Jalan-Jalan Yacht

Turn around

Posted: May 18th, 2013 under Cruising.

We left the Bahamas with the intention of heading south down the island chain to Antigua.
We recognised it would be a slog but hey it’s sailing so ; what else is new. Maybe it was the day we chose to leave but we sailed for 5 hours upwind tacking out of Georgetown but we were still only¬† a couple miles off Stocking Island. We could make no headway and were unable to set a decent course for Long Island where we planned to have an overnight stop. Eventually we threw in the towel and turned back around yet again into Georgetown. Having said all our farewells earlier that day we were a bit embarrased to be seen returning so dropped the anchor of Sand Dollar beach and laid low. We spent a few days considering our options looking at the weather and deciding what we wanted to do. The weather sustems at this time of year tend to produce east or south easterly winds which, when allied to the west bound currents makes the 1000 mile journey to Antigua a real slog. In the early part of the season December through February the winds are north easterly and often have a period of westerly winds. The decision was to head back to Florida as we did last year and head to the Caribbean early next season. That made we hung around for 3/4 days and did attend Hermans farewell pot luck which was a good evening. Herman is one of the mainstays of the Georgetown sailing community and ran the early morning radio net. People at the popluck were talking about heading down to Luperon the following week and we would have been welcome to join them. Cruising in company is usually always fun. However we decided that we would just stick with our decision and go back to America for another year, despite all our plans and arrangements. Luperon is realtively easy to get to compared to going all the way to Antigua.

So we spent a few days heading back up the chain from Great Exuma Island to Black Point, then Hybourne Cay before getting to Nassau mid day. We met up with some lovely folks from Nimue(from the UK) and Blue Yonder who had also been in Georgetown. Fellow OCC members who were also heading north. We continued to try our hand at fishing and managed to hook a White fin Shark and had to cut it loose together with the good lure. We also had caught what we think was a Yellow tail Jack but a shark took a fancy to it and only left us the head and enough for one nights tea.

After Nassau we headed over to Chub Cay and had yet another success. This time it was Mahi Mahi. Everyone had told us how delicious they are freshly caught and they were sooo right. we had around 4 nights tea from that one.

Mahi Mahi caught crossing to Chub Cay

From Chub Cay we sailed across the great Bahama Bank to North Bimini with an overnight stop. It is such a weird feeling to anchor in 7 metres of water and not see any land anywhere around. We were about 60 miles from Chub Cay and 20 or so from Bimini.

 

 

 

 

 

We got to Bimini and had to stay an extra 4 days as the weather was not ideal for a crossing over the Gulf Stream. It was an interesting place. Tiny apart from the tourist developments which provides the employment for many of the islanders. Fishing is an essential for folks there as supplies of fresh meat have to be imported.
Can’t imagine what you would do if you lived there constantly unless you were local and had family etc.

Bimini Sunset

 

The day dawned and we were good to head out across the Gulf. It was a flat calm, barely a ripple on the water – so it was a bit disappointing that our last trip of the season was another motor sail. However we got safely into USA. We did pick up a couple of hitchhikers. There must be a migration route and we had an American Redstart and another bird we weren’t sure of tagging along til we made land fall.

American Redstart

Not sure what its called

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here we are in West Palm beach until we decide where we are to haul out.

 

 

 



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