Day 4 of the 2014 Migration started was a fantastic sail down to Little Harbour at the far south end of the Sea of Abaco. Weather forecasts made it look like we would have a hard beat up wind all the way to Little Harbour, but the Wind Gods cooperated and we ended up with a close reach almost all the way to the finish line with winds blowing 10-15 knots. Perfect conditions!
Now & Zen, True Colors, and Karma were 1, 2, 3 across the starting line and the order didn’t change through the entire race, even though Karma made a valiant effort to get below True Colors at the half way point. We thought the boats would have to motor through the narrowest part of the race as they passed between Lubbers Quarter and Tiloo Cay, but the wind stayed more east than south and all boats were able to sail through without having to tack or motor.
We were a bit worried that there would be room for all 12 boats in Little Harbour, but as it turned out, the owners of Pete’s Pub (and all the mooring balls in the harbor) were holding the moorings for us and even moved a few boats out so that we’d all have moorings when we arrived! It was quite a site to see Mantas take over almost the entire anchorage.
Of course, getting in to Little Harbour can be a bit of a challenge as John and Pat from New Moon II can attest. The channel is very narrow and the bar shifts often, causing many to run aground in areas that had plenty of water just months before.
We were settled in by 1:30-2:00 in the afternoon and that allowed plenty of time for exploring the area. Some found the bar, others found beautiful waters to snorkel in, and still others learned how to blow conk shells!
Sunset in Little Harbour was bitter sweet as we realized that the Migration would be coming to an end far too soon.