We leave George Town to make the run to Turks and Caicos. Our friends from Florida and Minnesota are renting a house there so we decided it would be amazing if we could show up and surprise them! We planned it out and it will take 4 sails to arrive safely. This is the first 1/2 of our journey. Things get gnarly in the end!
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We’re headed to Georgetown, in weather that we normally wouldn’t sail in. My Abuelo passed away and I had to fly back to the states. You know the saying….”when you’re on a schedule, that’s when sh*t happens!” And its almost always been true. However we make it safely and find a mermaid along the way.
We take cover from more heavy winds in Bitter Guana Cay. This is a little island about 2 miles south of Staniel Cay. Of course we had to take a dinghy ride over to the Big Majors to see the piggies! We got soaked riding against the waves but flew with the waves going back to Satori. We also got a chance to act like James Bond and snorkle Thunderball Grotto!
We made it to Warderick Wells to wait out high winds that would last for a few days. It got up into the 40 knot range! We take advantage of a short window and made a jump to Staniel Cay. Kelly was freezing in the 70 degree weather!
With limited space in Warderick Wells, we arrived early to take cover from some strong winds heading our way. With a few nice days to kill before then, we spend some tine exploring the Exuma Land and Sea Park, including a climb to the top of Boo Boo hill.
As we settle into our new anchorage in Saddle Cay, we run into a bit of trouble. We set our anchor during slack tide and didn’t realize how shallow the water was close to Satori. As we enjoy some “play time” on the beach, Satori quickly drifts over to shallow side and we run aground! After trying to figure out a plan of action, the tide slowly brought us back to deeper water and our Mantus reset like a champ. It was much less of big deal then we thought it was going to be. This was a lesson for us and we were so happy it was in the best conditions possible. 🙂
We depart Nassau and head to the Exumas. We sailed the whole way! After arriving in Highbourne Cay, we enjoy a day at the beach exploring with King Arthur and we make new friends with pink iguanas. After the super yacht shared their delicious Kobe beef hotdogs with us, we take a dinghy ride over to the SW side of HIghbourne Cay for some snorkeling. Nick caught his first fish on a spear, yeah! As weather become rough, we left for Saddle Cay which was a short 2 hour trip. The water was crystal clear…amazing!
Lots of Love,
Nick, Kelly, and Arthur
As we hold up in Nassau for a few days, repairs are a priority. We hunt down parts, attend the Junkanoo celebration, and do an Atlantis “drive by” with our “new” outboard.
As we leave our stunning anchorage in the middle of the Bahama Banks, the water is like glass for hours. When the water gets deeper, the waves begin to break but it was still a nice clam ride. After a stop in Chub Cay, we make it to Nassau where we wait out a nasty weather front.
We are on our way! Join us as we leave Bimini and sail across the Bahama Banks in the most beautiful water we’ve ever seen.