Sunday 25 Jun 2006
Alison: Today was an early start (7am departure), leaving Leaf Cay in the Allans Cay group and heading for Nassau. We did hoist the sails to give the motor a little bit of wind assistance (and I say little because the winds were still light). The most excitement we had on this passage was going through the Yellow Bank, where we needed someone on constant bow watch looking out for the coral heads that are scattered throughout the bank. We got through the bank without flattening a coral head and continued on our route to Nassau.
As indicated in the Cruising Guide, as we entered Nassau Harbour, we radioed Nassau Harbour Control and requested permission to enter the harbour. Once we received permission (do they ever not give permission?), we continued on our way to Nassau Yacht Haven where we had reserved a slip for the evening. After getting the boat fuelled, watered and safely secured in our slip, it was play time. Oh, did I mention that it took us 1.5 hours to get our 17 gallons of fuel. Just as we finished fuelling our boat, a big party barge pulled into the fuel dock behind us, effectively blocking us in. We had to wait until the party barge finished fuelling (about 1 hour), so that we could get away from the fuel dock and get to our slip. They only pumped about 500 gallons but the guy on the pump was really slooowwww.
After hot showers and cleaning ourselves up, Mike and I headed over to Atlantis, the opulent resort located on Paradise Island, formerly known as Hog Island. I guess they figured it wouldn't sound too good to have a world class resort on an island with a name like Hog. We stood in awe at the mega yachts tied up in the marina there. Someday? These boats made Soul Healer look like a little guppy. We wandered through the aquarium, where there is a glass tunnel that makes you feel like you are in the water with all the different fish (and yes, there were sharks as well). We also checked out the different buildings on the resort and marveled over the marble carvings, mosaics, tile work - it was almost too much to take in at once.
We had hoped that Nassau would have reasonably priced hi-speed internet so that we could upload some of our pictures from the last couple of days. Unfortunately, economical internet access doesn't exist here yet, or at least we didn't find it, so you'll just have to wait another couple of days for pics.
Tomorrow, we're heading off towards Bimini. The plan now is to sail to the Northwest Channel and then anchor for the night somewhere on the bank.