Three trawlers and a sailboat left West End Marina at 7 am. on Thursday. It was on a rising tide in calm waters- perfect conditions.
A Couple miles north and first challenge is to cross through Indian Cut- rumored to be shallow in spots. The trawlers draw about 4 feet, the sailboat 5.5 feet so the captain of the sailboat was counting on the rising tide to add enough depth as he followed the trawlers along the rhumb line. The lead trawler called out depth on the VHS radio- “7 ft.; 7.5, I see 8; then I’m in 7 again; now 6ft”. Good enough we all crossed safely and continued East toward Great Sale Cay.
GREAT SALE CAY
We passed by Mangrove Cay; and continued toward Great Sale Cay- covering 56 miles today. We anchored in the south western bight. Sleeping Bear invited us over for cocktails. We dropped the dinghy off the davits, packed up a fresh batch of Pico de Gallo and joined them on their aft deck to enjoy the sunset.
ALLANS-PENSACOLA CAY ANCHORAGE
Next morning we all pulled anchor- traveling with Sleeping Bear, Island Gypsy and Calliope Cat. (all three are Canadian boats) Tonight’s anchorage will be at Allans-Pensacola Cay. Launched the dingy and went ashore – we will call it the “no seeum beach”. Lasted about 10 minutes before getting bitten and forced back into the water. A better choice was swimming off the back of the boat- the water was so clear we could see our anchor and chain lying on the sand in about 10 feet of water; we were confident there are no sharks in the area!
We are flying our courtesy flag and our club burgee for Great Lakes Cruisers Assoc. as we head in to the Abacos!
GREEN TURTLE MARINA
The three day weather forecast included increased winds and rains, seems like a good time to pull into a marina. Green Turtle Marina is 16 miles south of us; and we made a reservation for 3 nights. It is located in White Sound on Green Turtle Cay. Resort and Marina means pool, restaurant and bar on site! Moon Shadow leads the way; with Sleeping Bear and Island Gypsy following – hoping to beat the dark clouds that are following us !
The dock hands were standing by to catch a line- glad to see them as we came in at low tide, and the docks were 4 feet above our deck! Time for a little exploring around the property and look forward to renting a golf cart to go to town on the following day.
GOLF CART TOUR OF NEW PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT
The early settlers of this area included Loyalists from New York.
The typical mode of transportation on the island is to rent a golf cart-
so we joined Rod and Alison from Sleeping Bear and headed for town in a rental.
We noticed this sign for a fundraiser breakfast, and didn’t feel bad that we missed it once we read the menu:
We visited a memorial garden with bronze busts honoring prominent citizens. The area was settled after the American revolution by Loyalists who left the US to resettle in the Abacos.
Walking around town , we found many quaint buildings, small shops, at least three churches and several restaurants.
Many had closed signs mid day for a funeral.
On shop opened for us to take a peak at the Model Ship builders shop. The owner wasn’t there, but we could see his works in progress. He kept small parts hanging from jars on the ceiling.
Next stop on the golfcart route- beaches of Turtle Cay- beautiful ocean side beaches- deserted sand beaches. Some roads were paved, others not so much! Bumpety Bump we headed across the island to explore the beaches.
A great day on the island . Stay tuned for more adventures as we plan to spend about a month exploring the Abaco Islands.