Eleuthera Island

Melvyn Brown
Thu 3 Mar 2011 19:48
25: 20.9N
76: 29.6W
Melv has been in touch, using Skype from an Internet Cafe on Eleuthera Island:
Eleuthera is an island in The Bahamas, lying 50 miles (80 km) east of Nassau. It is very long and thin-110 miles (180 km) long and in places little more than a mile wide. According to the 2000 Census, the population of Eleuthera is approximately 8,000. The name "Eleuthera" is derived from the feminine form of the Greek word ελεύθερος (eleutheros), "free".  The topography of the island varies from wide rolling pink sand beaches to large outcrops of ancient coral reefs. The eastern side of the island faces the Atlantic Ocean while the western side faces the Great Bahama Bank, one of the two Bahama Banks.
The water depth isn't too bad (6/7mtrs) but there is a succession of weather fronts coming in and it is very blowy, so he is staying put for a while (poor ol' Melv eh?).  Once the weather improves he is intending to make a short hop to Rocksouth Harbour, but after that there are a couple of long trips in the offing as he heads down to the British Virgin Islands to meet up with two sailing buddies who arrive on March 22nd.