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The welcome sign at Green Turtle’s public dock. The spiny lobster fishing boat, Bahamas Seas, is in the background.

Voyage of Rhombus 2018 – Leg 8

The Whale, Green Turtle and Home By Fred Braman

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panish Wells, Cape Eleuthera, The Island School, Hope Town and the Great Sand Banks—all magic memories of a wonderful country. Crew Steve DiFranco and I hated to see it all end, but we wanted to avoid the summer storm season, and we were both feeling the tug of family and grandchildren. So on June 4, we left our berth in Treasure Cay in the Abacos and headed east toward Whale Cay, enjoying the beautiful and bright aquamarine Sandy Banks one last time. On past trips I considered crossing the Great Sand Banks instead of circling them and making the sometimes-treacherous trip into the Atlantic Ocean. The objective would be to avoid the beam-to, oncoming-seas turn required in traversing the Whale Cay Channel. The banks route is also a lot shorter. Steve Dodge illustrates the preferred route across the banks in The Cruising Guide to

Abaco, Bahamas—and on paper, Rhombus should be able to do it. However, I was always dissuaded by one named waypoint on the route, “Don’t Go There Rock”—possibly the most prescriptive of all geographical place names in a country filled with such warnings. There must have been a history lesson there, and I wasn’t keen on being another chapter. So, around the “Whale” it was and it always has been my chosen route. Although our departure from Treasure Cay was bittersweet, we still had a great sail ahead of us and a few-days port visit at our all-time favorite cruising stop, Green Turtle Cay. We had a perfect “Whale day,” and the channel was very busy with boats traveling in both directions. The port turn towards the oncoming seas was gentle, and we soon had wind and waves comfortably on the quarter. Once

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