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Monday, December 10, 2012

Red Bay

I made a pot roast, fresh salsa and lots of oatmeal cookies to sustain us through our journey to the Abacos. The salsa is gone, there is only one cookie left and only enough meat for a couple more sandwiches. Good thing we have arrived. Well mostly. We felt it was too dark to manuever in the Marsh Harbour anchorage, so we found our way in the dark to an anchorage just north of the harbor: Red Bay or Water Cay. There is no housing or buildings around and we can see the night sky with incredible clarity.

After last night's position update, we motor sailed into Great Sale Cay at about 4 am. We managed about two hours of sleep, then listened to weather for a bit and were pulling up anchor just after 7 am. We began to head north and saw Barry heading south. We abruptly turned to go south as well. I told Barry he needs to get more than two hours of sleep and change his MMSI number before he can ditch his loser friends! It was a good call by Barry. We had a fantastic day of sailing. We were regularly seeing seven knots and held a high of 8.2 knots. All canvas was out until the reach got too tight and we had to reef the mizzen to lighten the helm. Once we rounded Crab Cay, however, we were head into the wind. We were still making good time and having such a good day we could not resist going all the way into the Sea of Abaco. We shot out the Whale Cay cut before sunset and ran the Loggerhead Channel using radar and my best God-given, ala natural night vision.

I am heating up, of all things, tator tots for a snack before we hit the hay.

Love to all,

Posted via Ham Radio.

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