Abacos to Georgetown

We left the Little Harbour cut in predawn darkness to hit slack current on our way to Eleuthera. The wind was 15-20 knots just aft of the beam which made for a fun and speedy sail to Eleuthera.

Sunrise Over the Atlantic

We had wanted to stop at “The Current” settlement for a couple of years but the weather hadn’t been right to anchor there until this trip. The Current is a small Bahamian settlement at the end of the road on the west tip of Eleuthera. Most boaters bypass the settlement as they pass through the notorious Current Cut between north and south Eleuthera. Not much to be found in Current other than friendly Bahamians and amazing views. Nothing wrong with that though.

Local Fishing Boats on Their Moorings
The Colors are Amazing
Spotting Turtles

Our visit to Eleuthera marked the start of our windy season in the Bahamas. The first week of wind was just before Christmas and we treated ourselves to a stay at the Cape Eleuthera marina. Even tied up in the marina Noodin bucked and strained at her lines but at least we were able to get off the boat.

You Know it’s WIndy When…..

We did a lot of walking and spent time with some new friends, Nick and Linda, including a very nice dinner aboard Noodin on Christmas Eve. We shared a rental car with them one day to tour some of the Island including Sweetings Pond, home to a large number of seahorses. Unfortunately, it was rainy and the water turbid when we snorkeled looking for the seahorses but Phebe did spot one. We’ll return on a nicer day and try again.

Home of the Seahorses

Christmas Day found us sailing across Exume Sound to Warderick Wells, the headquarters for the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. A more beautiful place is hard to find.

Noodin on her Mooring at Warderick Wells
Warderick Wells Mooring Field
A Nurse Shark at Warderick Wells
Exuma Sound to the right, Great Exuma Bank to the left (from Warderick Wells)

After a great Christmas dinner at Warderick Wells, we’ve been touring the Exumas and enjoying spending time with old and new friends alike. A highlight has been traveling with our friends Joe and Maribeth who have Noodins sistership, La Peregrina. Two prettier sisters would be hard to find.

Noodin and La Peregrina at Anchor off Bitter Guana Cay.

Our Exuma travels have taken us to Shroud Cay, Bitter Guana Cay, Black Point, Little Farmers Cay, Lee Stocking Island, and Barratarre. We find ourselves in Georgetown now where we’ve reprovisioned and are ready to travel again. We travel where the wind allows and Tuesday looks like a good day to go to Cat Island.

Touring the Mangrove Creeks on Shroud Cay by Dinghy
Dinghy Ride Got Us to Within a Short Walk of the Ocean Beach
No Footprints on the Ocean Beach at Shroud Cay
The Welcome Committee At Bitter Guana
The Only Footprints on this Beach Belong to the Iguanas
Pretty View at Bitter Guana
Noodin at Lee Stocking
Combing the Beach at Lee Stocking Looking for Sea Beans
Starfish at Barratarre
This Years Collection of Assorted Sea Beans
Team Noodin at Lee Stocking Island

12 thoughts on “Abacos to Georgetown

      • Nah, we’re stuck in the frozen north (brrrr). Finally had enough and took a car trip to Sanibel Is., FL for a few days to thaw out. Stopped in St Augustine and Savannah on the way home. On our way back to Maryland today.

  1. Glad you’re continuing to have a good season. Two Cabo Ricos would indeed be a beautiful sight. We are hoping to cross over today, hope to see you at some point.

  2. My goodness! What wonderful photos!! I can almost feel the sun on my face and hear the sound of the waves as I look at them! We love to read of your adventures and wish you both all the best in your continued adventures!
    By the way, just WHAT is a sea bean?!

    • From Google “Sea-beans (also known as drift seeds) are seeds and fruits that are carried to the ocean, often by freshwater streams and rivers, then drift with the ocean currents and (hopefully!) wash ashore. … These sea-beans come from trees and vines that grow along tropical shores and rain forests all over the world” .

  3. Ron, Phebe,
    Glad to finally hear from you both it has seemed like such a long time since your previous post. So nice that retirement on a sailboat is treating you fine. We are in the middle of our fourth full winter in the MT cabin. Strange warm winter so far. Keep on with the great photos. BTW, they are now transplanting wolves on Isle Royale as the natives pretty much died out.
    Cheers,
    Bill and Linda Reynolds

    • Hi Bill. Thanks for the reply. I’m really not a very good blogger and apologize for not posting more often. Had some difficulty with email notifications so if you didn’t read my Abaco post please go back and check that out. I certainly have mixed feelings about the wolves. Reintroduction in Montana was an awful mistake but Isle Royal May be different. I still think about our time on Lake Superior and can’t thank you enough for your encouragement to do that. I don’t remember sharing with you that we’re summertime motorhome people. Winters in the Bahamas and summers touring around. Beats working. Say hi to Linda for us.

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