We set off very early at 0400 on Sunday for a long sail across Grand
Bahamas Bank, but we needed to go slowly as the water is quite shallow in
places, we wanted to arrive at the North West Channel when the tide was flooding
back up and with enough daylight to watch for rocks and coral heads. So quite a
few parameters to take into account when passage planning, we also knew we would
have a full moon with us when we left and when we arrived at Chubb Cay 100 miles
away in the dark, to anchor off near Diamond Cay.
A really lovely sail, cracking along in a NE wind and over the last 10
miles we furled the headsails away to slow the boat down as we sailed in 4m of
water, watching the Forward Looking Sonar display. We had a very quiet night
here talked another boat “Matane” into the anchorage, crewed by a Maori Kiwi and
his Japanese wife, who were very new to sailing, having bought this boat in New
York with a plan to sail back to New Zealand.
Tuesday will see us sail the 33M to Nassau to meet Bev on Wednesday who is
with us for the week and will arrive with a new fridge pump, 2 LED lights, the
latest series of “Brothers and Sisters” on DVD and some Earl Grey tea bags for