We decided not to raise the sails. There was no way we were going to sail through Current Cut unless we had to. The entire trip was just under 15NM anyway so we motored across the Bight of Eleuthrea. Once on the lee shore of Northern Eleuthera by Glass Window Bridge we dropped anchor in 15’ of water along a soft, white, sand beach. The anchorage was calm and the water was crystal clear. There wasn’t a lot of reefs, coral, or sea life under us but the views were fantastic. Of course, when we were set we put Sophia in our tender for her walk along the beach and did some light exploring the first day.
The next day we beached the tender on Twin Sisters Beach and walked over to Glass Window Bridge to check out the sights and get some great pictures of the Atlantic Ocean crashing through the island. The present day bridge took the place of a natural rock bridge that was destroyed in a hurricane. When you are standing on the bridge you can see the stark contrast of the dark blue Atlantic Ocean on one side and the shimmering turquoise water of the Bight of Eleuthrea on the other. This isn’t the only beautiful site to see while you’re anchored off of Twin Sister’s Beach. The Queen’s Baths of Eleuthrea are on the windward side of the island just South of Glass Window Bridge. They are natural Atlantic Ocean pools that have been formed over the years by erosion from the crashing Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the Bath’s are filled with shells, small crustaceans, and even a few small fish will get temporarily trapped inside the pools as the tide goes out.
Other than the natural sites there isn’t much around this anchorage. There is a resort hotel on one of the points and a couple restaurants within walking distance. However, if you need provisions or parts you will need to travel a bit. Luckily, you’re literally on the only road North and South so hitching a ride shouldn’t be too hard.
After several days lounging in the sun with Unwritten Timeline seemingly floating in air in the clear water, we raised the anchor and headed South to Hatchet Bay. Hatchet Bay was originally just a little natural pond cut off from the open waters. Sometime after the first World War a retired English Officer decided to create the man made channel you see today so he could easily get quarried stone shipped off to projects around the Bahamas. We didn’t dive the anchor but the entire bay is listed as “fouled” in some references so anchor accordingly. The free tender dock is first rate, especially since it is a free dock. The only negative is that the local fishermen will sometimes tie their skiffs in such a way that one entire side of the dock is taken up by one small vessel and its mooring lines. One morning I honestly thought the dock was “closed” for some reason since one whole side was obstructed. After talking to some of the locals though it became clear this was just a normal practice so the local boats aren’t banging on the fixed dock while they’re away. Hatchet Bay and Alice Town have plenty of restaurants, and stores for light provisioning. They have several churches and even a clinic close to the tender dock. We explored the area a little. One day I walked North about 2 miles to the Hatchet Bay Cave. This is a small little cave, and was honestly a little disappointing. But, if you want to stretch your legs while visiting Hatchet Bay, it’s a nice little trip.
Soon we would be bouncing farther South Eleuthrea to Rock Sound.