We Exit the Bahamas

Highbourne Cay As the middle of March approaches, we planned to visit numerous islands in the Exumas that we missed on our cruise south in January. However, due to uncertainty with the Covid-19 ourcruising plan has changed to move more quickly north, circle the Abacos, and position the boats at the northwest corner of the Bahamas for a Gulf Stream crossing westward to Florida or Georgia. This somewhat circuitous route also has another advantage. It steers us clear of Nassau and Bimini, current location of the only corona cases in the Bahamas.

To begin this island hopping trip, we make a short run from Cambridge Cay to Highbourne Cay. After a brief one night stop, we exit the Exumas on an early morning offshore cruise to Rock Sound, Eleuthera.

Rock Sound Rock Sound is on the southwest corner of Eleuthera, one of the larger islands in the north eastern Bahamas. It is a large shallow bay that we enter carefully at high tide. We anchor and take the opportunity for final provisioning at the lo…

Island Time Coming to an End

Thompson Bay, Long Island After a few weeks in Georgetown we decide to make a side trip and explore Thompson Bay on Long Island, not to be confused with New York's Long Island. N57 Worknot and N68 Floating Stones also are making the 3-4 hour trip. Long Island is further south and east of Georgetown; more remote with fewer boats in the anchorage.

Land Ho! Bahamas plays a big role in the arrival of Europeans in the Americas. Christopher Columbus made his first landfall on the easternmost Bahamas’ island of San Salvador October 12, 1492. A few days later he reached Long Island’s Cape Santa Maria. A monument on the northern tip of Long Island commemorates Columbus’ landing.
Teaming up with Bryan and Cheryl from N68 Floating Stones, we rent a car to visit this memorial and tour Long Island. The memorial's setting is spectacular with white cliffs, turquoise inlets, deep blue seas, and breaking waves. Not a very hospitable coastline for a landfall. Makes you wonder how Columbus did it?