Hi all! Winterlude is safely on mooring ball 14 at Warderick Wells North Mooring Field, headquarters for the Exuma Land & Sea Park. Starting tonight, the weather forecast is calling for 25 kts gusting to 30 and 40-50 knots of wind in squalls. Most of the Exumas are north south oriented islands, with great protection from the northeast through southeast – the prevailing winds, but absolutely no protection from the south, north or west. Guess which directions the forecast winds are from! J In looking at our options to hole up somewhere, the best location seemed to be Warderick Wells.
The downside is that there are only 22 mooring balls available at Warderick Wells in the north mooring field and you have to be on a waiting list to claim one. So being the ever prudent (i.e. scaredy-cat) cruisers that we are … we looked at all the snorkeling and hiking opportunities as well as the beauty of this island and decided it wouldn’t be terribly awful to spend a week or so playing and enjoying the watercolors, the snorkeling and 4 miles of hiking trails along unbelievably beautiful bluffs overlooking Exuma Sound … not to mention the Loyalist ruins from the late 1700’s … the whale skeleton, BooBoo Hill (the island is reportedly haunted and we believe it, but that’s a subject for another post).
We’re constantly amazed that this nasty weather has been forecast from several sources for days and days, but last night at sunset two boats tried to come into the mooring field without reservations to escape. The park wardens ran them out – one boat even had two fishing lines in the water and the national park is a strict no fishing zone – I just don’t understand people. We probably error on the side of being too cautious, but we do have a nice secure place to weather the upcoming 40-50 knot squalls that are forecast to pound the Bahamas later this afternoon … they may even interfere with the cruisers get together at the tiki hut on the beach in front of us, altho’ cruisers are very resilient so I’ll bake my pineapple angel food cake just in case!
More posts and updates after we get back to internet access – lots of fun stories to tell!
Stay tuned! Cheers! Jan & David, sv Winterlude, North Mooring Field, Warderick Wells … 24 23.686N 76 37.952W