On to the Exumas 

We worked our way along the west coast of Eleuthera, stopping at the settlements of Governors Harbour and Rock Sound. Governors Harbour was a pretty little place with a slightly tourist oriented economy. Rock Sound, on the other hand, was poor and run down with its best days behind it. From Rock Sound it was onto Cape Eleuthera to take care of some business using the marina’s wifi and do some laundry. Don’t get me wrong though, we did have time to relax by the pool and explore the area on foot. All in all a good stop. 

Noodin at Cape Eleuthera

From Cape Eleuthera we made a 30 mile crossing of Exuma Sound to arrive at the Exuma Land and Sea Park headquarters at Warderick Wells. An absolutely beautiful place and an excellent place to wait out the next cold front. 

The Mooring Field at Warderick Wells

We were blessed with spotted eagle rays swimming around the boat each morning and jumping out of the water. We were even able to snorkel with them one morning. Very cool!

Phebe Looking for the Rays

One of the Rays

There’s a place at Warderick Wells called Boo Boo Hill. You’ll have to look up how the name came about but it’s a place where cruisers leave driftwood plaques with their boat name. After a first recon trip we made our plaque and hiked back up to install it. We got it mounted good and high so it should be visible for a long time. 

Signs on Boo Boo Hill

Mounting Noodin’s Plaque

Noodin on Top of the Pile

From Warderick Wells we’ve started south towards George Town where we’ll enjoy getting some company for few weeks. There’s more to see on the way so we’ll take our time if the weather allows. 

Technology at Work

When we were outfitting Noodin for this adventure we wanted to make her (and us) self reliant. Three things that we added to help with that were new sails, solar panels, and a watermaker. We have four 100 watt panels installed on the Bimini that provide the power that we need. The watermaker is a Spectra Ventura 200T that produces 8 gallons of water per hour from seawater. The watermaker is using the power of the sun to fill our tanks as we sail along today at 6 knots on our way to Rock Sound, Eleuthera. 

First Days in Eleuthera 

We were up at 5:00am to begin our passage from the Abacos to Eleuthera. We had a lot of miles to cover so we needed to get an early start. On the other hand, we were leaving through the Little Harbour cut and we needed enough light to evaluate the conditions as we started through the cut. The cut ended up being tame as we motor sailed out into the Atlantic Ocean to watch the sunrise. 

Soon we had decent wind for sailing and the motor was turned off and the sails got to do some work. We left the Abacos as the 4th of about 10 boats and along the way we were eventually passed by the other 6. We don’t feel too bad about this since all of the other boats were at least 6′ longer than Noodin. We got onto the Eleuthera banks and found our way to the very protected anchorage at Royal Island where we caught up with the rest of the crew. The only direction where we lacked protection was to the south which allowed us this open water view. 

From Royal Island we headed for Meeks Patch which is an uninhabited cay just south of Spanish Wells. We snorkeled a bit and ran into some little surprises on the beach. Gotta say I wasn’t a fan of these little mooches. 

We were treated to yet another glorious sunset. 

Today was onto the southern part of the banks which required a trip through current cut. This is a narrow channel that has extremely strong current, up to 10 knots. There are no tide or current tables to let you know precisely when slack current is but we gave it our best shot and only had about 1.5 knots against us. The picture below shows the entrance but we were too busy going through to get any more. Look up “current cut Eleuthera “for more pictures and explanation. 

From there, it was onto our anchorage near the glass window bridge which is another thing for you to look up on Google. We’ll explore the bridge on shore tomorrow and see what else we can find.