We weighed anchor around 2330 and headed out of No Name Harbour for the second time that day! The winds were light, less than 10 kts and the seas around 2', just as predicted. Cloud 9 followed close behind us. The rest of the boats left between 0130 and 0200. The couple who hosted the happy hour last night claimed this was their 16th crossing. She organized an hourly check in, taking positions from each boat and broadcasting any updates on ships (on AIS, automated identification system) and taking questions. In total I think 10 boats made the crossing. We had 3/4 of a moon for most of the night and a sky full of stars. Unfortunately we also had an ocean full of cruise ships and freighters!
Sunrise over the Straits of Florida heading towards Bimini.
The weather was cloudy first thing in the morning but then cleared and we had blue skies, temp 23C and a fairly breezy but very enjoyable day !
Approaching Bimini, Bahamas.
Channel into Bimini.
Approaching Brown's Marina.
The quarantine flag awaiting Customs and Immigration clearance
CS'ta Time in her slip at Brown's Marina.
Jorge hoisting the Bahamian flag with HYC's burgee.
Our marina was located here.
Next town up the island but one starts where the other one ends.
The beaches of North Bimini on the Straits of Florida side.
Just a tree skeleton.
Street entrance to Brown's Marina.
Turquoise water under CS'ta Time.
The rest of the afternoon was spent socializing and just hanging out. After two nights of very little sleep that was the most we could muster. I think we are staying here in the marina for another day and heading out on Tuesday. That will give us time to catch up on some zzzz's and be tourists. Besides the weather is looking good for anchoring on the banks for the night and that's something I want to do.
This one is for you Donna and John.
I'm using the marina's internet but will start investigating communication options soon.
Needless to say bedtime is going to be very early tonight!