We began New Year’s Day early – awake before dawn to head out the Fort Pierce Inlet at dawn. We had to wait over 2 weeks for a good weather window but this is why we wait!
By the afternoon of day 2, we were safety docked at the Green Turtle Club on Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. We originally were going to have to wait & clear Customs the following day, as the Customs official usually leaves back to the mainland on the 1:30 ferry. Our good luck was continuing as she was still there at 2:30 – I rushed up we & our boat were soon cleared into the Bahamas for another season.
We only spent a few days in Abaco before heading down to Spanish Wells, which is on Eleuthera, the next island 50 miles further south.
From here, we will continue down to the Exuma island chain to George Town where we’ll spend about a month. On our return trip, we’ll take it slower, stopping at our favorite spots back along the way including more time in Abaco.
Our two days of prep paid off with zero issues. The highest winds in Vero hit 60 MPH, with almost 70 MPH nearby. At our marina, the highest gust was likely closer to 50 MPH. We missed some of the heaviest rainfall as well, so it was easy & safe to walk around to check on lines, etc. At 2:45 AM the wind & rain completely stopped, as the eye went right over us. Our neighbor looked up & saw stars – I forgot to look up!
By this afternoon, the winds should lie down & hopefully the water will recede as well. Waiting for the marina to re-open & turn our power back on!
Tomorrow we’ll un-prep & get back to normal – oil changes & lots of boat projects!