Finally!…a stable weather pattern is in sight. What will we do…enjoy it, of course!
Mother Nature has brought us sunny conditions, high 70’s and low 80’s and we are elated! Trades will fill in from the East for at least a week allowing a beam reach Southward in the Sea of Abaco – just what we needed.
Departing Marsh Harbour is bittersweet. We treated ourselves to 3 nights at Conch Inn & Marina which is a Moorings and Sunsail Charter base. Marsh Harbour is, of course, the cream-de-la-creme of provisioning in the Northern Abacos. We hit Maxwells – kind of a Bahamas Publix grocery – and spent a small fortune but we are stocked up for the next 60 days. We were able to get fuel, propane, fresh produce, Diet Coke (a necessity) and a small used Danforth anchor for the RIB (our claw-style anchor was no good for holding in sand or on the beach). The biggest treat was shore power and shore water to wash off 45 days of salt and sea-spray. The crew worked hard …. being at the dock is “work!” The Boat is clean and ready for the next leg of the adventure…so where are we going?
Hopetown is first. White Sound is a big mooring field and the town is reported to be quaint. The Atlantic side is beautiful (shot of the beach at right). The big attraction is the cruising community and the last manually worked functioning lighthouse in the Bahamas (which we will report on in a later post). Based on what we heard on the morning cruisers net, there’s lots to do in Hopetown…sailing dinghy and boat races; nightlife; music and entertainment; food (of course) and snorkeling – which we will double-down on to try and get some fresh fish or lobster for grilling. Since starting this post, we arrived in Hopetown and it is quaint!…and we found LOBSTER! Right under the boat in our anchorage.
We had to anchor outside of White Sound (the mooring field) because it was full…but winds are blowing from the East, putting us in the wind shadow of Elbow Cay and all is right with the world. We will begin our hunting (snorkeling) when the sun rises.
Little Harbour is next – not expecting much there but it is a cruiser hangout based on map and Active Captain reconnaissance and these little “settlements” here in the Abacos each have a unique personality. We look forward to discovering this one too.
We hope to enjoy some anchorage time along the way to snorkel and enjoy Tilloo Banks and Linyard Cay areas. The real goal is to negotiate a navigable cut through Abaco outer Cays to Eleuthera. Fair weather is important to getting out of the Sea of Abaco and into the Atlantic for the crossing next Island chain.
In the mean time, the sun is out…the winds are calm…the sea is smooth and we will enjoy our leisurely hops from Cay to Cay as conditions permit.