Saturday, 13 February 2016

February 2 - 3, 2016 crossing to Exumas and Warderick Wells

heading out at day break to cross the Exuma Sound to Exumas

Eleuthera Point
the last land in sight for 8 hours

this cloud only sprinkled us a bit

Land Ho

the cut we came in to the Exumas

the next day we had to seek shelter at Emerald Rock

Curly Tail

some neat rock baskets

Lagom, Andante and Modaki 

good night

Tuesday  February 2
Happy Ground Hog Day
We got up at 5 am, for our 6:15 day break departure, but I was awake since 3 am, a freighter was unloading close by and it was making a lot of noise.
Lagom and Modaki headed out, we took the safe channel, longer, to
get to Eleuthera Point, by Powell Point, it is 8:30 now, we had the out going tide.
Within 5 minutes we went from 20 ft to 5,000 ft., we are in the ocean now.
I had my fishing line out, but no luck this time. The wind was light and we motor sailed all the way. The ocean waves hitting us on the beam, thankfully we had everything tied down and stowed away.
We fiddled with the auto helm and got it working, so the trip was not as tiring. But it was hard with the sea conditions to keep it on course.
Finally after 8 hours we go through the Wax Cay cut with the incoming tide.  Now we are in the Exumas.

We anchored at Shroud Cay and where too tired to go to shore. The wind was still strong… we snorkelled over the anchor, and it was well buried.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We listened to Chris Parker on the SSB and the forecast has changed again. Another low is coming with strong winds.
We cancelled our trip to see the drug smuggling airplane, in the water, at Norman's Cay, just north of us.
Everyone is heading to mooring balls in the Exuma Land and Sea Park.
You have to call them on channel 9 at 9am to reserve a ball for that day or the following day.  So we headed out for 4 1/2 hours in 20 plus knot winds on the nose.  We got soaked with salt water spray and thought that the trip would never end.  Modaki sometimes only doing 3 - 3.5 knots. Lagom in a 42 ft ocean boat was even going slower.

On the happy side we walked to " Copper Penny" from Midland, Ontario.
We met them last year at Sandy Hook, New York and Annapolis, Maryland.  We hope to meet up in a few weeks in George Town.

We finally made it to a mooring field in Warderick Wells, in the Land and Sea Park.  We could of anchored, but we wanted to be kept on the waiting list for the North Mooring Field.

No wifi or cell phone coverage.

We met a family from Norway on the beach, and found out from them that their $$ exchange is worst than our Canadian $$.  They are heading to Cuba soon.

Tomorrow we head to the park office and pay for the one night, then we will see what we do next .
Snowbird is in the north mooring field.

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