The Route South

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Postcard from the Bahamas

Saturday 4/5/14
When all was said and done, the trip across to West End, Grand Bahama Island was uneventful.  It was a touch rolly at the beginning but not enough to rearrange the furniture.  We got in at 1630, early enough to clear into customs, and tied up in our slip for the night.  Took a walk, ordered a pizza (!) for dinner and went home.  

Sunday 4/6/14
Up early the next day and under way, across the Little Bahama Bank to Great Sale Cay where we anchored for the night.  Actually we anchored twice because the wind was wouldn’t settle down from the right direction.  The upshot of this was that we 0.0 hours of sleep.  Actually, shortly after we went to bed we became concerned enough to abandon our bed and went upstairs to sleep in the pilot house so we would be ready to leave in a moments notice in case the anchor dragged or the wind shifted.  Ugh!  Long night!

Monday 4/7/14
Hoped to make our way toward Allens-Pensacola Cay but the wind was uncooperative.  Turned around after and hour and headed toward Grand Cay where we tied up at Rosie’s Marina by 1100.  Grand Cay is the next island S of the famous Walkers Cay.  Since Walkers’ resort has closed, unemployment on Grand is very high but the people were all smiling and friendly and it was an interesting few days stopover.  Grand Cay is much like the Bahamas we remember from the 1970’s.
Rosie has a monopoly on much of Grand Cay.  He is said to have been a childhood friend of the Prime Minister and not much happens in the upper Abacos that Rosie doesn’t have an inside track on.

Randy & Cindy
Morning Star
lying Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Grand Cay.  We hid from the wind for three days behind a 70’ custom Buddy Davis sport fisherman.  It blew 40 knots one night!