The trip up to Governors Harbour began early on Monday 5 March. From the protection of Rock Sound we were soon out into the shallow and choppy bight of Eleuthera. We have depended a lot on the satellite weather system to give us an idea of the near term fronts, winds and seas. It is a big help in deciding when to move and when to stay. The trip up the coast found us with 20 knot winds on the quarter as we hugged the coast. Governors Harbour proved a little exposed and too many of the mooring balls were taken by fellow cruisers. After a turn of the harbor, we headed to an anchorage in the lee of Levy Island just north of the town . It was a good spot with a lot of deep sand on a bottom that was less than ten feet away in crystal clear water. We use the big "super max" anchor with all chain rode for almost all anchoring now. The other two anchors are more for short stays, as a second bow anchor (the CQR) or for grass (the Fortress). The max does as well in Bahamian sand as it does in the Chesapeake mud.
The dinghy went into the water and we set off for Governors. Had a nice lunch and found a good internet site at the local library. Returning to the beached dinghy at low tide with a load of groceries it was quite a haul to get her out and floating. We had the Levy Island anchorage to ourselves that night as the wind lay down quite nicely. Tuesday we rose early and covered the 60 Nm to Nassau by mid afternoon. Nassau is not our favorite port, because of the constant wind, heavy traffic and current between Paradise Island and the main island. We found a slip for the night at the crowded Yacht Haven. As Jean went off to explore, Bill changed out oil and filters on the diesels. The marine stores are the best stocked in the Bahamas and just a short walk away, so this was a good stop for minor maintenance jobs.
Our reservations at Atlantis took up on Wednesday afternoon and we found a comfortable slip near the hot tub at their Harborside Village condo complex. While soaking that evening in the tub, we talked to a couple from Maine that were staying there in a time-share. It sounded interesting and the next morning while waiting for Bill and Melissa's arrival, we sat thru the sales pitch. We began to see how a time-share might fit into our future and in a frenzy of impetuosity we signed up. And, to make it even better Bill was able to parlay the money they paid us to sit thru the session into a nice $700.00 gain on the tables that nite.
It didn't take Bill and Melissa long to change into suits and hit the water. In the year since we were last at Atlantis there has been a marked increase in the water works. They have added new chutes and long meandering rivers that gently roll along over a vast area of fresh water pools and slides. There seems to be something for young and old that involves fresh water. Also added is a pool where you can swim with the mammal dolphins and a spectacular aquarium, viewable from glass tunnels. The next three days we were wet more than dry and ate well at the various theme eateries. This time was made all the more special with the news that Melissa is expecting a baby in October. With Wende and Lee expecting their first this summer, Jean is beginning to get that "nesting" look in her eyes. Dad believes that the stay in the Chesapeake may be a little longer this year.
Our stay at Atlantis ran through Saturday 10 March and we used every waking moment to our advantage. The Starbucks run in the morning was the first order of the day and usually undertaken by son Bill and Jean. Fortified, we hit the waters and played as the sun shown. Dinners led to an early repose as we swapped the DVDs that the kids had brought with the ubiquitous copies of first runs that are available here in this island nation. All too soon the time arrived for us to move on to Eleuthera and the land of the original adventurers.