After a lovely stay in both North and South Bimini, we had a great weather window allowing us to head east to the Berry Islands, a chain of islands and cays lying on the eastern side of the Great Bahamas Bank. The cays are uninhabited for the most part. Some are privately owned. The Berry's are clearly off the well-traveled path and are not for those seeking crowds or organized activities. For those seeking unadulterated isolation, this is paradise.
We left South Bimini at 6:50 AM on Sunday with winds out of the south east. After a six mile run north we rounded the light at Moselle Bank and assumed a 103 degree course through the Great Bahamas Bank to Great Harbor Cay. We averaged over 7.5 knots for the entire 12 hour sail. It was a great sail with 15-20 knot winds and moderate seas on the beam. In other words we flew (by sailing standards). Unfortunately, with the sun setting at 5:30 PM, we were not able to enter the harbor in daylight. The entry to the harbor has two stonewalls about 30 feet apart. It was somewhat intimidating to enter at night but all went well with the support of Tara, Chad, and Kay. Once in, we wound through a narrow channel to a well-protected Marina. After a sampling of the Conch fritters and other treats, it was time to call it a day.
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