Soldier Cay was lovely, but the weather changes every few days, and the protection at Soldier Cay was limited. So we set out for New Providence Island, just east of Nassau. For a change, this took us out over deep waters.
Nassau has a good port, but is a busy city that
doesn't interest us. So we found an anchorage just east. As we
approached, the wind strengthened a lot, but we nipped in the pass in
time to find our way through the shallows to a safe spot for the night.
next day, we set sail again eastward to the big island of Eleuthera and
well protected Hatchet Bay. It's unusual for the Bahamas, as it's
almost completely surrounded by high limestone banks with a narrow
opening. All day we sailed over 10-20 ft depths, which is mind boggling
to us, since the boat needs 7ft of water. After a really windy start, the wind died completely to a glassy calm. The water is so clear it was like motoring across a giant swimming pool. We could see starfish on the bottom as we passed.
[unable to upload photos now. will try again later]