossible to anchor. With predicted high winds, we picked up a mooring ball and

Wildlife at Treasure Cay

Wildlife at Treasure Cay

decided to just chill. The mooring fee included wifi, which was not too strong, and use of the marina facilities. We attended pizza night in the restaurant…..it was good! We also walked down the long beach at Treasure Cay looking for shells and sea beans but did not find anything. Oh well, we worked up a

Treasure Cay sunset

Treasure Cay sunset

thirst and got some exercise in the process.

We departed Treasure Cay on 14 December and had a nice sail over to Elbow Cay, near Hopetown. We caught a glimpse of the Hopetown Lighthouse as we passed.

Hopetown lighthouse

Hopetown lighthouse

We anchored just before Baker’s Rock and had a wonderful, relaxing afternoon. We both realized that we could finally relax a bit. We saw lots of sea turtles and a couple of dolphins but they were so fast that we could not get a photo of them. The turtle would pop their heads up just as Terri was reaching for the camera…..guess they were camera shy. This area is known as “shark alley” with lots of bull sharks frequenting the area as the local restaurants clean

Second Option's shadow

Second Option’s shadow

their fresh fish catch and dump the remains in the water. We did not see any sharks though but did catch the shadow of our boat on the bottom of the water….pretty neat!

We decided to remain at Elbow Cay for another day as the winds were relatively calm and the weather was nice. We

Baracuda

Barracuda

made water while at anchor. This is the first year we have had a water maker where in previous years, we would have to carry the water from shore to the boat in the dinghy. Filling jerry jugs with water would become an all-day affair so this year, we decided to install a 30 gallon/hour water maker. It is very nice to crank the generator, make water, and heat the water at the same time….why didn’t we do this earlier in previous trips to the Bahamas? It is also hard to believe that two weeks ago, we were moving down the ICW from Vero Beach to Lake Worth. Now here we are sitting at anchor in the Abacos…..Wow, time flies when you are having fun.

chilling at Elbow Cay

chilling at Elbow Cay

Elbow Cay sunset

Elbow Cay sunset

After chilling at Elbow Cay for a few days, we departed on 16 December and returned to Marsh Harbor. As a cold front is approaching later in the week, we will go into Mangoes Marina tomorrow and stay until after Christmas. So until our next update……

Bill and Terri

Posted December 28, 2015 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

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