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  • Katharine Hesmer

Bahamas | Take 2 | December 31, 2022

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

Hope Town, Elbow Cay, to Little Harbour, Great Abaco, Abaco Islands, Bahamas

KORKZcrew is the blue dot on the map

Steve knows something is up whenever we've hoisted the dinghy.

Our plan today was to begin our journey south to the Exuma Cays. This will not be a one-day wonder, as KORKZcrew takes her sweet time, but it was pretty interesting learning from Skeet what our options were. There are many things to consider when going on a long passage, and while weather is an obvious factor, the wind and sea conditions are also critical components in our decision making. And by sea conditions I am referring to the size of the swell as well as to the direction of the current. True confessions: As most of you already know, I am a true novice at this, and while I try to share what I'm learning as I go, please take my observations/advice with a boulder of salt. As I've mentioned many times before, KORKZcrew doesn't draw much — only 3 feet, which means it is fairly flat-bottomed, making it perfect for handling the coastal areas around our home of Wilmington NC. The drawback of not . . . drawing much is that she can't handle rolling seas very well. KORKZcrew tends to get bounced around a lot, which is more tolerable for passengers if it's coming from the front or back of us, but harder to take if it's hitting us from the side (or beam). This doesn't mean that KORKZcrew isn't seaworthy; it's just that the ride in these conditions can be genuinely uncomfortable with things getting thrown around inside and a dog giving you that look of WTH is going on right now.

So here's Skeet explaining plan A and plan B for heading farther south. This boy is all about the details, and lucky us because he's mighty good at them, and has already been an absolute lifeline on this journey.

Sailboat on its way south

Plan A was to head south again to Little Harbour, where we'd visited with Greta a few days ago, and wait for a favorable passage south across a small patch of Atlantic Ocean to the northern end of Eleuthera. Plan B involved a more protected route, which would mean heading north from Elbow Cay all the way back around the northern end of Great Abaco and then finally south through the Bight of Abaco to Nassau. ( Maybe this is the origin of the term "going around your elbow"😜. Ok maybe not). We went with Plan A, and landed in Little Harbour, home to the fabulous and incredibly low-key Pete's Pub I've mentioned in a previous blog post.

Taking the short dinghy ride to Pete's

Not a bad way to spend the last day of 2022, and we made the most of it with another incredible lunch. You cannot believe that a place this rustic, tiny, and remote can serve up some great tasting and rather complex dishes, but they sure can. And I am HERE for it!

If I'm not mistaken, the menu changes daily, and appears around 11:00 am when they post a white board with some pretty amazing dishes to choose from.

Skeet and I ordered the sautéed lobster and shrimp soft tacos (and why WOULDN'T you?!), and Ron got the blackened trigger fish gyro. YUM!!! Served with peas and rice, and pineapple walnut slaw. I slapped that slaw right on my taco and went to town. Lordy I do love to eat. And what a relaxing setting for engaging in my favorite pastime!

Also saw this dude crawling by, right behind our table. Probably hoping for some taco scraps and who could blame him.

Here's to more adventures (and soft tacos) in 2023 and beyond! Happy New Year!

2.25 hours underway; 14.5 nautical miles traveled

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