Spanish Wells in Eleuthera was a charming stop, and a place where we would like to spend more time next season. It had an abundance of colorful, cute houses which reminded us of a larger version of Hopetown, and there was an amazing shallow beach that seemed to stretch out forever at low tide. Spanish Wells also had a large grocery store where we were able to stock up on more snacks. Note to self: bring more snacks next time!
After a few days in Spanish Wells the weather finally cooperated and we were able to move the 55 nm back to the Abacos. The wind held out long enough to sail for half of the day before we needed to fire up Big Red and motor the rest of the way. One highlight of the crossing was a pod of half a dozen dolphins that played along the bow of Pegu Club for several minutes! It was awesome! I deliberately didn’t take any pictures because I decided to live in the moment, so you’ll have to take my word for it.
After spending the night in the northern anchorage at Lynard Cay, we moved on to Marsh Harbor for a few nights while we waited for good weather to go around Whale Cay and back into the northern Abacos. Marsh Harbor gave us a chance to get some more cash and stock up on plenty of snacks at Maxwell’s in anticipation of our future travel plans.
We were still buddy boating with our friends from S/V Lone Star so we had fun hanging out together and playing competitive games of Hearts in the evenings. We were even able to celebrate my 50th birthday together, grilling and enjoying birthday brownies. Tom and Anita even surprised me with an unexpected birthday present of a large bag of peanut M&M’s. It made my day! Thanks, guys!
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, at least for a while, so the day after the birthday celebration we parted ways until Connecticut. We were going to Green Turtle Cay while Lone Star went to Hopetown. Lone Star is hoping to go from the Bahamas straight to Connecticut, so they have a few more weeks to enjoy the Bahamas.
As for us, we are enjoying soaking up the sun and snorkeling in the warm water (86 degrees now!) while we wait for a weather window. What are our plans for heading north? Stay tuned!