Jan. 29, 2015. This doesn’t happen very often but sometimes it’s the only thing to do. The first plan was to cross from Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island to Great Harbor at the north end of the Berry Islands. For us, this is a 9 hour run at 7 knots. The entrance to Great Harbor is a bit tricky and you need good daylight. So, got up at 5:30, checked www. Windfinder.com, and found the weather-wind and seas to be marginal for this long crossing. Made the decision to wait until Friday and went back to bed for an hour.
Now up again, checked the weather by going outside and changed our minds. But now it was 8:45 and if we left immediately AND nothing slowed us down we could still make it. So we scurried back to the boat and got off. The forecast was 15-20 knots from the NE. This would put the wind behind us and if nothing more, we could motor-sail. However, the wind was 25 knots on the nose (S) and seas 3-4 feet mostly from the SE. Not very comfortable but doable. So we decided to carry on.
After an hour, our speed had dropped to 6.3 knots, wind had increased and so had the seas. There was no way we would make our destination in 9 hours and sun set was 5:57 pm. Ed recalculated and we would not arrive until 6:25, well after sunset.
We turned around, called the marina to make sure they had a slip for us, changed our reservation at Great Harbor and were back in Lucaya by 11:45 tied up in a slip with only one disaster. We left in such a hurry, not everything was stowed as it should be and a glass coaster few across the cabin, breaking into many pieces on the floor and setees. While underway, I swept the floor but once in port, I vacuumed everything so we do not get glass splinters in our feet from the floor or our bottoms form the seat cushions. We plan to go tomorrow. According to all reports, even the local Bahamians, the winds are to die down and the seas as well. So, we will be up again at 5:30 and plan for a first light departure of 6:45. But that’s sailing.
Whether you go, or whether you stay depends on the weather.
Ed and Jan on Sable