Working on the Abs

Working on the Abs

March 26, 2019 Tuesday Egg Island, Eleuthera to Marsh Harbour Marina, Jib Room, Marsh Harbor, Abacos   71.3 nautical miles.

26°32’49.0″N 77°03’13.8″W
26.546930, -77.053841
Elevation: 0 ft

We wanted an early start. Mary the optimist set alarm for 5:30am not 6:30am. We had a nice leisurely cup of coffee.

To the Abs

A final check of the weather and waves in Windy https://www.windy.com/ and we were off to the Abacos crossing the Providence North East Channel with the Atlantic on our starboard beam.

Wind and Wave predictions. The light the blue the better.

Marv’s also looked good. http://www.marvsweather.com/

The prediction was for wind under 10 knots and 3 feet 7 second swells. Not bad for this water and this time of the year. Indubitably do-able. Neptune was looking out for us.

Sunrise good bye Eleuthera

Along the Way

Our Providence North East Channel passage was across massive undulating mounds of water. Giant rolls of 3 to 5 foot swells. Some of the swell tops were 15+ feet across. Then we were sweeping down into equally massive gullies. It felt like riding on giant a merry-go-round.

With the weather in our favor we cut straight across the open water to Marsh Harbor rather than hitting the south east tip of Great Abaco and bouncing along the shoreline to anchor at Little Harbor as planned. Not having a functioning dingy motor also played into the decision. It’s boring to anchor and not have a dingy.

“I got one!!!!!! I got one!!!!!!” it was game on for Dale. Mary slammed the engines into neutral.  The fish was jumping. The fish was running. The fish was beautiful.

47 inch dolphin fish (mahi mahi) It was a noble fish and fought hard.

Guess what we had for supper.

Blue and Orange, Atlantic Ocean and Sargasso seaweed. This is a tiny raft. There were LARGE rafts of sea weed (They did not photograph well). Dale caught the mahi mahi in an area where there was a lot of seaweed. We need to check our strainers tomorrow.

Hello Abacos!!

Coming into Little Harbour Cut. They all look the same. The differentiating factor is how populated they are.
It did.

Working our way to Marsh Harbour

Marsh Harbour

Portside. Coming into Marsh Harbor. Bumps along the way
Marsh Harbour. It is unbelievable how many sailboats are anchored here. Some were anchored over the magenta line path into the harbor making it challenging to get to our marina. We had to meander in and out between them.

Quotes

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain


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