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Today was an amazing day, much much better than yesterday. David let me sleep off my seasickness first last night, and he woke me at about 2:45 am to start my shift. I got all suited up, because it was kind of chilly out! While David was debriefing me, we got a few huge splashes that washed over our front windows and the helm station. Fortunately we were debriefing downstairs in the main salon.
Coming into the Bahamas we started to see more and more vessels on our AIS, up to 24! A lot of them are cruise ships. When I started my watch, I could see the bright glow on the horizon of Nassau to port. To starboard, there were several smaller glowing sections of the horizon, which eventually turned into a dot of light and then a city’s worth of lights as the cruise ships came in. We started to get more and more radio chatter from the ships…it is fun to listen to!
It was still a little rough in the start to my shift, but I went up to the helm with my music and miraculously avoided being splashed. The moon rose it’s small sliver in the night sky, and not long after, the sun.
I have been meaning to talk about my second favorite app that I use at sea. If I recall correctly it was a recommendation from 5 years ago by a friend of mine – thanks Stephen King! The app is called Star Walk, and it’s a five dollar app, but worth every penny for anyone who is
in a good view to star gaze. It doesn’t require an internet connection, but if you don’t have one you have to set the location manually. You hold your phone up to the sky, and it shows you what stars you are looking at! It’s amazing. I’ve learned quite a few constellations, and have had Jupiter keeping me company every night. Last night I even saw the southern cross.
A few hours after sunrise, we approached the edge of the Northeast Channel and the Great Bahama Bank. This border is lined with rocks, but there is a narrow spot to get in and out. There were several boats passing through ahead and behind us. The amazing thing is that the Northeast Channel is still thousands of feet deep, but as soon as you pass over into the Great Bahama Bank, the depth goes to 10-20 feet deep. The water immediately turns from the navy, almost obsidian dark blue into a patchwork of turquoise and sea green.
It took us the rest of daylight to cross the Great Bahama Bank, and now we have finished our journey here – sorta. We have anchored here to wait for daylight to pass between the islands and through the gulf stream to Florida. We haven’t cleared into the Bahamas – we are still flying our quarantine flag. We are about 8 nm from South Cat Cay, so we haven’t set foot on land. David did get off the boat though! He dived down to check to make sure our anchor was set well.
One thing we haven’t seen on this side of the Atlantic – dolphins!
Tomorrow morning we will get up with the sun, and head to Miami. We should arrive by sunset!