. We needed winds to be from the right direction and mild conditions or else the waves and breakers would become too dangerous. Our winds were NE 10-15 knots and the waves/rollers were 4-5'. It wasn't too bad and there were at least 30 boats transiting the passage. So we had lots of company rocking and rolling in the turquoise waters of the Abaco Sea. We anchored in Marsh Harbor at 1:30 pm.We were traveling with two other boats, Zippity Doo Dah, an Island Packet from Anchorage Alaska with Brenda and Art and Lattitudes, a Tartan 31 from Winnepeg with Linda and Noel aboard. We all got our dingys in the water and met at Snappas for seafood. The next day was our provisioning day. Motored ashore and walked to the local bank and Maxwell's a good sized supermarket. Now we've got our tote cart unfolded and filled with all the food and hiked back to the dingy dock. After unloading everything on the boat we returned to shore and the beverage store. Thursday, April 3 we went to town in search of WiFi and found it at Java, a neat coffee shop. Later we took the dingy to meet up with everyone on a beach called Mermaid Reef. The snorkeling here is supposed to be wonderful. At the dingy dock a woman asked us if we could take her to her boat because she locked her dingy but forgot to bring the key to unlock it. So she hopped in and introduced herself as Abba from France and her husband from Germany. They were sailing to Bermuda and then back to Europe where they spend 6 months at their home and then 6 months in the Bahamas.
Friday, April 4 we left Marsh Harbor at 9:30 a.m. bound for Treasure cay. It was a gorgeous day with a 10 knot breeze. We arrived a short 3 hours later and anchored in the harbor. We'll stay here a few days before heading to Hopetown.
The staff at Leeward Yacht Club & Marina in Green Turtle threw a cruiser appreciation party on Sunday before we left, by the pool with a live band, and free food and drinks. It was a magical time. The whole group that had been staying at the marina for 2 weeks just like us were there. We heard from friends Judy & Doug who were on their way back to Florida and we dingied over to where they were staying and met them for lunch. We also got a call from old friends Bud & Eileen on Sea Camp. They were anchored outside the entrance to Green Turtle so we dingied out to visit with them before they took off for Florida too. Our friends Dale & Mercedes from Ottawa were here at Leeward and we got together for dinner several times with them. It had been a couple years since we've seen then. They were with us on our very first trip to the Abacos. We left Green Turtle on Tuesday, March 25 with a good weather forecast bound for Marsh Harbor to provision at Maxwells. Our sail there involved sailing into the Atlantic through a narrow cut (known as the Whale Cay passage) for a few miles to avoid the shallows near Treasure Cay