|Beautiful French Leave Beach, Eleuthera|
After we left Treasure Cay in the Abacos we had a beautiful sail in light winds past Marsh Harbour to Tiloo Cay, there was a few shallow spots but the skipper had it all planned out perfectly. We anchored up for a really peaceful night to prepare for our early start the next morning to sail to Eleuthera.
|Perfect anchorage Tiloo Cay|
|Very focussed - North Bar Chanel|
|The seas never look big in pictures - it was just over a metre but breaking on each side|
A short video clip of the sail
|We overtook this boat who towed the dinghy out in the open ocean..... wtf!|
|Egg Island - Grey day but passing this island took us back on the banks|
|We might have had a beer on passage sailing past Egg Island|
Eluthera is a long skinny island - about 110 miles long and a maximum of a mile and a half wide. The Eastern shore faces out to the Atlantic ocean and has beautiful pink sand beaches. The Western side is where we are sailing.
The next morning was leisurely as we had to wait for the tide to be slack high water to pass through the Current Cut - Andrew opted to go through a little before slack as we could power against the current which was running at 3 knots as there were shallows on the other side which we it would be good to have a rising tide jus in case we touched bottom. We heard one of the boats from the previous day had ran aground in nearby Spanish Wells. They were calling on the radio seeking help so we were keen not to be in that situation.
|Going through the cut - the Current Settlement on the shore|
|We took a hard right and got this view looking back - phew glad to get that done!|
|We sailed across the bank to near Glass Window and the sun came out and dolphins showed us the way|
|Our anchorage at Mutton Fish Point|
We had our anchorage at Mutton Fish Point all to ourselves and swam and snorkelled around the shore - lovely. Later that night we saw lights approaching out of the blackness, it looked like a yacht so we switched on AIS to find out it was Drumbeat - the funny thing was that exactly a year ago to the day we were in St Lucia moored in Marigot Bay with Drumbeat - 142 foot long, beautiful yacht.
We took our dingy to see the Glass Window - this in the narrowest part of the island - now there is a man-made bridge but originally there was a natural rock arch before it was destroyed by a hurricane. It's a fantastic spot to take in the contrast between the ocean side and the calm exuma sound side. I found it quite freaky as we watched the Atlantic ocean pound the Eastern side.
|Approaching the Glass Window|
|Pano of the Glass Window - it even looks sunnier on the exuma side|
|That's what it should look like - google image|
|Yes glad we were on the exuma sound side today.|
|Another amazing sail down to Alabaster Bay - tacking all the way|
|It's not just my hat that's pink - pink sand wow!|
We decided to stay put for 'the blow' and moved Askari to the north east corner of the bay. Andrew did a full survey of the depths all around us, we put out plenty of scope and made sure the anchor was really well set. The calm the day before was just perfect. We had a lovely day snorkelling and paddling then went to the French Leave resort for sundowners. We still haven't manage to catch a lobster but at least spotted some nearby. Then a big shark swam through and we delayed spearfishing for the next day....
|The skipper surveying the bay|
|Meanwhile I went to explore by paddle board - all the way to Toms Rocks|
|Our view for sundowners|
|Ancho Margarita - just yum!|
|I got all the flags out for Australia Day but with 30knots of wind and big gusts we decorated inside only|
|You wouldn't believe how windy it was and we were calm as anything|
|The other side looked like this - yuck|
|Rum Bubbas - they were seriously good (and strong)|
|Andrea from the liquor store did really well|
|We met the local policeman - how handsome is he!|
|Andrew and Andre who runs the fish fry|
|Lessons in Conch Shelling from JJ|
The next day the wind had eased a bit so we hiked to the Leon Levy Naive Plant Preserve - it was a long walk but we needed the exercise - we hitch hiked back though which is how many people get around on Eleuthera as there's no public transport.
|Another amazing Eastern shore beach|
|Leon Levy Preserve|
|Seriously red mangroves|
|Lovely bush trials|
|These terapens look like they are used to being fed - very cute|
|Fresh Water Wetlands|
|A Lucayan house - the original inhabitants of the Bahamas before Europeans|
|Local Derby Governors Harbour Classic v Blackwood from Providence Harbour|
|Chickens on the pitch|
Unfortunately the local team lost 3.0 but everyone had a great time, and there was a lot of celebration afterwards. Continuing the wildlife theme, we got back to Askari and found this fellow listening to our music.....
|Apparently this Black Witch Moth is going to bring prosperity in the Bahamas|
The next morning we did a quick grocery run and then set sail south again.
Thank you Governor's Harbour for a great time, fabulous memories and for keeping us safe while the wind was blowing so strong - we had reports of over 40 knots at either ends of the island for the three days but we only saw 30.