Bitten in the Bight of Acklins

After leaving Mayaguana, we sailed overnight with Ubiquitous to the Bight of Acklins.  As we arrived, we named it the world’s largest swimming pool as it is over 1,000 sq miles and generally between 3 and 10 ft deep. The water is as clear as it comes out of your faucet.

Bight of Acklins

Bight of Acklins

We anchored off Spring Point on Acklins Island and had good protection from winds from east to SSW.  Of course, we had a front pass while we were there.

Hurrah in the Bight of Acklins

Hurrah in the Bight of Acklins

There are ruins of an old settlement and a beautiful church on shore at Pompey bay.  We toured them one afternoon. I loved these windows and shutters.

Church, Pompey Bay, Acklins Island

Church, Pompey Bay, Acklins Island

Exploring in the ruined church at Pompey Bay, Acklins Island

Exploring in the ruined church at Pompey Bay, Acklins Island

Church, Pompey Bay, Ackins Island

Church, Pompey Bay, Ackins Island

 

Ruined House, Pompey Bay

Ruined House, Pompey Bay

Pompey Bay was also the site of one of the largest Lucayan villages.  There has been a lot of excavation.  We didn’t look too hard for it and didn’t see any of the result. Still, it’s interesting to see the spot they chose – protected from the large ocean swells and weather and right on the bight which must have been an especially productive fishing spot.

Just before sunset of our second night, we had a front pass.  It wasn’t a particularly strong front as far as these things go down here, but was still our first frontal passage in the Bahamas and provided some learning by doing.  Here’s the scene as the front arrived.

Frontal Passage, Acklins Island

Frontal Passage, Acklins Island

Within 5 minutes, the wind veered from WSW at 10 to N at 20-25.  We had a long night keeping an anchor watch since we had a lee shore and the bottom was absolutely terrible for anchoring with only a few inches of sand over a hard rock shelf.  Yes, all of this was in the forecast days in advance… You can see we picked well for riding out our first front. Still, Roxy served us well and held us all night.

 

 

 

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