Spanish Wells and back to Rock Sound, Eleuthera then crossing to Black Point, Exumas   Leave a comment

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Following Daruma southward

Following Daruma southward

We finally departed Spanish Wells on 25 January and headed back to Rock Sound, Eleuthera for our 3rd time this season.  Terri and I both said it was good to be traveling again even though it was cool with almost no wind.  S/V Daruma with Mark and Joelle travelled with us down the Exuma Sound and we had a very pleasant motor-sail southward, even the current and tide was with us. 

With weather forecast calling for another cold front in a few days, we

Bill at the blue hole

Bill at the blue hole

resupplied the boat, fueled up, took a bike tour of Rock Sound, revisiting the blue hole, then rented a car for the day with Mark and

Cliffs at Glass Window

Cliffs at Glass Window

Joelle and showed them the Glass Window, Hatchett Bay, and Governor’s Harbor along with other scenic spots along the way. The Glass Window is really incredible to see with the wild water on the Atlantic Ocean side and the calm water on the Exumas sound side.

Us at glass window

Us at glass window

During our road trip, we also stopped at a small restaurant for lunch called Surfer’s Manor.  The restaurant was definitely off the beaten

Surge at glass Window

Surge at glass Window

path and we thought with the name, it would be located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Eleuthera but it was not….anyway, the burgers were outstanding.  Flloyddeia, the restaurant manager, talked with us and explained all about how

The calm side of Glass Window

The calm side of Glass Window

things worked…or did not work, in Eluethera.  Spiced with interesting conversations, we had a great day and the road trip was a needed break from being on our boat all of the

Lunch at Surfer's Manor

Lunch at Surfer’s Manor

time.

The next morning, we moved to the west side of Rock Sound anticipating the approaching cold front.  As predicted, the cold front’s arrival was almost on time and was marked with high west

Here comes the cold front

Here comes the cold front

winds which clocked as high as 38 knots (43 mph).  One would think we would be use to high winds by now

Another round of bad weather

Another round of bad weather

but we weren’t and we spent half the night in the cockpit watching the wind instruments going up and down.  By early morning on 29

January, the winds finally veered from the west to the northwest and calmed below 20 knots.  We catnapped most of the morning then Mark and Joelle dinghied over to play Mexican-train dominoes in the afternoon.  After a rigorous game of dominoes, we had a good night’s sleep.

With the passage of the cold front and then settling of winds and waves, we departed Rock Sound, Eleuthera on 30 January and crossed over to Black Point, Exumas.  The passage was about 40 miles or so and the winds started off light and variable but then climbed to the 15-18 knot range.  We had a great motor-sail over and was hoping to catch our first fish of this season.  We cast our fishing lines out and did not have a nibble until just before entering Dothan Cut, just off the shores at Black Point.  And what did we catch……yep, a big barracuda….which we cannot eat.  We finally got him in, then released him.  With no other bites, we pulled our fishing line in and prepared to enter Dothan Cut.  Dothan is fairly deep but is a bit narrow.  We hit the outgoing tide wrong and had about a two knot current against us.  It was a little bumpy but we made it through the cut and anchored just off the government dock at Black Point.  With a celebratory drink with Mark and Joelle at Scorpio’s Restaurant, we then moved to Deshannon’s Restaurant and had a great pizza, our first pizza this season in the Bahamas, and yes, it was goooood!!

Finding sea glass

Finding sea glass

Black Point is one of Terri’s favorite places in the Bahamas as she

Bag of sea glass

Bag of sea glass

loves to scour the beach on Exuma Sound side for sea glass.  My question to her is always, “What will you do with it all?”  Her response is always, well…..!  She has made some jewelry for herself and others though so I will just flow with the day.  Anyway, bright and early, we walked over to the beach and spent our morning searching for sea glass.  After a few hours bent over in the sea glass search mode, we collected about a gallon zip-lock bag of sea glass. 

Lobsters on the dock

Lobsters on the dock

Many folks ask us what occupies our day while we are in the

Nurse shark Black Point

Nurse shark Black Point

Bahamas.  We like to go into the community and see what is going on.  At the Government dock, we usually see the fishermen cleaning their day’s catch of lobsters and fish with the scraps being fed the sharks.  Most of our day is occupied with refueling and doing other boat chores.  This year, our boat chores are reduced a bit as we installed a 30 gallon/hour reverse osmosis water maker.  So instead of schlepping water from shore to the boat in six gallon jerry jugs, we now crank our generator, flip some switches, and make drinkable water from sea water….pretty neat and it saves my back in the process.  Of course, one other thing we must do is laundry.  So, today was laundry day at Ida’s Laundry in Black Point.  You never know how much laundry you have until you start to sort it.  I keep suggesting we should just be naked aboard and save on laundry but suspect we would have a

Rainbow after the storm

Rainbow after the storm

revolution from fellow boaters anchored near us.  Oh well, laundry day.  After several laundry loads at Ida’s, we do a walk about of the Black Point Settlement and of course have a happy hour drink at Scorpio’s Restaurant.  Later we return to the boat in time for a small squall to come through with a little rain and some winds…at least we got the boat washed.  The squall only lasted about 30 minutes or so…now that is the way we should have a cold front passage….short and sweet.

sunset at Black Point

sunset at Black Point

We were planning to go further south to Little Farmer’s Cay and spend the weekend attending the 5F’s Festival (First Friday in February at Farmer’s Cay Festival).  We attended the 5F’s festivities our first year and it was a blast.  This year though, there was yet another cold front forecasted, so we decided to head for protection from the west winds in Pipe Creek, which is further north instead of going south.  So, with that, we will stop here and catch up with further updates.  Until our next update……

Bill and Terri

Posted March 8, 2016 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

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