Saturday, February 14, 2014 to Sunday, February 23, 2014
The trip is going very well and we have been very lucky with the weather. As expected, internet availability is more limited as we move south and we are at anchor much more than in the past, so we are getting very good at conserving water, fuel and food.
We leave Spanish Wells after a great visit and head out with Haidi Girl (Jules and Kathy) and Monarch (Dauphin and Jodi) towards Hatchet Bay. Winds are light but its a good day for travelling. We hit the dreaded Current Cut at just the right time so the current and the tide are in our favour. No problems.
The entrance to Hatchet Bay is narrow but the harbour is well protected from the wind and peaceful. There are already numerous boats anchored there. We have a quiet evening and dinner hosted on Monarch.
The next day we leave Hatchet Bay, again with Haida Girl and Monarch, and head for Cape Eleuthera. Winds are up and it is a fantastic day for sailing. We have Silver Maple going the fastest it ever has! When we arrive at Cape Eleuthera, is a lovely but quiet marina. We have dinner at the restaurant at the marina and call it an early night. We have a long day tomorrow doing the ocean crossing to the Exumas.
For our trip crossing to the Exumas the ocean is dead calm. The calmest we have ever seen on any ocean crossing (granted…we haven’t had all that many). The water is like glass. Lee puts out a fishing line to pass the time and does some trolling. Surprise! We get a hit. In fact we get three. The first two get off the hook just as we are getting them on the boat. The third we land. Mahi Mahi for dinner! When we get settled in the Exuma Land and Sea Park mooring at Warderick Wells, we invite Dauphin and Jodi from Monarch to join us for a fresh fish dinner.
After we arrive at the Exuma Land and Sea Park at Warderick Wells, we stay for almost a week, enjoying beaches, snorkeling and exploring the islands — and waiting for some bad weather to pass. When it finally does, we head down to Staniel Cay where Silver Maple is moored right next to Thunderball Grotto, the place where the James Bond movie, Thunderball was filmed. We swim over to the cave from the boat. Great experience. Amazing fish and wildlife all around it.
From Staniel Cay, we go just a short distance south to Black Point. This is a small town Bahamian town that’s not touristy at all. Very nice. We anchor in the bay and take the dingy into town to do laundry at the Laundromat and then in again for dinner. It’s a very warm evening so we sit outside at Lorraine’s Café, a Bahamian restaurant where Lorraine took our order and then went into the kitchen to make dinner. She asked us to help ourselves at the bar. Needless to say, very casual — and very fun.
Today, we moved to Little Farmers Cay, a very quiet place run by Roosevelt and his wife. We are the only boat at the dock and the only ones in the restaurant for dinner. And, a beautiful setting.
Tomorrow, we have an 8 hour ocean passage from Little Farmers Cay to Georgetown. The weather is forecast to be low winds and fairly quiet seas. Should be an easy trip.