Again, I want to thank everyone for their input to my thread question. Here is what we ended up doing:
WE left Biscayne Bay at 7:30 am for N. Rock. The sea conditions were waves at 7 feet from the NE in the beginning then coming at us SE by the end of the day when they had built to 7-9 feet and the intervals were fairly close together making for a lot of crashing into the waves but not necessarily a bad motion for our boat
which is 50 ft. The wind
was SE at 20 knots and I was reluctant to head
out but the captain
said "let's try and hour or two and see what it's like". This is his usual "stick our nose out" ploy and somehow it keeps working on me. Maybe I'm a slow learner! We both also felt like the wind
would clock around to S and SW as predicted, which it didn't. Also the wind was predicted to decrease by about 2pm, which it did at 8pm instead. As we rounded N. Rock I was really looking forward to the seas and winds decreasing which they did but not until 8 pm. My biggest fear was the front would catch up with us. Anyway, we ran the banks at night. I have been to the Abacos for many years and have never done this so it was a bit out of my comfort zone especially when the winds were still at 20 knots but they finally did lay down and we reached NW channel light , which is not really there but just a waypoint, at about 2pm. We anchored on the bank as we were exhausted and needed some sleep. We were well north of the traveled waypoints and were able to watch other boats run by us but well out of range. We also put out several lights and I did a bit of night watch to check for the mail boats. It was great! So calm and void of anything way out there in complete blackness. I really liked it. At 7am we picked up anchor
sailed to Chub Cay and pulled into the marina. I know it is expensive but the forecast
is for 25 knots of N-NE WEd pm and Thurs and we didnt want to be up all night with the poor holding. Maybe we could have made Nassau
but I was pooped!
Was I glad we left when we did? Yes and No, but mostly yes because now we are in the Bahamas!!!