We are in the Bahamas…..yahoo!!   1 comment

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leaving Ft Pierce

leaving Ft Pierce

We returned from Virginia following Thanksgiving, topped off fuel and water, and departed Vero Beach on 30 November and anchored at Fort Pierce, Florida.  It appears we will have a short weather window so we plan to depart Fort Pierce in lieu of going all the way to Lake Worth and head to Green Turtle Cay.

We anchored just south of the Fort Pierce Bascule Bridge, spent a

enroute to the Bahamas

enroute to the Bahamas

very peaceful night, departed the anchorage at 08:30 am, and headed out the inlet to the Atlantic Ocean in light winds.  As the day progressed, we had south winds at 23-29 knots with 3-5 foot seas….doable but not pretty!  Because of our angle across the Gulf Stream, we were only doing 3-5 knots over ground for several hours.  We finally reached the Bahama Banks at Matanilla Shoals at 7:50pm and continued in the dark….boy, was it ever dark!!  We had several heavy rain showers but no squalls with heavy winds…at least we were getting the salt

Green Turtle Cay in sight

Green Turtle Cay in sight

washed off the boat!!  Our passage from the Bahama Banks to Green Turtle Cay was otherwise uneventful as the weather cooperated and cleared into a very nice day.  We arrived at Green Turtle Club Marina at 10:25 on 2 December, a total of 25 hours….but we are in the Bahamas.  Our first night, we watched a bit of TV and was in bed by 7:30pm…..almost “Cruisers’ Midnight” after a long day.

On 3 December, Customs and Immigrations could not come to the boat, which they normally do at Green Turtle, because they could not find their golf cart keys.  So Billy hopped in the dinghy and went to New Plymouth to clear into the Bahamas.  Customs clearance only took a few minutes; the dinghy ride was longer, but everything was good.  We received a year’s cruising and fishing permits but only received 3 months immigrations so we will have to renew our Bahamian visa along the way.  We decided to remain in the marina in order to watch the Alabama-Florida football game for the Southeastern Conference.  Yep, Alabama won again!  Terri indicated she may start wearing an Alabama T-shirt vice an Auburn one….wow, that would be a sight to see!!

We departed Green Turtle Cay on 4 December, crossed the Whale Passage, and anchored in

Sunset Lynyard Cay

Sunset Lynyard Cay

Marsh Harbor so we could renew our sim cards for our IPads and Bahamian phone at the Batelco (Bahamian telephone) Store.  After getting everything set at the Batelco store, we just had to stop at the local bakery for our favorite scones, then over to Maxwell’s grocery for fresh vegetables.  Our last dinghy run was to the local liquor store where we found pink Sands beer and of course, some more rum.  Billy spent the remainder of the afternoon refueling and getting ready to head further south.

Royal Island, Eleuthera

Royal Island, Eleuthera

On 6 December, we departed Marsh Harbour and headed south for Lynyard Cay.  Good passage weather was forecasted for us to cross from the Abacos to Eleuthera.  So, on 7 December, we crossed over to Royal Island on the northern end of Eleuthera.  Our crossing was uneventful.  We tried fishing but did not even get a bite. 

After a peaceful night at anchor in Royal Island, we departed the

Sunset Royal Island

Sunset Royal Island

next morning for Rock Sound, Eleuthera, near the southern end of Eleuthera.  We originally were going to Hatchett Bay to hide out for an approaching cold front but decided instead to go to Rock Sound as it provides west wind protection, has supplies and fuel, and several good restaurants. 

Passing Current Cut

Passing Current Cut

We arrive at Rock Sound and the winds are forecasted to come from the north-east so we anchor on the east side near the White Orchid Restaurant.  This puts us closer to the

enroute to Rock Sound, Eleuthera

enroute to Rock Sound, Eleuthera

Rock Sound settlement so the next morning, we decided to eat lunch at Sammy’s, one of our favorite restaurants in the Bahamas and certainly the most popular in Eleuthera.  We invited the other four boats anchored in the harbor and we all had a great

Sunset Rock Sound

Sunset Rock Sound

lunch.  We had met all of the four boats during previous years (Five & Dime, Tilt, Runaway, and Ursa

peaceful Rock Sound

peaceful Rock Sound

Minor) so our lunchtime was spent catching up.  S/V Runaway is from Solomons, Maryland (our summer home) and live about a block from our homeport marina of Zahniser’s.  So, yes, it is a small world!

A cold front approaches

A cold front approaches

We spent a total of three days at Rock Sound then another weather window presented itself so we crossed from Eleuthera to Black Point, Exumas.  The 53 mile passage was

Black Point, Exumas anchorage

Black Point, Exumas anchorage

pretty uneventful.  We tried fishing again but did not catch anything.  We did get a hit though on our line but unfortunately our steel leader was cut and we lost our new lure.  Would like to catch something though.  All we caught last year was barracuda…..mean, big ones, with lots of teeth.  A nice Mahi Mahi or Tuna would be nice…….oh well, at least I did not have to clean it.

sea glass

sea glass

So, where are we now?  We are in Black Point, Exumas and have

supply boat in Black Point

supply boat in Black Point

been here a week today.  We will probably be here through Christmas then perhaps drift somewhere else for New Year’s.  We have done several walk-abouts on the island, and have visited the beach several times where we’ve found a lot of sea glass so far.  We’ve had pizza and visited Lorraine’s Café several times and

Blowing the conch horn

Blowing the conch horn

happy hours.  We hope to be able to skype with family over Christmas and Black Point does offer a lot….mostly a strong wifi signal.  Of course, available wifi has been an issue this year as they are few and very far between.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, a very Merry

Merry Christmas to everyone

Merry Christmas to everyone

Christmas, and a Happy New Year.  Until our next update……

Bill and Terri     

Posted December 20, 2016 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

One response to “We are in the Bahamas…..yahoo!!

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  1. Merry Christmas lovely sailors! Have a wonderful new year full of new memories (that we wish we were a part of)!
    Mary Jo and Mike

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