Anchoring out at Sale (not Sail) Cay

Jan. 1, 2013: We generally avoid anchoring out or sailing overnight. But an occasional anchorage can be very special, as long as the seas calm and wind dies. We cannot cross the Little Bahama Bank from West End to the Abacos in a day and we had to have Ellen back on Grand Bahama to catch her flight on Jan. 4. We had anchored at Sale Cay last spring in Silver Girl and found this a wonderful anchorage and knew this could be a great stop under most conditions. We had checked the weather, if the wind stayed E and didn’t go SE it would be a great overnight sail. Brian, Cindy and daughter Laura on Aviva were ready to go as well so we would have two boats which always makes things more enjoyable and of course, safer.

Elle at the helm

Elle at the helm

We left the dock at 7:30 for our 7 hour run. We were able to sail for a couple of hours and then had to start the motor when we changed course.

Our anchorage couldn’t have been better. Once again, the seas were flat once we got in the protection of Sale Cay and we pulled out the dingy, inflated it, secured the 2 hp outboard and scooted around the harbor before dinner. Elle's time with Sable 041


elles-time-with-sable-042.jpgSable looks good from the dingy and before our dinner Cindy and Brian scooted over in their dingy with their wine and appetizers. (Next time we’ll serve our own wine.)

Elle's time with Sable 134 Our dinner was fresh lobster that we bought from Lorenzo just before we left West End on Grand Bahama. Can’t get much fresher than this.

Elle's time with Sable 046Morning looked like this, and we had a good run back to Old Bahama Bay at West End, Grand Bahama Island.

Just one more day on Sable.

Jan, Ed and Ellen


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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