BY AL JACOBS
Why is it that food
never tastes quite as
awesome as it does at
the end of a dramatic
WThe Current Cut is a deepwater, narrow divide through the north end of Eleuthera (left). The Jacobs’ boat,
Grace, at anchor.
Cheesy shrimp and
grits save the day.
T ) WELL, THIS IS A STORY ABOUT
eating. And boating. And I’m going to
start with the boating part, because
every boater worth his or her salt
knows that a good day on the water
only becomes a great day when it’s
finished off with a delicious meal. Am
I right? Here goes my tale.
Current is the name of the
Bahamian settlement, and Current
Cut is the turbulent channel in front
of it – its famous namesake, actually –
where the tide ebbs and floods like a
freight train in and out of the Bight of
Eleuthera. This can be a treacherous
place for those who arrive or leave
by boat. At the height of the flow, the
current can rush as fast as 10 knots
in a channel barely 100 yards wide.
As you pass through, there’s no room
for error as the water churns. Talk
about a tough place for keelboats. But
not for us. We’re on Grace, a 34-foot
Gemini catamaran with a shallow
draft, and she’d float in a heavy dew
if we asked her to.