We heard that a hurricane sounded like a train. Not Dorian. With sustained winds of 185 mph and gust to 220 mph, it felt like we were in a war zone. That is the only thing I can compare it to.
Bottom Line: First Wave Made It
Other Bottom Line: We Made It
Summer in Abacos/Hurricane Chronology.
How Did We End Up in The Bahamas During Hurricane Season?
We set sail from The Keys to Bimini in April. We had a beautiful crossing, and were very excited about heading off to a new adventure. We arrived in the Bahamas in plenty of time to explore while sailing into the Abacos to work at Seabase for the summer.
Seabase is a High Adventure Boy Scout program based in Marsh Harbour. Our job was to be a part of a fleet of sailboats from May-August taking weekly sailing trips to explore the Abacos. Our trips varied based on weather and troop interests. In general, we visited Hopetown, Man O'War, Great Guana, Treasure Cay. We introduced the scouts the joy of sailing a catamaran, snorkeling, and exploring.
We have had so many fantastic summers, and this was one. We were not sure what to expect, but with Scott's scouting history, our love of sailing First Wave, the joy of being in such a beautiful area, and the desire to share with others, it was one of the best.
Meeting and spending time with these scouts (a new crew weekly for a total of 11), was more fun and intimate than I could have imagined. We created friendships and longterm relationships. The last crew departed on August 20th.
Dorian hit the Abacos on August 30th and we were there.