Marsh Harbour to Great Sale Cay

Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

We left Harbour View Marina, Marsh Harbour at 0815 knowing we had a long day ahead. The Whale report on the Cruisers Net on VHF did not sound promising (Dave suggesting that the vendors wanted boats to stay in the Abacos for all the Sunday action!) but we were a couple of hours away and had a tide change coming so as before we planned to go and see if we liked what we saw. Coming from the south it is not possible to see the narrow shallow section between the reefs as you head in from the Atlantic. Once we were out in the Atlantic we were subject to some large rolling seas with the odd breaking wave. There were large breakers on the reef at the narrow part to the north but we managed well and can understand that the Whale is impassable with strong wind and tide conditions.

Once past the Whale we put up the sails again and scooted past Green Turtle Cay and Manjack Cay which had many boats in it's anchorage. We sailed on a fast beam reach as far as the north end of Little Abaco. We then decided to start the engine and motor sail as the wind was getting lighter and we wanted to keep up our speed. We made our way into the anchorage in the dark with the help of radar and anchored just before 9pm in the NW anchorage of Great Sale Cay. We quickly made supper and fell into our bed for a rolly night on the anchor.
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