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Last update May 04 2014
Boqueron is the last place we visit in Puerto Rico before we leave. The weather looks good, time to go. The first few hours we have almost no wind, JoHo moves with two knots...
Around two pm the wind changes, there is a breeze from the NE, the right corner. Finally we sail properly through the Mona Passage, into the night with more and more wind, gusts and waves being high but not annoying (yet). So we plod through the squals and gusts until we see Big Sand Cay in the afternoon on Friday april 4th. Here we throw our anchor, happy to do so after being in kind of a washing machine last hours.
Stretching our legs on the beautiful beach unfortunately is not possible, there's a big swell crashing on the beach, therefore we can not land with our dinghy, pity.
After a disappointing night (rolling big time) we leave for the Turks and Caicos bank next day. The sea has build up and the depth goes from thousands of meters to 8 meters when we hit the entrance, not the best of combinations. In the distance we see a whale tail coming out of the water, but there is no time for photos or even to watch for a while, we are entering the bank and it is all hands at that moment. We maneuvered along coral heads into Little Ambergris island. Here, finally, we find some protection but with 25+knots of ESE wind no achorspot is really good this side of the Turks and Caicos bank.
On Sunday, April 6th, after a reasonable night we sail on to the other side of the bank. There are coral heads scattered everywhere and there is a difficulty factor, the clouds. In fact, there are a lot of clouds, providing dark spots on the azure blue water that trick our minds. In other words, they look almost the same as the coral heads. After a while you do not know what's what.
When finally on the other side of the bank, we see that the anchorage we had in mind is a bad spot, the wind turnes SSE and the second place looks also bad. Just as we have decided to go on to Mayaguana that night we see several boats at anchor behind West Caicos Island. Deep anchoring, but still good enough, we''ll stop here for the night.
JoHo with Spinnacker
On Monday, April 7th we leave very early in the morning, it's still dark. Our journey to Mayaguana certainly is not a joy ride, 4 meters high waves with a lot of wind (but from behind at least). Pretty intense, the sort of seas you usually find around the ABC islands. We are happy when we see the entrance of Abraham's Bay and tuck into the reef at the end.
After passing the reefs at the entrance there is still 4 miles to go into the bay, straight into the winds but protected by the reefs. Happy again when we trhrow the anchor out, we will stay here for a while, catching our breath.
Our neighbors are Kim and Scott of SY Bella Blue, which we know from Grenada. Nice to see them again.
Five days we stayed in Mayaguana. We checked in and with Scott and Kim and their friends and Devi and hunter SY Artic Tern, we did an island tour. Cleaned the boat, repair some things and met Hennie and Trynie Tri Yana, they are Dutch and sail in the equivalent of a formula 1 racer. In all we had a lovely time, although the anchorage is very rolly certainly at high water.
After this rest period, we leave on April 12th to sail upwards to Rum Cay and Conception Island. Conception is an unhabited island with beautiful clear blue water and white beaches. Feels like paradise. There are some boats on anchor and in the evening there is a BBQ on the beach, the old out island feeling. We walked across the island. We love this island. Pristine is the right word I believe.
April 17th we are back on track, via Long Island we sail to Georgetown in the Exumas. We anchor here in different places, again some new anchorages for the second edition of our Bahamas Cruising Guide.
Easter we celebrate with nine people aboard SY Sweet Chariot, thanks to Jim and Tammy we had a great time. Everyone brought some food and drinks.
The next event in Georgetown is the Family Regatta, this is a local event. Local sailboats from all over the Bahamas are coming to Georgetown on Great Exuma. It's a double celebration because it's my birthday. Together with Jim and Tammy and Jerry SY Bibi we enjoyed a beautiful day on land and celebrated (John a bit too much).
After George Town we sailed to the Great Bahamas Bank, where we are surprised by strong rains accompanied by thunderstorms. A scary moment all alone behind the Exumas in heavy lightning and this is pretty early in the year too. They aren't called the summer squals for nothing. But it is an El Nino year, so this influence the weather all over the world.
We sailed on from island to island and stop amongst others at Big Majors Cay to see the wild swimming pigs. These pigs live on this uninhabited island with wild chickens and cats. There are three freshwater springs and they are fed by tourists and cruisers. The pigs are incredibly funny animals and they can swim.
So we sailed a lot in April, and in May we hope to explore the east Coast of America, more sailing to do.
But come May we will start being back to the place where we started 7 years ago with this JoHo.
I finished a special photobook, about our travels 10 years JoHo's travel from 2001 to 2011.
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JoHo is on anchor in Lake Worth, USA at 26°50'3 N - 80°03'3 W.
Sailing to the USA. Then back south to the Bahamas in winter again.
Our floating home and office is always ready for us to work for ourselves as writers and editors compiling cruising guides on our way.
We'll see how things will run, life's too complicated to plan anyways. Live life to the max, it can be over before you know it is our slogan.
John and Jolanda