We had a nice motor sail across from Nassau to the Berry Islands. We knew that bad weather was approaching, so we needed a place to hole up for a couple of days- one with both a south and westerly protection.
Only hitch in the crossing was a fast motor yacht who came within 100 feet of hitting us. We first spotted them off our port side, and kept close visual eye on this faster boat. We had the right-of-way, but you can’t always count on the the other boat knowing this, or if they even have someone at the wheel.
Turns out this captain was just being a jerk. Hard to miss our large white sails. Some motor yacht captains do not care for sailboats, so he apparently wanted to wake us by passing just in front of our boat at high speed. Not cool, but especially not cool if you have a small child on board. We were able to yell for Ethan to brace himself. Being at the helm, I had slowed down to a crawl to avoid a collision.
We arrived to Great Harbour Cay’s Beach Club Bay late in the day, which would give us protection with good holding. Not long after we arrived, the first of three storms hit. I clocked winds about 35 knots. Joe had unstrapped the dinghy on the foredeck in preparation for putting it into the water. We were thinking of heading ashore for drinks when the weather turned. The halyard was clipped on. When the initial gusts came, the dinghy flew up to the mast. Joe quickly tied off the painter so the dinghy wouldn’t swing around.
After the third storm front passed, we pulled up anchor and headed around the tip of the Stirrup Cays for the west entrance to Great Harbour Cay Marina. It felt like we were home again, at least our Bahamian home port.
To enter the cut, you must rely on the charts, then at the last minute you see the narrow opening and pray another boat is not coming out.
Marina and Island Manager Hans, along with M/Y Largo friend, Karen, was there to grab our lines and say hello. Felt like our home away from home. We love this place! Here is a slideshow of why we love Great Harbour Cay:
In the end, we were feeling homesick. After all, it had been 9 months since we left California on this adventure. So, we decided to leave our boat at Great Harbour Cay Marina for hurricane season and fly home to California. That meant I needed to research how to prepare your boat ahead of time to leave it. You do not want to come back and find mold has grown inside Mahi’s interior. Or, that critters have moved on board the boat.
In the end, I removed every open food on the boat, defrosted the fridge and freezer, and cleaned and wiped down every interior surface with vinegar/water solution. Our friends on Largo, Jay and Karen, along with the marina, kindly offered to keep an eye on Mahi during our absence. Thank you, Jay and Karen!!
Now it is time to fly home. Stay Tuned!