Current Location: Conception Island Anchorage, Bahamas
Miles Traveled: 40
Weather: Mostly sunny, breezy (8-10 knots), low-80s
Highlights: Forecast called for winds to die down before noon today, and we had a 40-mile sail ahead of us, so we were up before dawn, raised main sail and anchor before 6AM, and cleared the Elizabeth Harbor channel just as the sun was peeking above the horizon. Had a great sail with 10-knot SE winds just off our beam most of the way. Wind died after we rounded the north end of Long Island, and we motor-sailed the last 2 hours, dropping anchor just after 1PM, averaging just under 6 knots for the trip. Conception Island is part of the national park system, so everything here is protected. The island has great snorkellng on the north end, and a mangrove creek that winds through the center of the island. Had lunch (lobster salad sandwiches - yummy!), then took the dinghy about 2 miles south to the mangrove creek entrance. Idled a couple of miles back into the island, seeing lots of turtles, birds, a few sting rays, and one nurse shark in the crystal clear water. Back to the boat around 4 for naps and reading before dinner (pork chops with green beans and apple sauce). No internet or phone service here, so we dug out a DVD movie (Oceans 8) to watch after dinner.