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“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”

—Emily Dickinson

Every year when I leave the Bahamas, there is both a sense of satisfaction in completing a successful cruise and a feeling of sadness in that I am leaving my favorite cruising ground. This year, the last few days in the Bahamas were certainly noteworthy.

We spent a few minutes with Steve Dodge, who authored the fabulous book, Cruising Guide to Abaco, Bahamas. As I mentioned in my self-published Bahamas Cruising Guide for 1st Timers, Steve’s guide is a must must have resource for anyone cruising the area... once you have mine, of course.

The white sand beaches of Double Breasted Cay.

The white sand beaches of Double Breasted Cay.

After some brief readings, we departed the Abacos for the Northern Bahamas Bank to visit Double Breasted Cay. This cay is deserted of people, yet full of beauty and solitude. It may, in my opinion, be the most beautiful anchorage in the entire Northern Bahamas chain.

On Double Breasted, the sand is a spectacular shade of white as the tide recedes, and the water is fabulously blue and clear. While it is a challenge to weave into Double Breasted Cay … it is well worth it.

Here, knowing the technique of Bahamian anchoring (an aft and forward anchor tied off at the bow of the boat) is vital. The anchorage is about 120 feet wide, so I could not allow Mud Puddle Rose to swing over a sand bar. That happened to me with Set Free, my Monk 36, years ago! The current here is strong, so I used a 10-to-1 scope on both anchors. Doing so allowed me to sleep peacefully at night, knowing Mud Puddle Rose would be off the sandbars.

Our incredibly calm crossing of the Gulf Stream.

Our incredibly calm crossing of the Gulf Stream.

Next up, we departed Double Breasted Cay for West End and enjoyed calm seas crossing from West End to the Fort Pierce Inlet.

We enjoyed The Moorings Yacht Club in Vero Beach, Florida, as we rested and provisioned for our trip up the ICW. We then traveled north on the Florida's section of the ICW, marveling at the magnificent homes, beautiful islands, and the friendly dolphins welcoming us back to U.S. Waters.

Sad to leave, good to be home.

Baci protecting us from the Dolphins welcoming us home.

Baci protecting us from the Dolphins welcoming us home.

Read more of Joe's blog here.

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