Nassau and Points South

Jan. 11, 2014. Cruisers either seem to love Nassau or hate it. We’re in the  “love it” group.008 We dock at Nassau Harbor Club and enjoy seeing Peter, manager,dockmaster and friend. Right across the street is East Bay Shopping Center with a Starbucks, Fresh Market, video store (where you can buy most any new release for $5.00. Copyright laws are non-existent.) Mailbox, Radio Shack, and pharmacy. Within walking distance are three marine supply stores and the Poop Deck poop deck outside.jpgrestaurant. What’s not to like-other than the traffic and taxi drivers.  So before departing for the Exumas, we enjoy good dining and can provision with most anything we want.

Windfinder said Monday (Jan. 6)would be the best day for the 6 hour run to Highbourne, but Sunday morning looked better than forecasted so we shoved off. Those who patiently waited were wise.

We now have a new criteria for judging waves and wind. No traditional sea heights and wind speed, we use the cabin-top slammer scale.  We discovered last year that the companionway hatch cover slams back and forth in rough seas. Ed put a stop on it, but it still can move about 3 inches, slamming forward and back. It takes a few additional slams after a wave particularly steep hits us. Just let me say, this was a 6- slammer day.  That’s a 6 out of 6-so far.

We headed for Highbourne Cay with its famous Spring. They assigned us a slip that required some tricky maneuvering-sort of a 90 degree turn to port which sailboats don’t do too well. Sailboats move in arcs, not angles. Getting out was just as tight but Ed managed fine. One night and  we were on to Staniel Cay.

More later,

Jan and Ed on Sable


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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8 Responses to Nassau and Points South

  1. Hi Ed and Janet,
    I went to Nassau on a cruise in Nov. ’13 ( for one day) and will be going again in May ’14. I had never been there before. We spent that day on Paradise Island at Atlantis and spent the whole time riding the lazy river/rapids. I can honestly say, I don’t believe any two people had more fun that we two 70 somethings did. We can’t wait to go back so we can do it again! Since we get our food for free on the ship, we don’t avail ourselves of dining possibilities, but we do check out the drinking spots! Perhaps this time, we’ll check out the Poop Deck!

  2. ejhowle23 says:

    Irene, We stay on the Nassau side of the harbor not Paradise Island. If you have the chance, take a taxi to the Poop Deck. A very colorful place with Bahamians, tourists and cruisers. You’ll love it. Free conch fritters with drinks at the bar during happy hour-4-7pm.

  3. Nice post!
    I’m in Nassau, enjoying the local, the food, the beaches, everything!

  4. ejhowle23 says:

    Kate. Will you go to some of the other islands while you are here? This trip we have been to the Abacos, Eleuthera and Exumas. Some of this I have blogged if you read the archives. How long will you be here? We will not leave Nassau until Monday-waiting on guests. I will Follow your blog. Hope you will do the same. We blog our travels and writing. Working on our third novel while in port.

  5. Hard to keep track of you guys 🙂 Thought you were still home prepping for the Africa trip. Sounds like hard work, those 6 hours of “shaken not stirred”, but I’m sure you know what you’re doing. I always love the moment we are safely moored, anchored or docked and the bottle of wine makes its appearance for celebrations. Enjoy!

  6. ejhowle23 says:

    Carla, we are home prepping for Africa. In fact, on Thursday we have an appointment with Travel Health to get our immunizations for these countries. This blog is from Jan. 11. I have posted another one since then.

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