Monday, February 27, 2012

Little Farmers Cay, Exumas

This is a very quick post to say that we dropped our friends, the Casselmans, off in Nassau 2 days ago and are heading south again.  We had an incredible visit with them and it was really hard to see them go.  The day the Casselmans left, we caught a mild cold front to head back southeast, and after 2 days of sailing (2 half days, really), we are in Little Farmers Cay.   [By the way, this is incredible progress - we are very much appreciating the length of our hulls and that we have 2.]  We're now 1 day from Georgetown (a major location for cruising sailors) if we get a favorable weather window, but it looks like we won't get that window for a week or so.  So the current plan is to make small jumps as much as possible this week (staying as close to the islands as possible to get a lee effect) in order to continue our progress south.  If the current forecast holds, we should have a good window to head south on Sunday.  If we're lucky, we will be in Georgetown before then and head south from there when that window arrives.  

And in the meantime, we are very much still enjoying the Bahamas.  Lunch and internet today at Ocean Cabin in Little Farmers, a trip to the BaTelCo office to make a couple of phone calls, and a totally undeveloped beach about 100 feet off our bow where we're anchored.  Not much to complain about down here. :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Enjoying the Bahamas

Quick post [via Susan's sister] that we're still in the Exumas of the
Bahamas. And although showers and fresh food remain few and far
between, we're really enjoying our time here.

We got as far south as Farmer's Cay for the 5 F's Festival and are now
heading north to meet our friends, the Casselmans, in Nassau on
February 11th. At this moment we are under way and can see Bell
Island on the starboard side of the boat.

After our friends leave, we will be heading south again and working
our way toward the Dominican Republic and points farther south. We'll
be moving south as quickly as possible at that point because weather
windows can be few and far between to cross to the Turks and Caicos
and the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The issue is that until
you get to the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, you are essentially
heading into the prevailing tradewinds. So the "window" to do those
crossings occurs when the typical weather (fairly brisk wind coming
from the southeast) is disturbed somehow.

We will provide more detail and pictures when we get an internet
connection, which may be in Nassau.