Crossing to Eleuthera

We made the crossing from Shroud Cay in the Exumas to Rock Sound in Eleuthera on March 16th. We got up early and headed out Wax Cut, where we had entered the Exumas back in December (!)

We scratched our heads a bit at the current in the cut, as we already had close to 2.5 knots against us before low tide was even scheduled to occur…who knows.

As we got out into the sound and set our course, we found that the wind angle was much better than expected. We had a lovely sail with a wind direction of around 160 degrees (vs the 130 that we had expected) and wind speeds of 14-16 knots. We kept a speed over ground of 7+ the whole time under jib and main.

As we approached the southern part of Eleuthera, we passed the Cape Eleuthera Marina, where we had ridden out a big storm back in mid-December. It was looking much more pleasant than the last time we saw it.

Rock Sound had a nice deep spot for us, and once we anchored, we hightailed it to the grocery store before closing time to restock on some food. We stopped for a drink at Frigate’s on our way back to toast our arrival. (Cecelia was enjoying hanging out on the boat while we did these errands…everyone needs alone time!)

We dropped off groceries at Oestara and tidied up a little, then rounded up Cecelia and we all went in to shore to Wild Orchid for dinner. We were treated to a hazy but pretty sunset while we ate.

I took these photos as we dinghied back to Oestara, and I can’t decide which one I like best, so you get all three.

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