Apr 2-4, 2017
The next weather/wind shift is forecasted, so it is time to find another anchorage where we can stay better protected for the next few days. We sailed overnight, out in the Atlantic, where it is safer without having to weave through coral heads. The winds have calmed, so the seas are not rough, only 3-5 ft. The 38 nautical miles took us 7.5 hrs. We ended up having to tack, which added to the total passage time while under sail. We finished the trip by motoring due to the lack of wind. However, along the way, Mark caught a barracuda, a tuna, and a mahi! He is one happy fisherman! 18 meals in 3 hours. Angie said, “STOP! We have enough fish.”
Upon anchoring off a beautiful, long crescent beach, we were greeted by Edward and Miguel, wanting to sell us fish. However, we were flush and Mark politely declined. Edward lives on the island in a two story structure, just on the beach. Bleating goats and cockadoodledoing chickens run loose! The noise put a smile on Angie’s face.
We ran out of water, so had to run the generator and watermaker for 4 hours to give us 60 gallons. We also needed to defrost the freezer and lube up the head, which seem to be a monthly item. We found a remora stuck to the bottom of Uno Mas. Mark worked on passage planning to Bonaire in May, in between beach walks. Boats came and went, changing the anchorage atmosphere daily. It is interesting watching boats coming in from the South. Again, we feel that we are running our route backwards, going against the norm. Everyone is heading back through the Bahamas, while we are looking at heading South, to ride out hurricane season. We saw a 74 ft Sunreef catamaran pull in to the anchorage. At first, we thought the crew looked very much like our friends, Chad and Wendy, who are on a large cat, sailing from the BVI’s to Bermuda to experience the America’s Cup. We were really excited for about 2 hours, checking the crew out with our binoculars every time they shuttled the owners/guests to shore, hoping to get a better glimpse of them. It was for naught. But, it occupied our time for a while and made us think of great times with great friends.
We dinked over to Nurse Cay to check out the snorkeling. Again, the coral was not great, but there was decent fish life – Grouper, snapper, trigger, angel, and our first lionfish of the Jumentos. Angie is still working on those reverse backflips to board the tender. The 1.5 mile dink ride back was rough, with chop and lots of water spray. The lower back needed some TLC after that!