Monday, March 30, 2009

Amazon Adventure # 14. An Exciting sail to Little Harbour.

                       Amazon in the big waves of North Bar Channel.
We have been reminded on the ocean facing beaches on the islands we have visited since New Years that while we have struggled with wind and wave on the Banks, out in the open ocean are the really big ocean waves of winter gales. On the sheltered sail south to Little Harbour we are caught off guard when a pass into the deep ocean allows big waves to sweep into the shallows and break all around us. We are glad that Amazon (with her hatches closed) is a wash-through craft. The wave that breaks over us just drains through the deck and back into the ocean. What an excellent little catamaran this is!
The Journal:

Goodbye Marsh Harbour. Actually got to like the place and knowing where things could be found.

Off with a light NE breeze under main and genoa. Big yachts started to get passed! We made a long run wing on wing toward Little Harbour with a light following breeze right across the shallow banks - sand rushing by right under the hulls.
I found a new place to steer from perched right aft on the netting beam which gives a great view of the boat and sails. We decided to start the engine and speed thing up as it was getting late.
We could see VERY large breakers on the reef and barrier islands. Beautiful in the evening sunlight.

                                    North Bar Channel and Little Harbour.
Soon we sailed past an opening in the reef (North Bar Channel) with enormous waves hoisting us up and down. I turned us toward a breaking wave top and got us all soaked. Then we turned again to take them on the quarter and had no more trouble. Amazon was moving fast in the increasing wind and engine on full power as we raced the night. We could see Little Harbour ahead: a dark cliff with breakers and some masts behind.

We slipped into the small crowded harbour, ran up on a sandbar, backed off and are now anchored near the beach in a sheltered spot. A nice supper of hamburger patties and hash browns with tapioca for duff. All accompanied by Mozart. Looking forward to a explore tomorrow. I spent some time tonight looking at charts for the next stage to Eleuthera. Bill.

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