We opted to choose today’s big winds and seas over potential for squalls predicted for tomorrow and had a romping sail in 23 knots of wind and 4-6 foot seat, all dropping by the time we reached Dotham Cut on our trip from Cat. One of the tricky parts of cruising in the Bahamas is that there is no information about the currents, and when you are running a cut, this sure would be helpful. The closest tide station, about 25 miles away, was predicted to have a low tide one half hour after we entered the cut. Expecting near slack conditions, we had 2 knots against us. We had no trouble with the cut at 1630, although at least 2 boats which tried to enter at 1500 turned around and chose another entry.
We spent the next day doing laundry, which after a month and a half had really piled up. At Rockside Laundry (the best in the Bahamas) we paid $3.50 for the washer and the same for the dryer. You need to buy tokens, and it is wise to buy them the day before if you plan to arrive early, as you may find the proprietor unavailable, but the Laundromat open. We had a nice chat with PJ on Conched Out, which is ending a five year cruise. We had a glorious time on the internet at Lorraine’s Café, where I pulled emails and once all the cruisers had left, managed some blog updates with pictures so I did not grind the server to a halt. Lorraine no longer permits Skype use, as it drains the system. We enjoyed a nice meal with Nancy and Ed on Troubadour at Lorraine’s.
The following day we headed to Big Major’s Spot, just around the bend. Those of you who followed our trip last year will recall this is the home of the piggies. The population seems to have mushroomed! We dinghied over to the Isles General Store on Staniel for provisions; the mailboat usually arrives on Wednesday but the schedule is frequently modified. We hiked up over the small beach at Thunderball to the Sound side, no beaches here. Along with PJ and Tom on Conchd Out we tried happy hour at Thunderball, $3 beers, shots and drinks.