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Skylark tracking

Hey y’all
We’re leaving the Abacos today and heading for Beaufort, NC, about 470 nautical miles from here. The forecast doesn’t look agreeable for a non-stop to NY at this time but we’ll see what happens as we approach Beaufort. We expect to arrive Beaufort no later than Friday. As mentioned below you can track our progress at the link provided.

Vanity requires me to provide Skylark position reports to the few people that might care where she lies. The current plan calls for Rob to fly to the Bahamas on or around May 1 and to sail Skylark north, preferably non-stop to NY, about 900 nautical miles, 8-12 days is my best guess if non-stop is available to us.
In any event here’s a link to the tracking website. After we leave the Bahamas I’ll try to update daily. I’m planning to also post the position reports on SVSkylark.com.

https://farkwar.com/boats/skylark-ny

Fair winds to y’all
Steve

The Abacos are Awesome

It’s been a great season. I’ve been traveling with Polynya and we’ve been from one end of the Abacos to the other. Grand Cay to Little Harbour.

The old light house at Little Harbour
Little Harbour
On The Tribute heading for Hopetown
Caves on the road to Cherokee Sound
Did some work on the schooner William H Albury
It’s a submarine!
Before Dawn in Marsh Harbour
One of many hundreds of islands at Snake Cay

Back at Allans Pensacola

Hurricane Hole at Pensacola

The forecast was for strong trade winds and fast moving cold fronts so Skylark is back at Allans with Polyna only this time we’re anchored in the lagoon at the southeast end of the island. We’ve been here over a week as the fronts keep rolling down, something about the jet stream, cyclogenesis, the polar vortex and techy weather stuff that I’m struggling to comprehend.

Early morning run to make the tide.

We anchored overnight in the main anchorage which is open to the west and left before dawn to make high tide as we entered the lagoon. There’s 2 other boats in the lagoon with Polynya and Skylark, both power boats and really nice folks.

Its 4+ feet all the way to the mangroves.

Skylark has 2 anchors down and we’re tied to the mangroves. The strongest winds in these events are from the southwest and northwest, we’re setup so the mangroves are roughly northwest. Being inside a hole like this, the wind is definitely diminished but sometimes becomes gusty or comes from odd directions. I shift and adjust the lines as the wind clocks around to keep them from getting tangled and to help Skylark lay as quietly as possible.

Atlantic side.

There’s a short trail to the Atlantic side of the island and it’s beautiful there. Stunning really with several small islands not far from the beach and the reef beyond them. The colors of the sky, the clouds and the water are amazing.

Who? What? Where?

There’s always a lot of stuff on the beach. Trash mostly that washes up but sometimes interesting items. We found this inside a bottle. Wonder what it could be or where it came from?

Hiking the wall at Allans
The wall.

John on Polynya heard there was an old wall on the island and suggested we hike to it. It’s partly visible on a satellite view of the island. Heavily overgrown now it’s quite large and well constructed of the native limestone. John, being something of a human GPS took us straight to it. We hiked a good portion of it walking on top of and next to it speculating on what purpose it might have served and who built it.

The forecast for the coming week is for favorable weather and if it holds we’ll probably move out of here around Wednesday or Thursday.

The Hole in White Sound

Survey of the hole.

The wind usually blows NE to SE in the Bahamas. The trade winds. The trades. Relentlessly east flowing further south the trades in the Bahamas are strongly affected by high and low pressure systems coming off the US coast. When a low comes through the wind veers 360 degrees over the course of a few days. Almost all of the anchorages here are good for east component winds but when the wind goes west as the low approaches it’s time to hide. The SW and then NW wind can be quite strong. We’re expecting passage of a low in the next day or two. This one isn’t particularly strong so it seemed an excellent opportunity to check out a lake attached to White Sound on Green Turtle Cay. With a hand held fish finder in the dinghy I did a survey of the lake on Wednesday (depth in meters). The chart is shown below.

Navionics chart

The entrance is very shallow. Less than three feet at low tide and rocky. Narrow.

It doesn’t look narrow in the picture but it is!

It ended up to be quite easy to get in about an hour before high tide.

Polynya at anchor in the lake

Linda is going to fly in on Sunday, we’re planning to stay in the lake until Monday when the wind goes East again.

Alan’s-Pensacola

Alan’s Pensacola Cay is in the North end of the Abacos. Uninhabited except for a few pigs. There was a US radar site here at one time but it’s been taken back by the lush vegetation. This was once two islands but a hurricane created a large bridge between them. Pretty beaches and a nice Anchorage. We stayed here a few nights before moving south to Green Turtle Cay for Junkanoo.

Cruiser’s signing tree.