volley ball beach
bridge you go under to get to dingy dock
skate that hangs out at volley ball beach
sunset over georgetown from sand dollar anchorage
donna and elvis leaving for md in jan
Atwood was a small cove that had land on 3 sides and was protected from wind and waves on 3 sides, still it was freaky to look out and see nothing between you and the ocean. The water was pretty but not as much as rum cay. We had dolphins visit us in the morning and they were fun to watch. I think they were in there fishing. We were escorted out by some of them which kirk thinks is good luck. We had a halfway sail to mayaguana. For some reason yet to be determined, we could not get the main sail up all the way so we sailed with one reef when we really could have used the full sail. Still was nice to sail and not have the motors. Inspired by one white tree, kirk put out our fishing lines but did not catch anything but still another first. It was finally calm and slow enough that we could have lines out. Once again we reached a way point where we had to make a turn and down came the sails. The seas varied from 3-4 to 6 feet or so. Not bad and not continuous so that was a nice break.
As we approached Abrahams bay there were two boats anchored and it looked as if they were in the ocean. Abrahams bay is about 5 miles long and has a reef that runs the entire way. That is it. So basically you pick your way through the reef and find a spot. There were breakers on the high part of the reef, but none near where we went in so you have to trust your gps, charts and eyes. We tracked our way in so we could see how to get out if we left in the dark. The run from mayaguana to provo is about 48 miles way point to way point but then you have to traverse the banks which is a slow, one person on the bow or up the mast looking for rocks and coral heads. The best time to do that is between 11 – 2 pm when the sun in overhead
Oh leave in the dark we did. It was kinda spooky but we did it and so that is one more part of the learning curve. One white tree is not leaving with us, they are low on fuel and are going to sail over tonight wind permitting and we will see them tomorrow.
We do have a troller behind us "lets dance" and they have radioed and asked if we see any whales to let them know. Is nice to have a buddy boat when in the ocean.
Am looking forward to turks and caicos as I think we will have wifi and the blog will post and we will have communication.
Thank you Lisa for the very early 4 AM ride to the airport (Reagan National) to arrive in Georgetown on valentines day. The view from the airplane was unbelievable seeing all the colors of the water over the banks. It was fun to see the people in Georgetown. Got a few more supplies. We went for a walk over stocking island to take a look at the ocean and see what the seas looked like on Thursday. It has been dubbed the enchanted trail as kirk was told one day when he hiked over with his guitar and played on the beach that the trail was enchanting. It is a pretty cool trail. When kirk told me about it being enchanting I started belting out "one enchanted evening ….." and around the bend here came another hiker. I apologized that he had heard my lovely singing and we all chuckled. We got the boat prepped for an early departure
and Friday morning we left for Rum Cay.
We had a motor sail for part of the way but when we turned the point at santa maria point on long island we were dead into the wind and motored the second leg of the journey. Was only about 50 miles so an easy day. Approaching Rum Cay the water colors were the most vibrant colors I have seen so far. It definitely was the clearest anchorage we have been in. you could see the anchor like it was a foot away when actually it was about 9 feet deep. We went over to visit with Ross and Diane on "one white tree" a cat boat kirk met also into the Lord of the Rings author, hence the name is also from a Tolkien book. Ross and Diane both play the guitar and so it is a happy fit. They are lovely people from Canada. I believe this is their second year cruising and were in the Chesapeake last summer.
Anywho, this morning as the sun was peaking over the horizon, we headed out on a 80 mile trek across the ocean from Rum Cay to the Aklins Islands and anchored in atwood bay. A lovely little deserted bay, tricky to get into as reefs on both sides but we made it and then gave some details to one white tree as they were behind us by an hour or so. They caught a 48" mahi and were thrilled. First fish besides barracuda that they caught.
Pictures are compliments of Kirk
bridge you go under to get into dingy dock at Georgetown
sunset over Georgetown from sand dollar anchorage
shoes lining the enchanted trail
once you are through the trail, view of the ocean
the ocean at low low tide on a very calm day