The Exuma Island chain, which starts about 30 miles SE of Nassau, is made up of hundreds of really small to some large Cays or Islands. The chain runs south about 100 miles to Great Exuma and Little Exuma Islands. They separate the Great Bahama Bank on the west side from the deep Exuma Sound on the east side. Another “crossing” (The Yellow Banks) accomplished on Thursday, Jan 29th for us and S/V Shinola. S/V Scout wasn’t so lucky, as they had to turn back due to a problem with their centerboard. S/V Sail Away headed out to Shroud Cay. S/V Moxie was anchored at Allen’s Cay early enough in the day to enjoy an dingy excursion to Leaf Cay to see the iguanas and to socialize with new friends whom Morgan met in Nassua, George and Cher, they are travelling from Maine on a restored wooden Mississippi schrimper, M/V Southern Grace. The next day we had the advantage of Morgan’s knowledge of the area when we picked up a ‘reserved’ mooring at The Exuma Sea Park (Warderick Wells Cay). S/V Sail Away was there too, and Ken and Jean shared some their knowledge with us. This was a delightful place with lots of socializing, we made the Sat night ‘cocktail’ party on the beach and joined the Super Bowl party at the home of one of the staff at the park. S/V Scout and crew were able to catch up with us there. We hiked up BooBoo Hill and left our boat’s name on a piece of driftwood in one of the piles. We saw the one Gil and Sharleen (S/V First Love) left, top notch!
We wanted to stay in this area, so the next day we lagged behind to have a beach day, anchored beside Bell’s Island, dingied over to The Sea Park’s dingy mooring, and then to a beach where we walked to Bell Rock. We met our neighbors , Joyce and Mike on an Irwin 38 ( S/V Elida Jo). Close by, Johny Depp’s Island was getting ready for a gathering-we got some pics of the tents put up the day before and noticed all the boats bringing in provisions and guests. The next day we motor sailed to Black Point, walked up to the village and got jugs of water, dropped off garbage and bought some BBQ meat ,fried fish, and fresh bread at Lorraine’s restaurant. Next day we sailed to Farmer’s Cay, a thriving and quite picturesque town. We visited the well known Ocean Cabin Restaurant and Bar for some beers and tried unsuccessfully to get some more data and minutes added to our phone card.
Spent the next couple of nights at the marina at Cave Cay with buddy boats, as there was a windy spell to wait out and we needed to get cleaned up and get off the boat for a bit. The wi-fi was not that good- so we will have to wait till we get to Georgetown to get this blog posted and do other internet chores. Was able to clean the inflatable dingy well there at the dock. We spent the next 2 nights at a small lagoon tucked into Rudder Key. We got ot to see the underwater Mermaid and Piano statue (off Rudder Cay) with our "lookie "bucket- which is a pail with a plexy- glass bottom. Will sail the 30 odd miles to Georgetown tomorrow, which will be a milestone for us. There should be well stocked stores, banks and a place to buy more phone time.
Jan 27-28/15 Nassau Yacht Haven, Nassau, Bahamas
Jan 29/15 Anchorage, Allen’s Cay, The Exumas
Jan 30-Feb 1/15 Various Moorings, Warderick Wells Cay, (Exumas Sea Park)
Feb 2/15 Anchorage, Bell Island, The Exumas
Feb 3/15 Anchorage, Black Point, The Exumas
Feb 4/15 Anchorage, Little Farmer’s Cay, The Exumas
Feb 5/15 Safe Harbour Marine, Cave Cay, The Exumas
Feb 7/15 Anchorage, Rudder Cay, The Exumas
Feb 9/15 Anchorage at Red Shanks, Elizabeth Harbour,
Great Exuma Island. (Georgetown)