Voyage 2018: Chapter 4

Going Home

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3 Feb 2018, Time for Goodbyes, 26 45.618 N/ 077 19.488 W

It is time to go back but first we need to make our goodbyes. We saw Chowder on Hill Street and had to give him our best. For you see, we encountered Chowder nearly every day on our walks. We also popped into Sids Grocery, the Liquor Store, and Harvey's to say "see you next year".
We wanted to give Roy (Bahamas) our best but he left his house boat and was getting some medical work done in Florida. Roy is known by everybody here. He even ran Black Sound Marina for a time. Hope is here next time we visit.
Wow We have a farewell party helping with our lines. Everybody was there except MV Spice (at Little Harbour) and MV Anvik (out on travel). Great bunch of people and we certainly hope to see them next year. But now we must go to catch the tide in the Sound.

8 Feb 2018, Heading Home to Vero, 26 58.266 N/ 078 13.128 W

Left Black Sound at 1030 (high tide) on 5 February heading for Allen-Pensacola Cay with winds on the nose at 10 kts. We anchored in the lee of the island with 4 other boats with light winds and little wave action. Saw a couple of lights on several of the islands. Guess most of the cays have folks living on them. Next morning we left at 0900 and headed for Great Sale Cay. Conditions were more favorable for motor sailing with jib and jigger. Dropped anchor in the lee of the long extension of Great Sale. No lights here.
The plan was to head for the western edge of the Banks and drop the hook. However, forecast had unfavorable wind and waves for anchoring in such an exposed area so we kept going through the night. Waves were a bit of a problem especially as we had to slow our progress to insure a landfall in daylight. We got to Fort Pierce a bit early so we circled for a bit. After day break we made good progress to Vero where we rafted with Majestic 7 and Endaxi. We miss GTC but are now glad to be back in Vero.

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