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Easiest fishing in Governor’s Harbor

Easiest fishing in Governor’s Harbor

Another great sail south got us the 20 kn miles to Governor Harbor. Arriving in the afternoon, we tidied up, cleaned, showered and made some dinner. We haven’t had much luck with fishing in the last week, so started working on those vegetarian meals and some of the meats carefully rationed in the freezer. Just around sunset we were inside each reading our books when a very loud noise caught our attention. It sounded like someone was angrily knocking on our hull.

I rushed outside, thinking our boat was about to run into someone else to warrant that much banging, but didnt see anyone. At the front of the boat, what I saw was a fish thrashing on our deck. As I got closer I recognized it as a spanish mackrel. I yelled at Stephen to grab the knife, and our fishing problems were over.

Please excuse the terrible photo, we actually only got a video of it, so this is a screenshot of said video.

My theory is that a bird caught it and dropped it as it was too heavy. Stephen thinks it jumped up on deck in pursuit of another fish. How it happened we will never know, but I sure do hope it happens again, and soon 🙂

Happy New Year from Eleuthera

Happy New Year from Eleuthera

Soldier Cay was absolutely gorgeous. We had it to ourselves with the welcome exception of a couple about our age in a very similar boat, SV Tuebar (apparently they are also fond of latin names). There was great fishing nearby, a beautiful and well protected beach, and plenty of room to try out the Stand Up Paddleboard. Unfortunately, at night this particular anchorage was extremely rolly, making for very long nights of being tossed and turned.

Soldier Cay

While I am enjoying being one with nature, as a true Brazilian I had to put my foot down that we would need to find a little company for New Years Eve. After a bit of research, we set off to the Spanish Wells, in a separate island grouping called Eleuthera.

We had a perfect day of sailing to our destination. Wind was in the low teens on our beam, and we had plenty of sunshine to stay warm. This passage was through the Atlantic ocean vs. through the calmer and shallower waters of the bahamian sound, so we had hoped for some deep water fishing but unfortunately nothing bit. It was about a 5 or 6 hour sail, and we wanted to get in before dusk, to allow for time to anchor with some light. Especially since by mid afternoon the waves had begun to build up a bit and we were heading straight towards are pretty narrow cut. We anchored just on the inside of Egg island, and the next day enjoyed the reef and beaches around the area, including finding some green coconuts for refreshments. Our humble sailboat was surrounded by 3 or 4 mega yaghts, each towing not only a dingy, but a finishing boat, a couple of jet skis, and some kayak/SUP equipement.

The next morning we set the short distance to Spanish Wells early in the morning. It was December 31st so we had to scope out any plans quickly. After a quick nap, we were ready to head to town for a countdown, that even included some fireworks (though, not fairly compared to New Year’s in Rio).

From Spanish Wells, the forecast started to look a little grim. A cold front (the same that had just attacked our friends in NYC with arctic temperatures and even brought snow to Tallahassee) was headed our way. We seeked out a protected spot in Royal Island to hunker down for the next few days. And that was a about all we did. Some baking, some cleaning, and oh so much reading. Winds built up to nearly 40 knots over the next two days, and at times we were nail biting and just staring at our GPS to make sure we didn’t budge, but the Rocna continues to impress us and held tight.

Our anchor GPS shows that through the 2+ days we swung just about in every direction
nearly 40 kn winds.
Bahama Mama!

Bahama Mama!

 We finally made it to the Bahamas! After exactly one month in Miami, on December 20th just around 5am, we left Coconut Grove to jump to the Bahamas. The winds were predicted to be in the mid teens, blowing from the South/South West, ideal for the passage. The first several hours provided great sailing, but by late morning the winds had died down to below 10. While we could have continued on sail, we were being pushed north by the gulf and would have missed our target of Bimini. So, we decided to turn on the engine and motor sail the majority of the way. This allowed us to come into Alice Town, Bimini before sunset with plenty of time to navigate any shallows and clear customs. To our dismay, we still didn’t catch any fish.

We only stayed one night in Alice Town, then headed towards the Berry Island, through the Grand Bahama Bank. Winds were low, and because we used the engine so much in the passage, Stephen refused to turn it on for three days. This meant a lot of drifting, a lot of sitting, and a lot of a whole lotta nothing. But, the water was clear, the weather was warm and the boat was stocked. Can’t complain.

Just as we were arriving, we caught our first fish! We determined it was a spanish mackerel, and a very delicious one.

We arrived in Great Harbor Cay on Saturday, the time I had gone without setting foot on land. We were expecting a bit of a town setting, but unfortunately there wasn’t too much going on, so we stayed most of the time on the boat.

We spent christmas eve and christmas day swimming around, trying to fish, and catching lobster. We had a lobster feast on christmas day!

Our un-traditional, but very delicious christmas meal

Our next stop was Soldier Cay (on the way, we got the first Tuna!!!), a beautiful beach nearly to ourselves. From here, we are planning to leave tomorrow for the Spanish Wells, pending weather.

The first Tuna! Blackfin and a fighter
mighty mackarel
Tuna was a diver, and wrecked chaos on our lines. Took me 3 days to detangle