Wednesday, January 14, 2015 to Saturday, January 24, 2015
We arrive back in the Bahamas to sunshine and lovely warm weather on Wednesday. It is good to be back! After arriving at Treasure Cay we take the ferry to Green Turtle Cay. Silver Maple is in storage at the Abaco Yacht Services boat yard on Green Turtle Cay. By Friday we have it back in the water. She is in good shape and survived the summer storage well. After a few days of cleaning and prepping she is looking ship-shape.
Once in the water we spend a few days at the Leeward Yacht club and then move on to Marsh Harbour. The passage at Whale Cay has become easy now that we have done it a few times. Arriving at the Jib Room/Marsh Harbour Marina is like coming home. We reconnect with Sharon and Pete from Annapolis, MD, on their new motor boat, Emerald Lady. They gave up their sailboat, Kankita, and went to the dark-side. It is an American Tug. Spacious and very nice. Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt) from Oakville, ON, are also at the Jib Room. We spend some time visiting with them and their dog, Casey.
The weather report shows some bad weather moving in, so we take advantage of the window and head south to Lynyard Cay and make the crossing to Eleuthera on Thursday, January 22nd. Its a great crossing. Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) are with us. We have nice wind that picks up as we go. By the time we arrive, we are really moving! We spend a night in Royal Harbour and then move on to Spanish Wells to sit out the weather.
Spanish Wells is a lovely fishing town that we visited last year and really enjoyed. On Saturday, we take the fast ferry to Harbour Island and stroll around Dunmore Town and walk the beach. We have a nice lunch at the Coral Sands Hotel overlooking the beach. Gorgeous day.
Tomorrow we head out to Hatchet Bay in the morning, our next stop as we head south toward the Exumas. The bad weather is supposed to hit tonight, but tomorrow should be nice, so we will be back on the water!