Every 30 minutes we checked in with “Megerin” to check status. It’s a good way to help stay awake and alert. Around 12:30 am Friday morning we transited the Northwest Shoals and the Northwest Passage Light (which marks reefs and shoals and is no longer operational) into the deep waters of the Northeast Providence Channel. This stretch can be a rough ride if the wind and tide are opposing each other. The wind was out of the southeast at around 12 kts and the tide was running at about 1 kt off the bank when we made transited. What makes this area a big potential hazard is the change of depth from the shallow Great Bahamas Bank into the deep water of the Northeast Providence Channel. Its like a huge funnel. With much caution we eased through the passage and Mother Nature was kind to us indeed. No rough water to negotiate in the pitch black night. As we made it into deep water it was a off to the races on our way to Nassau.
“Land Ho” was announced by the captain around 7:00 am Friday morning and we were granted permission to enter Nassau Harbor by Harbor Control around 9:00. As we made our approach to the harbor entrance we saw two cruise ships and several freighters approaching the harbor. By 10:00 am we were tied up safely at Nassau Yacht Haven and making preparation for the Customs and Immigration Officer to board “Wind Dust”. By 11:30 am we had lunch at the Poop Deck and afterwards promptly hit the bed for some much needed sleep. No Name Harbor to Nassau in 27 hours nonstop. Not bad.
Some additional photos from Miami, Key Biscayne and No Name Harbor.