Thanks to Billy Comeaux for this great shot taken at Fernandez Bay, Cat Island, Bahamas -perfect for those dreaming of being somewhere warmer!
When I looked astern and saw the islands disappear in a fog of clouds and rain I knew we were in for it. The breeze was up at 15 to 20 knots and we were broad reaching north between Waldron and Stuart Islands against an outgoing tide. About a half hour later the wind picked up and the heavy rain started. Of course, as we got near Patos Island–the northernmost island in the San Juan chain–the strong outgoing current started to stack up big waves at the mouth of the cove we were trying to enter.
For a second I thought that if conditions didn’t improve we’d have to move east to a harbor and anchorage that we had been to before, one that I knew I could get us into in this weather. We decided to wait it out instead, so I rolled in our headsail, turned on the engine and rounded up to keep us stationary at an angle to the waves. Then, just as fast as the squall came, it was gone and visibility improved enough to try the narrow, current-swept entrance. A weekend alone at Patos was worth the wait.
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