03/04/2014 Betsy

May 23  – Escape from the Bahamas Ahhhh, it’s like getting two guard dogs drunk so they’ll lie down and let you sneak out! That’s what it has felt like trying to find a window to cross back to the US. Actually, we’re still trying to get out of this marina! Finally, a passage window seems to have surfaced, the guard dogs are going to sleep and we’re going to slip off the Bank and get to the Gulf Stream on Tuesday for crossing…..at least that is the plan! The winds died down today, but it’s raining hard now and…

03/04/2014 Betsy

WEATHER TO GO OR WEATHER TO NOT! May 22 – Well, we’ve homesteaded!   We’ve been in GTC for 10 days and counting. Not that we’re complaining. What started out as high winds – 15-20 kts turned into a massive rain storm – same stuff Central Florida is getting. This week the winds have been up in the high 20’s with gusts in the mid-30’s with pounding rain. Each night we think, tomorrow we’ll be able to move on, and then we look at the weather predictions and it just keeps on coming! What we’ve consistently heard from fellow cruisers and…

03/04/2014 Betsy

Homesteading in Green Turtle Cay – MAY 15TH Weather is going to set in on us with winds in the high 20’s and thunderstorms, so it looks like we’ll be New Plymouthians for a while. Oh well…..Given the forecasts through next week, we don’t see us getting a window to return until the following week at the earliest. Want those seas to lay down for us before crossing. Soooooo, today we headed down to the Ferry Dock to contribute to the Christmas Tree Lighting fund. This time we got two orders of conch fritters and they were huge, full of…

03/04/2014 Betsy

May 14 – WE’RE STILL HERE! Sometimes you plan your trip, sometimes, it’s planned for you. Winds are up around 15 kts and they are right on our stern. We can’t leave until 11AM because we need the tide to get out of Black Sound. I asked Dave what his plan was … we will have to back into the wind and clear the docks and back out into the sound before we can turn the bow around. We cannot back out turning the bow into the wind because it is too shallow to our port side. We didn’t think…

03/04/2014 Betsy

Green Turtle Cay N26 45.611 W77 19.496 May 13 – No Name Cay to Green Turtle Cay Off to Green Turtle Cay. Dave is becoming obsessive about the charging systems on the boat – fussing around the meters with his handy yellow box with the red and black wires attached. Winds are not in the 20+ kt category so charging is somewhat minimal. So, we decided to take a slip at Blacksound Marina for $1/ft plus $20/day electric & metered water (.30/gallon) to charge the boat, take on water, take on fuel, take a real shower, do some laundry and……….find…

03/04/2014 Betsy

N26 32.65 W76 58.10 – HOPE TOWN May 9 – N26 32.65 W76 58.10 We traveled up from Man O War to Hope Town in search of coconut bread from Vernons! Actually this is one of the most picturesque towns in the Abacos with the candy striped lighthouse.  During our sail up from Eleuthera, we passed on the eastern side of Elbow Cay and this lighthouse was shinning bright and strong. The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum shows the history of Hope Town dating to Lucayan times. The museum was founded in 1785 and is maintained by the community.  The houses are…

03/04/2014 Betsy

May 8 – N26 36.099 W77 00.870 After a delicious morning swim off the back of Spindrift, we pulled anchor at 11:30 and headed for Man O Way Cay arriving at 2:00. Man-O-War is a traditional boat-building center of the entire Bahamas. Loyalists settled in the islands of the Bahamas in the 1780’s and those settling in the Exumas tended to be farmers, but those settling in the Abacos tended to be merchants and boat builders still enduring today. Although there are no descendants of Loyalists in the Exumas today, they can be found in the Abacos. Almost all the residents…

03/04/2014 Betsy

Life is most excellent! LYNYARD TO TILLOO CAY TO MAN O WAR N26.27.51 W76.59.43 May 7 Yesterday Dave and I “Zoomed” ashore to check out the beach. It was small and didn’t lead anywhere and the approach was rough with coral reefs. As we were deciding what to do next, another dinghy zoomed up to the beach and asked if we were from New Smyrna. We said yes and they asked if we knew Joe and Rhett! Joe and Rhett are good friends of ours who have “Together Again” a 42′ Hunter up on Solomons Island where this boat was…

03/03/2014 Betsy

MARSH HARBOR TO LYNYARD CAY N26 21.597 W76 59.1 MARSH HARBOR, Bahamas May 6 N26 21.597 W76 59.164 Since we couldn’t start at the bottom of the Sea of Abaco, we decided we’d sail south and start our trip over. So we headed out of Marsh Harbor down the Lynyard Cay and Little Harbor. This is the southern-most part of the Sea of Abaco. Anchored off Lynyard Cay is exquisite. Getting here was interesting. There are no straight routes anywhere on the Sea of Abaco which is different from the Exumas where you can go straight up the Bank or…