Back to Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Hatchett Bay, and Royal Island   1 comment

Wax Cay Cut

Wax Cay Cut

On 13 February, we departed Shroud Cay and moved through Wax Cay Cut to head back to Rock Sound, Eleuthera. This will mark our 3rd time to Rock Sound this season….guess we are becoming a regular there! Wax Cay Cut seemed to be a nice deep cut but we hit it with an incoming tide so our speed in the cut dropped from 7 knots to 3.8 knots. Once through the cut, the Exumas Sound was a bit bouncy; the waves were in the 3-4 foot range and winds were as high as 30 knots. You know it is really bad when we are comfortable with winds being in the 30+ knot range. As we have stated in earlier posts, this has been a very windy season in the Bahamas. We tried to fish but did not get a bite during our crossing to Eleuthera. All we have caught this season has been barracudas and we do not eat those.

We spent Valentine’s Day in Rock Sound, Eleuthera doing boat chores and just chilling a

sunrise at Rock Sound

sunrise at Rock Sound

bit. Our winds were in the 30+ knot range and veered from the east, to the south, then southwest, and back to the east and ran that course for four days. It was forecasted to calm a bit on 18 February so we moved further north to Hatchett Bay. The winds started out with 15-20 knots and about an hour and a half into our trip, they clocked 35-39 knots. We were pounding into the 2-4 foot waves so we changed our course and headed closer to

Heading to Hatchett Bay

Heading to Hatchett Bay

Pineapple Cay and then skirted up the west coast of Eleuthera.

It was a little chilly

It was a little chilly

The oncoming waves were down but the wind continued to build; our highest was 42 knots. We kept asking if the winds would ever subside….they did not! We continued to Hatchett Bay and entered the cut at Hatchett at 4:00pm after a long day.

We stayed at Hatchett Bay for two days with strong east-northeast winds in the mid-30 knot range. I thought I would never see it but we had white capped waves inside Hatchett Bay, which provides all-around protection from the wind and waves. Oh well, at

sunrise at Hatchett Bay

sunrise at Hatchett Bay

least it was not snowing!!

We departed Hatchett Bay on 20 February enroute to Royal Island with 20 knot east winds, giving us a beam reach all the way from Hatchett Bay to Current Cut, which is at the northern neck of Eleuthera. You have to time your approach and passage

approaching Current Cut

approaching Current Cut

through Current Cut, as the name implies, there can be a lot of current there if your timing is wrong. With the current going with us, we passed through the cut without any issues and headed to Royal Island.

Departing Royal Island

Departing Royal Island

Royal Island is generally the way-stop point crossing between Eleuthera and the Abacos chain of islands. We did not want to return to the Abacos so soon but with the predicted upcoming weather and a call for a good weather window to the Abacos, we decided it

Sunrise at Royal

Sunrise at Royal

would be better to be tied securely to the dock at Mangoes Marina in Marsh Harbor. Of course, what is predicted for a weather passage window, and what you really get is a bit different…..isn’t it always that way?? The winds and waves seemed light until we got out of the lee of the island then we had east winds in the 26-28 knot range and seas were estimated 8-10 foot rollers with a 12 second interval. This meant the seas were a bit rough but we had a great sail over to Little Harbor, Abacos, averaging 8.4 knots enroute. S/V Daruma accompanied us on our passage and there were several times where all we could see was their mast when we were in the trough.

enroute to Little Harbor

enroute to Little Harbor

Unfortunately, we were unable to fish again as the seas were rough. We passed through the cut at Little Harbor and anchored mid-afternoon at Lynyard Cay. We joined Daruma and other cruisers on the beach for an impromptu happy hour and had a quiet night at anchor.

We departed Lynyard Cay on 22 February and after a four hour

At the local bakery in Marsh Harbor

At the local bakery in Marsh Harbor

sail, we arrived in Marsh Harbor. Having previously called for a marina reservation, we were greeted by Rey at Mangoes Marina. Rey is always helpful getting you tied to his marina and it was good to be secured to the dock following the weather we have had this season. Our plan is to stay at Mangoes for a month and attend the Barefoot Man Concert on Great Guana Cay on 18 March. We keep busy by cleaning the boat, renewing

biking to the grocery store

biking to the grocery store

our Bahamian visa, and doing shopping around the area. We are also able to get our bikes off the boat and explore Marsh Harbor via bicycles vice walking. One of our favorite activities

Terri playing bocce ball

Terri playing bocce ball

on Sunday afternoon is to play bocce ball at the Strawberry Monkey Yacht Club. We were shut out during our first session but lately have been doing better; we made it to the semi-final third round last Sunday.

We got a bocce ball point!

We got a bocce ball point!

Perhaps next Sunday we will win the weekly tournament and be awarded with a coveted “golden” coconut. Okay, we are not that good but we do enjoy getting out and about and meeting new and “old” cruisers. So, until our

Watching the bocce competition

Watching the bocce competition

next update…..

Bill and Terri

Posted March 17, 2016 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

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  1. What are the white covers covering on port side in pic #2?– heading to Hachett Bay

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