After sailing over 400nm to Turks and Caicos, we spent a few days in the marina to complete some boat chores. After the Code Zero ended up in the water we added a new job to the list: go up the mast and re-mouse the spinnaker halyard. Nick took that one, with Bo’s help, while I took advantage of fast Wifi and unlimited electricity to do some editing and uploading; since we were heading to the Bahamas, we had no idea when we might next have good internet.
(It transpired that internet in the Bahamas is actually faster and cheaper than many other places in the Caribbean we had visited, possibly because the flat nature of the islands allowed an uninterrupted signal. We bought a BTC sim card with 15GB data at 4G speed for $45… not bad at all!)
Allison flew in from the USA after attending a wedding, which was conveniently timed to coincide with our passage from Puerto Rico and the awesome foursome was reunited. We celebrated with an afternoon down the hotel pool, which we were allowed access to as it owned the marina.
We had a 6am wake up call to catch slack tide. The sail to Mayaguana- our first stop in the Bahamas- was uneventful, which is just how we like it! The winds were light, the sun was out and the colour of the water was a deep, cobalt blue. We hopefully put out our fishing line, but apart from a nibble as we were leaving T&C, we had no luck whatsoever.
We arrived into Mayaguana in the late afternoon. We had two options: to enter the bay via the east reef past or the west. The western pass was wider and deeper and was generally accepted to be the better option. Unfortunately that would require a total of 2 mile detour as we were coming from the east. The eastern pass was shallower with more coral heads, but we decided to give it a go to save ourselves the time of going all the way around. Nick followed the Garmin charts (which were surprisingly accurate) while I kept watch at the bow for coral heads. We navigated the pass easily and entered the harbour, where we set our anchor in a couple of metres of crystal blue water. We were finally in the Bahamas!