Wind for Days (aka Our Ten Day Stay in Nassau…)

Wind for Days (aka Our Ten Day Stay in Nassau…)

While we would have loved to have stayed in Bimini for a day or two to check it out, an upcoming weather front unfortunately dictated otherwise. If we didn’t continue on right away, we’d be stuck there for quite some time. And so, on we moved to Nassau, New Providence, the next stepping stone in our journey toward the Exumas.

Many cruisers choose to make this jump in two hops, overnighting at anchor on the Bahama Banks. While it’s probably pretty cool to be anchored out in the middle of nowhere, and with no land in sight, we decided to leave Bimini around 11:30am the morning after we had arrived and do an overnight straight to Nassau, which would have us arriving there around nine the next morning.

The setting sun as we begin the overnight portion of our trip to Nassau

As night fell, we motored through flat calm waters, the skies were clear and the stars (including a few of the shooting variety!) were amazingly fantabulous! There’s just something so magical about being on watch by yourself in conditions like these. We don’t have a set watch schedule for short trips like these, but if conditions are calm, I love being out there by myself while Jim catches some shut-eye in the wee hours of the morning and as the sun starts working its way back up over the eastern horizon (on this particular passage I was up there by myself from 2:30am until just before 6am when Jim came up to join me).

The sunrise over Nassau in the distance – although it was a calm and easy overnight trip, it’s always comforting to see the rising sun the next morning!

We had one calm day on the dock at Nassau Harbour Club before the north winds came barreling in at 1:44am, startling us awake. It blew like stink for over a week, and we ended up spending nine nights at the dock, which is so very much NOT our style! It was so friggin’ windy that many times I wasn’t even able to get off our boat onto the dock without Jim getting a line on a dock cleat and winching the boat closer in. Crazy!

We weren’t thrilled to be stuck at a dock for so long, but like they say, when you’re handed lemons, make lemonade, and so we did. I took advantage of the free wi-fi at the marina and got a lot of work done (yup…I do consulting work for my former employer while we’re out here) while Jim worked on various boat projects, of which, as anyone who owns a boat knows, there is never a shortage! And of course we got off the boat (when the wind wasn’t also accompanied by rain!), made some new friends and did some exploring.

The gorgeous Atlantis resort across the harbor on Paradise Island
Atlantis in the background behind the Paradise Island Bridge over Potters Cay, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, some derelict fishing boats
Many of the buildings downtown, like this hotel, are quite run down (except for the area where the cruise ships dock of course)
The backside of the food shacks on Potters Cay where we sampled some of the local cuisine a couple of times
The menu at the food shack we ended up choosing to patronize
Jeremiah (or Mr. Feelgood as he told me everyone calls him!) preparing our conch salad
And his wife Lenora (not to be outdone by Mr. Feelgood, she told me that everyone calls her Lady Gaga!) who prepared the rest of our food
Our seafood platter, which included a grilled lobster tail, a whole snapper, a couple of shrimp and some conch. It was served with boiled plantains, carrots and peppers, peas and rice, baked mac and cheese and a side salad. All very yummy! We also shared an order of conch fritters and each had a beer and our total (including a tip) was $58.

If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you won’t be surprised to hear that we managed to find a microbrewery, Pirate Republic Brewing Co., located right where the cruise ships dock. We honestly weren’t expecting much, but figured we were there anyhow, so why not? Much to our surprise, they actually make a pretty decent IPA! Unfortunately we were too busy chatting with our bartender Marco and managed not to get any pictures.

We also stopped at the John Watling’s rum distillery where we shared a sampler of three of their rums. So much yum!
This gorgeous bird peeking in the door at the distillery was hoping for some rum samples too apparently!

And then FINALLY the winds died down and we were able to escape the dock! Happy, happy, joy, joy!!! Six hours later we dropped the hook in the lee of Highborne Cay for the night and the next afternoon were happily anchored off Normans Cay, our first REAL stop of the season!

We will most certainly be stopping in Nassau once more when we turn around and make the trip back to Florida. Hopefully our stay won’t be quite as long next time, but just in case….if you’ve been to Nassau and have any recommendations for things to do/places to see, please share!


  • Angela Thomas

    March 23, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

    Wow! You guys are amazing! This was such a great read – thank you! Please keep the posts (and the awesome pictures) coming. I continue to pray for your safety. Love you guys!! Angela

    • Chris

      March 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Thanks Angela! Hope all is well with you and yours!

  • Pete hall

    March 23, 2017 at 11:49 am Reply

    Great to hear about your adventures again. We are hoping to be doing the crossing in Dec 2017 for a couple months.

    • Chris

      March 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

      Thanks Pete! Maybe we will run into you guys as we plan to cross back over here again in December or January. What is your boat’s name?

  • Allan Spivak

    March 23, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    Another wonderful chapter in your cruising life, enjoy.

    • Chris

      March 23, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Thanks Allan!

  • Jan Nolan

    March 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Hi Chris and Jim! I love reading about your journey! The pictures are amazing and I’m sure they don’t do justice to seeing those places in person. Please keep sharing….all of us, well at least me, look forward to your updates. Miss you! 🙂

    • Chris

      March 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Hi Jan! Thank you! So glad that you’re enjoying it. Miss you too! See you in a few months!

  • Sharon Holbrook

    March 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Enjoyed, as always.

    • Chris

      March 23, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Thanks, my friend!

  • Joe C.

    March 24, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply

    I’ve wandered around Nassau for a day or two. Lots of great little places as yo have already seen. Love following your journey.

    • Chris

      March 24, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

      Thanks Joe!

  • Kathy Mercer Walden

    March 24, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply

    Another great story. Can’t wait for the next one. Love you guys and miss you.

    • Chris

      March 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm Reply

      Thanks! Love and miss you too!

  • Albert Trotter

    April 12, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

    how nicely you written your experience out there…all pictures are stunning but Paradise Island Bridge seems like heaven on earth..i wish i could go there once in a llike

    • Chris

      April 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

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