|Jazz Fest in Ft. Lauderdale on the Sunday before we left.|
|The clouds in the distance were|
forming little water spouts. Our friends on Waterbug warned
us that these are common in this area this time of year.
The following day, the waves were hitting us on the side and were spaced just right for optimum discomfort. Conrad got sick and even Matt was feeling it. At one point there were some big slamming waves that hit the bottom of our boat and one of them broke the catches for the hatch handles and allowed the escape hatch to open. We had to quickly turn the boat downwind to keep the waves out and Matt had to rig a temporary fix until we could get to anchor. Luckily we had our doubts about these catches and had already ordered some new metal ones to replace the plastic ones. Guess we'll be installing these sooner rather than later...
We arrived at Sandy Point on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas on Wednesday feeling drained and tired. After an early dinner, we turned in for a much needed night of rest. Unfortunately we were swarmed by mosquitos and noseeums that fit easily through the mesh screens over the hatches.
On Thursday, we headed to the beach for some time off the boat. We have the anchorage all to ourselves (not counting the bugs) and are enjoying being back in the Bahamas. When the wind shifts again, we'll head around the south point of the island and north towards Marsh Harbor.