Long Cay, Bahamas 

Our new friends on their sumptuous catamaran and ourselves decided to do a long passage northwards up the long Bahamian archipelago looking for a sheltered anchorage for forthcoming bad weather.  We decided to leave in the middle of the night in order to arrive somewhere suitable in daylight, so we were up and off at 12:30 (i.e. half past midnight) if you can believe that!  It felt like the bad weather had arrived early as we were in 2m seas which made for a slalom ride down the very big swells.  We finally anchored after 118 miles and a fast run at Long Cay on Acklins Island in a vast and bleak area of very shallow tidal water.  We had quite a choppy night especially when the tide turned in the small hours.  Yes, a tide, our first experience of one of those for more than a year!  In the morning we were up in time for the early weather forecast and when it confirmed that rough conditions were just going to get worse for a few days, we headed off again for better shelter.