SPANISH WELLS & WAITING!

Funny how things work out. We either have not enough wind and can’t sail, it is on our nose and we can’t sail, or there is far too much, usually from the wrong direction, and we can’t sail! However occasionally there is an exception!

LOOKING AT THE ANCHOR CHAIN FROM THE BOW THREE METRES BELOW THE SURFACE!

Since I last wrote, we sailed from Staniel Cay to Black Point, still in the Exuma’s and had a couple of very pleasant days there, swimming and walking. Early on the 19th we left for Eleuthera via the Dotham Cut out into the Exuma Sound. It was a little rolly but we had good South Easterlies so for once we had a great day sailing averaging about 8 knots. We covered the ground (sea) so well that we systematically cancelled the two marinas we had reserved for an overnight stay as we zoomed past. We actually made our anchorage planned for the following day in just over 9 hours so we were very pleased.

SUNSET ROCK SOUND

BEACH BAR ROCK SOUND

ANYTHING GOES AND SCOTT FREE AT ROCK SOUND

 

Then it all turned to custard, so to speak. Instead of a couple of days in Rock Sound, Eleuthera we stayed over a week. Not complaining really as it was a cute place with a good supermarket and as it was over Easter, there was a carnival every evening with very loud music and dancing until after 4.00am each morning! We walked through the town and enjoyed the festivities on a couple of evenings, or just sat out on the back of the boat listening to the music. Lots of fun really. On Easter Sunday Heather and I and a group of other cruisers joined the villagers at the local Methodist Church. They had a “Stevie Wonder” look alike on the keyboard and a great drummer and guitarist, so we had a very upbeat service, more music and singing than sermon. Of course we were now part of the community with everyone thanking us for making the effort to come to their church. The rental car man rushed up and gave us a hug and said how wonderful it was the cruisers had come to the service. (He didn’t offer a discount on his rent-a –wreck as a thank you unfortunately). He was a delightful elderly gentleman who had lived all his life in Rock Sound and wished he could live there for another 75 years!
We rented a car for a few days since we were unable to sail up the island because of unfavourable wind conditions. There are not too many anchorages in Eleuthera so in fact we probably saw more of the island than we would have. One place of interest was the Island School. This is an international school, which is self-sustaining. They grow their own food; have a small farm, and the students, who come for a semester from various schools in the US, study marine biology and conservation. It is extremely well run, almost like an Outward Bound school. I am sure it is a real shock to some of the inner city students.
Nigel and Cathy Lander flew into North Eleuthera on the 25th. We drove up the island to collect them and brought them back to the boat, stopping to look at the Glass Bridge, a part of the island that narrows dramatically. An old wooden bridge was washed away some years ago and has been replaced with a more substantial concrete bridge. The rush of the Atlantic hitting the narrow opening is quite spectacular and the brilliant blue of the calmer waters on the other side makes an interesting contrast.

GLASS BRIDGE NORTH ELEUTHERA

CELBRATING THE ROYAL WEDDING WITH CATHY & NIGEL, SCOTT & HEATHER

 The next morning we left and had a good run up to Hatchett Bay. The seas were a little rough which made entering the bay through a man- made cut, rather hairy but we managed and had a nice quiet night on the mooring balls. Next morning we left quite early for the trip across the bay to Current Island in time to reach the Current Cut at slack tide. The cut is quite famous for its current, up to 6 knots at times. Some hardy souls free dive from one side to the other, shooting through the water totally out of control?? We lead our small group of three boats through, encountering no problems and not too much current. Once on the other side we had lovely smooth, clear water to our overnight stay at Royal Island. The next morning the wind go up again and it was a bit of a wasted day. We decided late in the afternoon to head into a marina at Spanish Wells as the next couple of days had high winds and high seas forecasted preventing us from making the crossing to the Abacos. That was on the 28th April and here we still are on 02 May! Poor Cathy and Nigel had visions of sailing in the protected waters of the Abacos, so did we, but I think they still enjoyed seeing Spanish Wells and we had a lovely day over on Harbour Island. 

PINK SANDS AT HARBOUR ISLAND

LUNCH AT HARBOUR ISLAND

BEAUTIFUL HOMES ON HARBOUR ISLAND

 We took a water taxi from Spanish Wells to Genes Bay, Eleuthera, then a regular taxi to another small bay, followed by another water taxi to Harbour Island. Once there we rented a golf cart for the day to tour the island. We enjoyed a beautiful lunch at a restaurant overlooking the pink sand beach, followed by a swim. On the return journey we took the fast ferry which twists and turns through coral reefs and small islands and at times seems to be only feet from the beach. A really great day. We delivered Nigel and Cathy to the water taxi on Sunday for their return flight to Nassau. We had planned to sail back to Royal Island for the night to make an early start for our long trip to the Abacos on Monday morning; however we are still at the marina hoping the winds will turn favourable for a Wednesday departure.

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One Response to “SPANISH WELLS & WAITING!”

  1. Francie & Ruedi Says:

    Wow! What more can I say! It must be so hard to experience all those fantastic places. It would do me. If only I could wriggle my nose. There are so many beautiful places that I have never heard of! It makes you realize how big America & all the outlying scattered Islands are. They certainly make fantastic photos with all natures colours etc.
    As usual a fantastic blog Julie. It must be very hard to settle down back home in Aussie, after such adventures?
    The count down is on for Ruedi’s big shift! We will be very glad once it is over, to say the least! Could do with a bit of R.& R.at the moment, but unfortunately we will have to wait until everything is sorted? Take care.

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