Jan. 11, 2014. Cruisers either seem to love Nassau or hate it. We’re in the “love it” group. We dock at Nassau Harbor Club and enjoy seeing Peter, manager,dockmaster and friend. Right across the street is East Bay Shopping Center with a Starbucks, Fresh Market, video store (where you can buy most any new release for $5.00. Copyright laws are non-existent.) Mailbox, Radio Shack, and pharmacy. Within walking distance are three marine supply stores and the Poop Deck restaurant. What’s not to like-other than the traffic and taxi drivers. So before departing for the Exumas, we enjoy good dining and can provision with most anything we want.
Windfinder said Monday (Jan. 6)would be the best day for the 6 hour run to Highbourne, but Sunday morning looked better than forecasted so we shoved off. Those who patiently waited were wise.
We now have a new criteria for judging waves and wind. No traditional sea heights and wind speed, we use the cabin-top slammer scale. We discovered last year that the companionway hatch cover slams back and forth in rough seas. Ed put a stop on it, but it still can move about 3 inches, slamming forward and back. It takes a few additional slams after a wave particularly steep hits us. Just let me say, this was a 6- slammer day. That’s a 6 out of 6-so far.
We headed for Highbourne Cay with its famous Spring. They assigned us a slip that required some tricky maneuvering-sort of a 90 degree turn to port which sailboats don’t do too well. Sailboats move in arcs, not angles. Getting out was just as tight but Ed managed fine. One night and we were on to Staniel Cay.
Jan and Ed on Sable