A Sweet Find
05 February 2010 | Frazer's Hog Cay, Berry Islands
Beth / last night E20kn, today SE20, 78F
With some significant weather coming our way we, along with Ramha, decided to motor 5 miles around the corner to the mooring balls at the Berry Islands Club - up the channel to the east of Frazer's Hog Cay. Once again, we chose high tide as our time to go and met with no difficulties with depth. The dark water channel between the shore and the shoal off to starboard allowed lots of room to travel safely.
En route, we met a boat leaving (they were worried about the quality of the moorings) but we opted to check them out and we are very glad we did. This is a lovely little area, well protected from the west, and not bad from every other angle except south because of the shoal areas and Whale Island on the East. Ramha and Madcap are the only two boats here (at noon) although we hear on the radio that others are joining us today. The wind just howled around us last night, and we had some bounce but it was nothing too alarming, and the security of being on a $15. mooring ball is delightful. Our good friend, Alain, got out his trusty wrench and some ties and tightened and secured the shackles in both his and our mooring balls last evening. They are all new - there are 8 or 10 of them with new floating lines. Madcap weighs almost 2000 lbs and with the wind over 20 knots all last night we are putting a mighty strain on it - with no trouble (so far, at least!) Yeah!
Lincoln, at the Berry Islands Club, is our genial host and, when asked about registering, said, "No worries man". So we are here till Sunday at least, and maybe Monday.
We took a walk down the road yesterday, finding an area to wade in the water on the west side. The water is lovely for swimming right off the boat - except right now I'd need to hang onto a line to keep from being swept too far away in the current - and there is a little sandy beach just down the channel a bit that begs exploration when the wind moves to the west and it is not such a wet ride to get there. The four of us had an enjoyable chat with Harry - a caretaker on Whale Cay - who invited us to come over there some time and he'll show us around.
Judy caught a fish last night; Jim has been trying with no success yet so I took some pork out of the freezer just in case. I'll make a pot of Bahamian Peas'n'Rice and we'll have a feast tonight.
Other than the attractive but simple building here, there is not much happening on Frazer's Hog Cay. No nightclubs, shops, tourist traps. Just rocks and mangroves and blue-green water and nice folks. Mmmmmm, Bahamas!