Over the Banks to Highbourne Cay
Date 1445 Saturday 24 March 2012
Today’s title sounds like the name of a bagpipe tune, perhaps I
will work on that one. Typically many pipe tunes seem to be about leaving
places, ‘Leaving Port Askaig’, ‘The 72nd
Highlanders Farewell to
The antisocial hour of departure was justified by arriving at the start of the course over the Banks in full daylight at 0830. Our course south west down the Tongue of the Ocean was in over 2,000 metres of water; across the bank it was in no more than 6 metres. Credit for the framework of our waypoints goes to the blog of Suzi Too and for those interested I will list them and our additions at the end of the blog as they provided a route across the bank with no nasty surprises and a fairly constant 4 metres under our 2.1 metre keel.
Looking at the chart and trying to find anchorages with enough water to feel comfortable , good holding and some shelter from the shifting winds is a challenge and with a forecast of the winds clocking as two associated fronts go through the anchorage to the east of Highbourne Cay was selected for sitting out a couple of days. The island is to the east, a reef to the north and a wide open escape route if things turn ugly.
We will sit out the next couple of days.
Leaving the Tongue S of Conch Spit 24:47.000N 077:31.000W
North of Shoal 24:45.500N 077:13.000W
North of extensive coral heads 24:44.560N 077:03.500W
Highbourne anchorage approach 24:42.370N 076:52.000W