“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach” Tony Robbins

While we get little sympathy when we say it, cruising life can be exhausting. One thing that contributes to this exhaustion is the sheer number of decisions we must make. A case in point: our 50 nautical mile passage from Spanish Wells off Eleuthera to Little Harbor, on Grand Abaco.  As is common, we faced a weather window.  A couple of days between fronts would provide relatively calm weather to move.  Two factors complicated our decision, however.  First, the forecast included thunderstorms with high winds and lightning.  A lightning strike could render our electronic systems, including navigation, useless.  Second, extreme currents, called Rages, at times made impassable the entrance from the Atlantic Ocean to the protected waters inside the Abaco island chain.  If we mistimed the currents we could be stuck overnight outside the entrance waiting for the next tide.  The delay could bump us into the lightning storm time frame.  Just as we were comfortable with our calculations and casting off from our dock, a new vessel arrived with bad news.  They were planning a similar passage and had poked their bow out into the passage, only to conclude the conditions were too rough.  After considering our options, we decided to venture out.  We too concluded to wait a day or two to make the passage and tucked up behind a small island where we could watch the squall while riding at anchor in relative comfort.  Winds topping 28 knots drove rain past Elizabeth Jean as lightning knitted the skies above Spanish Wells.  Two days later,  the front gone, our faithful Perkins chugged the fifty miles on placid Atlantic waters and Elizabeth Jean entered Little Harbor Cut on a favorable tide without incident.  Our Abaco exploration was about to begin.

 

 

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One thought on ““Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach” Tony Robbins

  1. Good lesson on sailing and life.

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