March 8, 2011.
I woke at 0600 to a bit of favorable breeze. The wind was due to die during the day so we might as well take advantage of whats out there.
We were able to motorsail for the first 20 miles before turning into the Comer Channel.
The Comer Channel is a 15 mile long stretch of shallow water across the Bahama Banks. We arrived right at high tide which takes a lot of the angst out of crossing the Comer. We’ve done the Comer at dead low tide in the past and it can be a bit disconcerting to be plowing along for mile after mile with less than a foot of water under the keel. Theres no visual piloting as the bottom as far as the eye can see is a constant whitish blue. You just have to trust your charts and hope nothing has changed.
Birds here are surprisingly rare so it was an event for us to be shadowed by what we believe to be an Osprey.
As we approached Thompson Bay we were greeted by a small pod of dolphins who came to play in our bow wake for a moment before moving on.