Funky Nassau

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Flag of Bahamas  , New Providence,
Sunday, February 19, 2012

Friday - Up early and got off to a slow start. We had a loose connection on the alternator and after 20 intense minutes, Denny figured out the problem and fixed it. We were on our way at 7:20 a.m. We only have 156 miles to go before we reach landfall. It was a beautiful sunny morning and we motor sailed half way across the gulf stream and then sailed the rest of the way past Bimini. Once we were on the Bahama banks the wind lightened up to 5 knots and we motored in crystal clear phosphorescent waters where we could see the bottom at night in 15-20 feet of water and the sky was brilliant with billions of stars. The winds picked up and once we got on the tongue of the ocean where the depths were as deep as 6,000 feet the water was a deep cobalt blue as opposed to the turquoise water on the banks. There were a couple of beacons we had to round that were not lit. A few of the sailboats ahead of us were chatting on the VHF and said their radar showed a tower structure of some kind, but we could not determine it so we rounded them navigationally to avoid the shoals and rocks. This was a little bit stressful. We were flying with head sail only in total darkness for the remainder of the night. This trip gives new meaning to sunrises and sunsets.There were times where I was hallucinating big time in the dark. Obviously we were sleep deprived. After 26 straight hours we reached Nassau at 10:30 a.m. and were back on the shallow Bahama Banks. The procedure is once we got to the harbor we had to call to Harbor Control for permission to enter the harbor. Then we called to Nassau Harbor Club marina for a slip and they accommodated all three of us. We got settled and went to dinner at the Poop Deck for some great fish, dolphin and salmon a short walk from the marina along the harbor. After a long 48 hours we all were in bed very early. Then at 10:30 pm were awakened by a fireworks display just across the harbor less than a 1/4 mile away. It was like the 4th of July. We had no trouble going back to sleep. (pics have been added to several previous entries and this one below)
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