So much for catching up on some much needed rest! The wind screamed through the anchorage and the tides came and went with a powerful surge and current. The boat was constantly in motion and it was none too gentle. We spent a rough night checking to make sure we didn’t or our neighbors didn’t drag anchor. Around 4:00 am, I started hearing noises coming from the anchor chain. Since we are on a bridle system, we shouldn’t hear the chain. I instantly popped awake and announced that I heard the anchor chain. We popped our heads out the hatch and everything looked okay, so we tried to go back to sleep. I continued to hear anchor chain noises throughout the wee hours. On Dave’s last physical check, just before daybreak, we appeared to be right on top of the boat behind us. Dave asked me to take a look and we agreed we needed to reset the anchor.
At the bow, I saw that the bridle had wrapped around and around the anchor chain somehow, fouling the chain, pulling the anchor up, and leaving the anchor on top of the sand. We were lucky nothing worse happened. Next time we hear anchor chain noises, you can bet that we will be physically checking the status of chain and bridle! Since we necessarily had to raise the anchor completely, we scouted around for a better position. Finding none, we dropped the anchor back at the outskirts of the anchorage – in all the wind and current. I kept watch all morning while Dave tried to get some sleep.
I asked mom if she got any sleep and found it was a unanimously rough and sleepless night. Dave had it! He asked me to call Highborne Cay Marina and see if we could secure a slip for a couple nights – We heard the weather report on the VHF calling for two more fronts that would come together, giving us more rough conditions for at least two nights. At 1:00 pm, we got the confirmation that a slip for two night was confirmed and ready. I woke Dave up and we motored in 20-25 knot winds and 7 foot seas for the 5 miles to get to the marina. It was a little scary out there, but now that we are tied up to the dock, we can rest easy.
We ate a wonderful lobster dinner, drank some tasty wine, and now I am ready for some sleep myself. We’d rather be at anchor, but we need a much more protected anchorage in order to relax. I still hope to go back and visit the iguanas!