Dodging fronts

When a cold front hits the Northeast USA (think Polar Vortex), it eventually makes its way down to the Bahamas as a weather system.  We don’t get the snow, but clocking/high winds, temperature drops and rain are common.  

We enjoyed an usually calm week (underwater) in the southern Bahamas when this typical winter pattern soon kicked in, inhibiting our northward progress.  As weather systems loom north of us, they suck all of the wind out from below and we find ourselves in extreme calm wind conditions.  This is the prime time to get on the move and find a good anchorage with 360˚ protection from all wind directions.

For the first big front, we made our way to the Red Shanks anchorage in Great Exuma that we know remains flat calm in most of the worst conditions.  Wind gusts up to 35 knots and steady winds of 30 knots lasted for a couple of days ~ without much to do except make comfort food ~ until we were finally released from our hiding.


Anchoring back around Kidd Cove for a gorgeous day, we had to get off the boat after several days without touching land!  

We had a fun night out with friends Dave (missing Leslie… Texas Two Step), Chuck & Meagan (Independencia), Alan & Marita (Alley Cat) and Tom & Anita (Lone Star).  

It was a big kick to see Tom and Anita, our mooring neighbors for about 10 years in Groton CT and whom we haven’t seen in at least 10 years!  We were members of the same yacht club at Shennecosset, as was Chuck, a co-worker at Pfizer at the time.  

Even cooler is that Chuck and Anita were our crew members when we purchased our Manta 40 way back in 2003 for our delivery from Stuart FL back to Groton CT.  I found a few photos of that trip.  Really, 15 years‽  Time flies… what a reunion.


Flashback 2003:

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The next big front was on its way bound to hit the Abacos and Nassau hard.  

On cue, the winds were getting sucked into it so we took that opportunity to head to Long Island to visit friends.  

We couldn’t take our desired route back to the States yet due to the severity of the fronts in the northern Bahamas and off the coast of Florida.

We sailed for some time testing out the screecher until the winds disappeared mid-day.  

I love the views on days like these when you can’t even detect the horizon.  

Back in Long Island the front was very mild… despite appearances... compared to north of here.  


Oddly enough, for a fairly desert island there has been plentiful rain so far this week.

We are taking advantage of this time waiting on weather to catch up with our friends Cameron and Amanda.  On the reunion theme, we’ve known Cameron for over 10 years now ~ fast friends ever since our first meeting in Flamingo Cay ~ my how young (&  green) we were back then!

Memorable days are being spent with them out fishing, beach combing, doing projects here & there and sharing meals.  

They had at least three days of excellent fishing in a row, including a double hit of wahoo and even a double hook up of mahi on the same lure (!), resulting in an abundance of fish that was shared all around.





We ended the day with a boatful of fish!  Those wahoo make the mahi-mahi look small (plus a few ‘cudas for scraps).

For us, this is the perfect place to wait out these back-to-back fronts, looking for a three-plus day window that will take us directly to the States.  As you may have gathered by now, when on a mission we prefer that type of overnight passage-making to get right to where we want to be over multi-week island hopping.

© M&M 2019