24 35 661N
076 48 421W
But even more than our French neighbor, the huge swells
that arrived at Allen's Cay 3:00am were worse. Many boats left the
harbour, seeking a more protected spot. But the Exuma Sound had 6' waves
out of the SW, making that route impassable. Others went ashore to get
away from the constant rolling. By 2:00 we could take no more. We
weighed anchor and motored out the cut to the Atlantic Ocean side.
AHHHHHHH. What a relief once again to be level. The ocean
side was calmer because the island blocked the SW waves and surge. It was
so calm that we set out the fishing rods and tried to catch our first
fish. No luck there, but we were just glad to be in calm seas again.
The trip to Norman's Cay was only 15 miles, but very enjoyable. The
weather forecasts call for stronger winds overnight, but this anchorage is very
sheltered and should be comfortable. We enjoyed several beautiful days of
calm weather. The little restaurant McDuff's was closed for the holiday
season. So we just stayed aboard Amber Isle and did a few chores.
Valt was installing a new depth sounder/chartplotter on the dinghy. What a
wonderful gizmo. Very detailed charts of the islands. We enjoyed a
grilled rack of lamb for Christmas dinner beside our 3'Christmas tree.
Sunday we awaited a big front moving in from Florida. It came in with rain, but
stuck around a few days blowing 25k from the NW. Although our little
anchorage was pretty protected, we still rocked from the nonstop bashing.
Monday was no better, maybe worse. Should we move the boat? But the
bow danced wildly.