March 26, 2019 Tuesday Egg Island, Eleuthera to Marsh Harbour Marina, Jib Room, Marsh Harbor, Abacos 71.3 nautical miles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guess what we had for supper.
Working our way to Marsh Harbour
“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