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Published: April 26th 2010
caves little harbour
original home of first settles in Little Harbour
We let go of our mooring on Wednesday, at about noon headed for the Current Cut. Why so late a start you ask...well we needed to time our passage through the cut. It is called Current I assume perhaps incorrectly for the settlement of Current, but from a cruisers stand point it would be because of the current that reaches upwards of six knots. A slow boat would have some trouble
negotiating the sharpish turn as well as the subsequent cut. Get it wrong and you will be on the sand or worse yet on the rocks. Having successfully made our way through we headed to our planned anchorage of Royal Island. This is a large protected harbour that cruisers have been using for years. The previous development was lost to hurrican Andrew and a new one that has been started is in the courts with some sort of legal battle. Hopefully whatever happens it will still be a
welcome haven for cruisers.
We pulled our of Royal Island at 6:30 am to begin our 50 to 60 mile crossing to the Abacos...intended destination Little Harbour. This was a long trip with light winds to no winds, and some
bronze little harbout
bronze of a ray Little Harbour
current against us. The ocean was calm at times with barely a ripple, there was some swell running but it was easy to manage. Some 12 ½ hours later we reached our destination. Little Harbour is nice spot which sports loads of moorings and some spots to anchor. The entrance is a bit
tricky, and you must time it with the tide, as it can get down to just under four feet at lower low tide. Also stray from the centre of the little marker buoys at your peril.
Pete's Pub is a well known spot for cruisers far and wide. There is a gallery and foundry there that are worth visiting. Some beautiful walks are to be found and good swimming as well. Worth the stop in our opinion. There were some bronze statues to be seen as well as a few lizards and a hummingbird moth. Nice canopied trails with good footing up to the old lightkeepers house.
We have sailed in the company of Joy B and her crew of John and Dingo. John is wealth of information about these areas since he has been sailing down here from Canada for many a year. Very
small lizard at Little Harbour
nice to have first hand information available.
Today as we made our way to Marsh Harbour dolphins surfaced and blew at our aft quarter, and some were seen jumping up ahead. No matter how often I see these creatures it is always magical. I should also mention the sea turtles, I believe they were leatherbacks we saw frequently in Little Harbour, also a special treat. I was not quick enough with the camera to get shots of these, but did some photos of various bronze statues and other things .
The journey north is under way.
Take care everyone, more as able.
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