We cast off at 0730 hours and suddenly it is real. We are leaving the Abacos. We will carry with us so many great memories. The rake & scrape of the saw always featured in the island bands, beaches so white you have to wear shades, fresh seafood eaten hours after it was pulled from the sea, the aquamarine color of the Caribbean water & the pastel painted houses, Junkanoo Parade, Pirates Party with the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, petting the Pelican’s beak at the far end of our morning walks, searching for marine life on the reefs & shallows with our viewing buckets, the Jib Room dinners, visiting all the islands, Barefoot Man Concert at Nippers, the Blue Burgers and Art Gallery at Pete’s Pub, Cracker P’s, impromptu Looper’s Luncheon at Hope Town Lodge, the Gully Roosters Band at Pineapples , Salty Dawg’s party on top of their boat, the Beck/Grace visitors from home and getting to spend time with the Gallants on Green Turtle. And the people, well that’s the best part. Too many to list, we have many new friends and they haven’t seen the last of us. We promise!!!!! We are at anchor at Great Sale Cay after a 7 hour cruise and I made conch chowder while we were underway. Wonder what Mary has to throw in with it? Traveling with “Good News” has been really special for us. No doubt we will be friends for life. There are 9 boats at this anchorage tonight. Some headed east and some headed west. It is clear and I don’t think I have ever seen more stars in the sky. It must have been spectacular out here in the dark last week when the shuttle flew directly overhead of this uninhabited little island.
We pull anchor just before daybreak. Holding our breath that our windlass is going to work properly with the temporary repair the guys devised. It slipped a little but it did work. Brad has already ordered the part from Scott Forbes at Blue Water in Foley, AL who will drop ship it to us. Early start on another long day of cruising but the weather is cooperating beautifully. Old Bahama Bay at West End Grand Bahama is where we will perch ready to fly through the good weather window when it appears. Perfect crossing day? Seas at 0-2 ft, Winds not above 15mph from any direction that does not have a northern component. Lots of boats here waiting like us so there is no shortage of information being shared. Thursday is a possibility but iffy. Monday looks better right now but it’s so far away, that could change. Several boats we have docked with before at different marinas so nice reunion company for docktails (that’s cocktails with dock neighbors)!