Week 12: Governors Harbour and Rock Sound

With a forecast that called for a couple of squally cold fronts to roll across Eleuthera this week, we hopscotched from the protected waters of Hatchet Bay to Governors Harbour and then on to Rock Sound, a larger, protected harbor near the southern tip of this 110-mile long, skinny island.

We spent two nights in Governors Harbour, enjoying a Friday Night Fish Fry along the waterfront followed by a Saturday morning filled with boat chores and a nice afternoon stroll about town.

Allan and Melody on boat ramp
Allan and our friend Melody, of SV Moorglade, on the Governor’s Harbour boat ramp. The shades of turquoise in the water never cease to thrill.
Cornerwall House
The Cornerwall House, a vacation rental built in 1850, overlooks Governors Harbour and has a modern infinity pool…
Morris convertible
A vintage Morris convertible caught our eye on a walk around Governors Harbour.
Cutouts on a gate
Loved the palm and pineapple cut outs on this gate in Governors Harbour.

The arrival of some swell at Governors Harbour was our cue to hoist anchor and head south to Rock Sound first thing on Sunday.

Jerry cans on deck carry extra diesel for Vinyasa’s engine and gasoline for the dinghy’s outboard.

One of the significant differences from living aboard at our former homeport marina and cruising, is that we never know exactly what to expect as we move about.

The east anchorage at Rock Sound.

We spent Sunday night in the east anchorage at Rock Sound, realizing after sunset that we were too close to the path used by the large mail and supply barges to get to the Government Dock. Allan spent much of the night on high alert, and at first light we moved across the sound to the west anchorage, which had even better protection from the prevailing wind and chop.

Squarely in the plus side of our cruising experience, is enjoying meeting new people, whether cruisers or locals. We met Mike and Melody on SV Moorglade in Spanish Wells, and we’ve been landing in the same anchorages ever since.

Checking out Rock Sound with Melody and Mike.

Weather rules all, and dictates whether we can go exploring or need to stay on the boat – or move the boat.

Enjoying the beauty of Ocean Hole, a 600-foot deep inland limestone pool.
Years ago, a local fisherman stocked the Ocean Hole with several kind of snapper, angelfish, and more. They swim up to the wall of the viewing platform hoping to be fed.
Exploring deserted beaches by dinghy.

Things that are done quickly when living on land, such as laundry or grocery shopping/provisioning – if and when fresh food is available for purchase – consume much more of our time while cruising, but each meal is much appreciated and our days – for the most part – flow smoothly into each other.

The lifelines do double-duty on laundry days aboard Vinyasa.

In a few days, we’ll move south to the Exumas, which will surely challenge us in new ways, and hopefully also yield new delights. More about that next week – if we have a signal to post!

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