Our trip today was a staggering 7 miles! In general, things are pretty close together in the Abacos, making it practical to island hop back and forth without having to plan out a route that steadily moves you in a single direction.
The trip was so brief that it was hardly worth it to get up the sails. We rolled out the jib for a bit, but quickly had to furl it as we approached the harbour entrance.
Man O War has two mooring fields, one in the north and one in the south. We chose the north one, an that's where our friends Ron and Phoebe were. There were several mooring balls empty, but they were extremely close together. We picked up one, but I was unhappy with how close it let us swing to the boat behind us, less than a boat length! I was later to discover that this close spacing is pretty typical in the Bahamas. We found another empty mooring, right next to a motor yacht named "Christian". The woman aboard told us that that one was empty and would be fine for our length boat, so we quickly picked it up.
On this trip, we're becoming quite adept at picking up a mooring ball. We've adopted a technique that uses a long (40 ft) line attached at the bow and led back, outside of all the rigging, to a point amidships. The rail is much lower to the waterline there, making it easier to grab the mooring pennant, and the helmsman can see the ball as we approach it, making it much easier to keep the boat on station next to it. Once the line is looped through the pennant and brought back to the bow, we are securely tied in place, and its easy to get a second line through the pennant.
|Moorings are REALLY Close Together at MOW!|
|Ron and Joan|
|Joan on "Lover's Lane"|
|The Main Road|
|Hair Wash in an Improvised Shower|
|Road to the North End|
|Beautiful Properties Along the Way|
|Atlantic Coast Approaching The Low Place|
|The Low Place|
|Wading on the Beach|
On our 6th and final day in MOW, we got up a little early and went to breakfast at the Museum, Coffee Shop, and Visitor's Center.
|Museum, Coffee Shop, and Visitors Center.|
Tomorrow, we will head South to Hopetown, on Elbow Cay, for our next Island adventure. For convenience, we will try to get a mooring in the harbor there, but we are told that the mooring field is very busy and always full. But we'll try, and if we can't get one, we'll anchor just outside of the harbor (there's no room to anchor inside) and dinghy in.
Life is good.