Wednesday morning, most of the boat crews were up before dawn to take advantage of the weather window and depart Bimini at first light. The crecent moon was still rising low in the sky as the sun came up and the boats began to move.
|Rising Crescent Moon Just Before Dawn|
Most of the Great Bahama Bank is only around 16 feet deep, but we discovered that the more northerly route that we were travelling was averaging around 25 feet deep. Although anchoring in this depth is possible, its something we avoid because Dolce Vita doesn't have a windlass (a sort of winch for anchor chain). This means that I have to haul up DV's anchor by hand. 25 feet deep means that I'm hauling up 25 feet of 3/8" chain plus the 33 lb anchor! Its simply more weight than I can lift!
So, we diverted a few miles south of our straight-line course to a place called Mackie Shoal. There we found a spot with 12 foot depth and a sand bottom, easily visible in the perfectly clear waters. We set the anchor with no problems.
Its really strange, being anchored in the middle of nowhere, with turquoise blue waters in all directions as far as the eye can see. There was one other boat anchored on the shoal, about a mile away.
Because there is no land to break up the wind and waves, it can get a bit choppy when even a light wind blows. As a result, we were bounced around quite a lot. It was nothing we couldn't put up with for one night, but it would have gotten old pretty quickly.
Up in the V-berth, our bed was going up and down, but we both had no trouble falling asleep. However, I did dream I was in a building in an earthquake!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Thursday morning dawned bright and clear, with a light south wind that would let us motor-sail. The anchor came up clean and easily, and we set off for Great Harbor Cay.
|Motor-Sailing Under Main and Jib|
|Big Fishing Trawler with 4 Net Tender Boats|
|We're going through that??!|
|Phew!! We made it!|