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The Great Bahama Banks

Bahamas We had to sail across the Great Bahama Banks.  The first morning the winds were light enough that we could enjoy our morning coffee on deck. 

Bahamas The second morning we had better winds and had a great sail to Chub Cay at the south end of the Berry Islands arriving on January 9th.

Chub Cay Marina, Bahamas, Jan 2009 We enjoyed our stay at the Chub Cay Marina.  We were docked along side a 110 foot ketch named “Keewaydin” owned by a US banker.  We look pretty small compared to her!  Can you see us in front of her?  Our mast (at 57 feet high) is in the middle…

Chub Cay fresh conch, Bahamas, Jan 2009 There was a nice beach that we could walk along at the marina that had lots of conch of all sizes.  Richard is holding one that would be “good eating”.  We have not harvested any ourselves; we prefer to let the Bahamians clean and prepare them for us.  

Leaving Miami

Leaving Miami harbour, Jan 2009 We left Miami on January 6th for an overnight sail to Gun Cay in the Bahamas.  We had planned on just anchoring outside the harbour until early evening before heading across the Gulf Stream.  When we got out we found great wind and decided to spend some time sailing as we had not had the opportunity to sail Snowaway much. 

Bahamas We had a great sail across but then had to motor until dawn before going south of Gun Cay onto the Great Bahamas Banks and anchor for the day/night.  There was a good lighthouse to help with our directions around the south end of the cay. 

And then we were treated to our first Bahamian sunset. Bahamas