Posted by: rosyroadsadventures | May 8, 2011

Rum Cay, Bahamas

Conception Island, Bahamas

 N 23° 38.4875′   W 74° 50.6539′

Wind and seas have calmed down, and we had several gorgeous days. Saturday we set sail for Conception Island, an unspoiled park island, so lovely it deserved more than a day stop. The dogs had a great time on a tiny island beach, until Bandit, our “escape artist”, thought it would be great fun to try to swim to the neighboring island with more greenery to explore. She got caught in some surf dangerously near the rocks, and ran off and did it again after being rescued. So she is back to being leashed on the beach. She just can’t control that explorer instinct.

Bandit, our little "escape artist"

We continued on to Rum Cay this morning. Put out a trolling line for the first time this trip since the seas were so smooth. Got one small nibble but whatever it was got away. We would love to catch our dinners, so hopefully we will have better luck.

The weather is forecast to be unusually calm for the next two days. We are considering combining two long passages, skipping a stop in Mayaguana and jumping directly to the Turks & Caicos to take advantage of the good conditions. I have struggled with seasickness, which makes it hard on Bob if I can’t take my turn to stand watch on overnights. Medication keeps it under control, and I find with or without medication, seasickness makes me drowsy. I shouldn’t have any problems if the forecast holds true.

About as smooth as the Atlantic gets, so time to keep moving

While we have basic safety equipment, including an emergency beacon (EPIRB), life raft and satellite phone, we are glad to have a great “float plan” coordinator back home keeping track of us. Our friend Keith, an experienced captain, serves in that role. We keep in touch with him via satellite phone on a regular basis and particularly if we have any long passages planned. We hate to make him worry about us – but are looking forward to repaying the favor when he sets off on his boat . . . 7 years, 3 months, 10 days, 4 hours and 29 minutes from now.



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