We knew when we returned from California that we would want to look for the first weather window for crossing to the Bahamas. We had a redeye on Friday night, got in Saturday and quickly grabbed some fresh and frozen foods before heading out of Vero Beach Monday morning. We left at about 7:30 AM, made our way through eight opening bridges and at 6:30 PM we were headed out, in the dark, through the Lake Worth Inlet. It felt good to be underway to Great Sale Cay! The seas were about 3 feet and a bit lumpy, but not too bad. We had to hand steer a good part of the way as the auto pilot did not like that motion in the Gulfstream . We arrived at Great Sale at about 10:30am and immediately crashed.
We took two naps that afternoon and went to bed at 7pm (didn’t exactly make midnight on this New Years Eve😁) With absolutely no human light, the star filled sky was amazing!! We got up and were on our way the next day, New Year’s Day, to try to check in to customs. Certainly a miracle in the Bahamas, the customs agent was at the new Chinese port to check us in. We anchored in the dark that evening over at Manjack Cay and continued through to Hopetown the following day. We had seen pictures of the devastation but nothing could quite prepare you for the amount of debris and damage on the island. No one we know currently lives in their own home. They’re living in whatever has a decent roof.
There are some groceries on the island but not everything that we need. We currently have no milk and have been hunting for that the last few days. We brought plenty of basic foods to get by from Florida and after this wind lays down, been blowing 25 to 30 the last few days, we will probably take the boat to Man O War Cay for a better grocery store.
Water is an issue here. We get drinking water from a cistern at the sailing club. Dan brings jugs over to the marina where are they pump RO water into our jugs and brings them back to the boat to pump them in. You can only do this at certain hours as they only run the generator for a bit while you’re loading water. Did I mention that there is no power anywhere on the island. Everyone is on generators. They run them for a certain amount of hours each day to keep their refrigerators cold or to take a hot shower.
We spend our days helping friends with their house issues. One of our friend’s houses was lifted by a tornado and we are currently helping go through the rubble, finding items that are usable for them.
I have been helping out at school. We only have classes from nine to noon with grades one through five. There are four highschoolers that are out on the deck at the school with their laptops doing a virtual classroom program. Internet is very poor here in the harbor. We’re making do sending a few texts,emails and messages but if I have anything with pictures I have to bring my phone to school and send them from there.
Before the blow began, we did go out hunting for some lobster and Dan was successful. He actually caught one his biggest lobsters ever! Pretty scary bringing that guy Into the dinghy.
So the wind is supposed to lay down around Tuesday. We will be anxious to get out of the harbor for a couple days. January is always the windiest month here and the coolest, that being said it’s been in the mid to high 70s but just windy every day.
Spirits are high here in Hope Town but you can see that everyone is tired from the daily labor of sifting through and moving debris and patching up their homes. There is hope in Hope Town❤️
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Wonderful New Year!!⛵️🇧🇸🌴