February 17, 2009
The weather forecasted 2 more cold fronts so we took another hop and came in to Green Turtle Cay. The sail was Fast and COLD. We had to avoid a shoal area off of Manjack Cay, but the sail was a good one.
We are in the Marina on the northern end of the island in Black Sound. The facilities are nice. The Dive shop rents bicycles which allowed us to ride into the village in New Plymouth. The narrow street with colorfuil homes and shops tucked are fun to explore. We found a little bakery with freshly baked coconut bread! Along the road between the Marina and town we passed several beautiful swimming coves.
In the afternoon we met up with Sword from “Dream On” and we returned to the beaches for a swim and then headed back to town for a visit. The island is small but hilly so it is a nice ride and a little workout.
February 15, 2009
We headed out at 7:30 am and sailed the entire day reaching Spanish Cay Marina @ 5:00 PM. It is a very charming place with beautiful landscaping and views of the Abaco Sea.
The people here are all very friendly and helpful. We will stay a couple of days waiting on weather.
Gradually we see the boaters that we had recently met at West End arriving and a little reunion begins. We also have met some new friends. The boats “Dream On” and “Passport” berthed next to us.Both are waiting to move on to Green Turtle Cay as well.
February 14, 2009
We left Mangrove Cay @ 8:00 am with light a breeze on our nose and motored most of the way to Great Sale Cay. It was a short hop and we arrived @ 12:30 PM
When the anchor was set we had lunch and set the dinghy out. It was a perfect afternoon. There was only one other boat at anchor (Jingles) in the nice sheltered cove. We spent time swimming and exploring.
As night fell we enjoyed a wonder Valentines’s Day dinner by candlelight! There were only 2 other boat in the cove.
By 9 PM JM was exhausted having taken the dinghy out for a couple of hours to look for wildlife in the low tide areas along the shore. The island itself seemed rather “scrub” and uninviting (and, I, Jean Marc, could not see any wildlife…).
It was a great night for star watching and as I was enjoying the show 2 sets of lights appeared on the horizon. 2 more boats arrived in the anchorage!
February 13, 2009
We left Old Bahama Bay Marina@ 9:30 Am heading over to Mangrove Cay. We motored most of the day and had no problem in the shallow passage near Indian Cay. Along the way Jean-Marc was trolling and caught a snapper, which we released.
We anchored off the cay around 4:00 pm . At sundown we had a great lobster and pasta dinner, using the last 2 Lobster tails that we had purchased from the local diver in West End. It was a great end to the day.
February 09, 2009
We left Lake Worth, Florida Sunday at 6:00 PM on 2/9/09 under ENE wind at 15-20 knts. Crossing of the Gulf Stream started without problem although the wind died around midnight and we had to start the engine for a few hours. When about 15 knm west of Grand Bahama island the wind freshened to 20-25knts and veered East so we had to change course to 145 deg. for a few miles before taking a final tack toward West End inlet at 30 deg. The sea was rough over the last 3-4 hours with short steep waves which made the boat pound through and things flying inside the cabin! Never underestimate the Gulf Stream which always has a trick up its sleeve even on a quiet night…
Anyway by 10:30 am Odyssee was tied up at the docks in the Old Bahama Bay Marina and Jean-Marc was checking in with customs.
It is a beautiful warm sunny day and the beaches are empty. Gulf Stream or not the water is still a bit fresh…
We will upload pictures soon!
January 14, 2009
The cold front will keep us here with winds coming from the North for about a week. So, we will keep busy with projects and visit around.
January 13, 2009
We had a beautiful sunny morning finally able to sail in a 15 knts SSW breeze. Odyssee sails beautifully with a 135% tight sheeted genoa and a reefed main at 5 to 6 knts in such conditions. Unfortunately the wind veered South again so we had to furl the genoa and with the forecast calling for a serious drop in temperature and a hazardous small craft advisory set for 3:00pm we continued motoring to Lake Worth.
We motored struggling against building seas and a strong breeze on the nose at 3.5 knots and 2500 RPM! We were anxious to arrive praying for the engine to keep working. Odyssee and the Volvo diesel handled beautifully for us again taking us through a rough inlet without a complaint.
We had called ahead and arranged for a slip at the municipal marina in Riviera/Lake Worth. Unfortunately our timing was off again and we arrived at the jetty to Lake Worth at mid-tide when the current was at its strongest. It was rough getting into the slip at the marina with a racing tide. We made it with a little help from nearby boaters who were hanging around.
We had earned a nice meal at the Tiki bar, a hot shower and a good nights rest!
January 12, 2009
We passed Cape Canaveral at 10:00 am still beating in the SSE wind but in clear weather. Forecasts for several severe Norther cold fronts in the following days motivated us to continue on through the night to reach Lake Worth inlet before the first front reached Florida.
The evening was very calm and we motor-sailed furling and unfurling the genoa in the erratic SSE wind and dodging the barges, ferries and other ships on the water. Sailing closer to shore in order to stay out of the Gulf Stream had us meeting a bit more of the shipping traffic. So, we had to watch carefully for ships and barges and stay extra alert on night watch.
January 11, 2009
Sunrise brought no break in the wind. When ominous clouds mounted over the western sky, we donned our foul weather gear and veered further off shore to give ourselves room to clear the cap as we were close reaching against a south-southeast wind. We avoided the storm but skirted a bit too close to the Gulf stream and had to fight our way loose. It was a tiring day between the wind and the light rain that followed throughout the evening.
January 10, 2009
It was a clear day and temperatures were much warmer. We were able to sit in the cockpit and enjoy the sun without hats gloves and “winter gear”. The wind remained light and from the south throughout most of the day. Since we were unable to reach Fernadina beach inlet before dark we continued sailing through the night. Around midnight the wind picked up to 20-25 knots with rough seas.