A day at the beach
01/07/2009, Black Point, Great Guana Cay
January 6th... Black Point, Great Guana, Exmuas
In the morning we headed into the Laundromat which has a dock about 100 yards from our anchorage. While Kathy worked the clothes, I filled some water containers, got rid of the trash and then picked up Barry for a hike to the Baltelco office for some prepaid minutes for our cell. We stopped at Lorraine's to let her know that we had a group of about 8 for a late lunch.
When the laundry was finished we had a quick bite to eat and then were off for a beach walk with "Night Hawk", "Fine Lion", and "Draggin' Lady". It was a beach with Iguanas everywhere which was a little disconcerting. We took the dinghies out the cut into the sound to check out the current and then on our way pack explored a creek that worked its way through the mangroves back to the sound as well. It was reasonably close to town and there were a number of old derelict boats on the rocky shore line.
We had to leave the dinghies and walk the last 100 yards or so out to the sound to check out the junk that had washed up over the last few weeks. Finding no treasures, we headed back to the dinghies and the ride back to the boat.
After a short rest it was time to head in for lunch and the first internet access we'd seen in almost three weeks. It was about 4pm by the time we ate and 5 by the time we read all our emails.
We will try to write up some responses to our emails tonight and get them out tomorrow.
At 6pm the pre game came on and we listened to Gus and Will. We sat in the cockpit for the first half with a moon so bright that you could see the bottom of the bay as clear as day. It was a great evening...
From Lorraine's Cafe
01/06/2009, Black Point, Great Guana Cay
January 5th... White Bay to Black Point, Exumas
During the middle of the morning we weighed anchor and moved about a mile to some rocks and coral heads that we'd seen on our way into White Bay. We spent the remainder of the morning hunting for fish and lobsters. I was at a little disadvantage because we don't have a good enough dinghy anchor for diving in 10 to 14 feet of water. My choices are either to tie off Barry and Susan's dinghy or tie a line from our dinghy around my waist and haul it around.
Barry found a nice crab that I ended up shooting but for the most part he and Steve did the majority of the damage on lobsters. We did see lots of sharks and even skipped on a coral head because of them.
After a few hours, we returned to our boats weighed anchor again and sailed north 3 miles to Black Point where we anchored to get as much protection from the south west as possible. There is a front on its way that will probably roll us around for a while with west winds.....where we have no protection.
Susan came over to put together dinner plans...lobster, pasta, and a salad, and then we were off to dive the edges of Dotham cut which is to the north of our anchorage about a mile. The area is close to town as well as our anchorage, and is a popular place to snorkel. So it follows that we didn't see much of interest.
We returned about 3:30 to shower and put together dinner and then convened on "Fine Lion" for a lobster (and crab) feast.
As usual we watched some video before going to bed.
ps...The air temperature is around 82F most of the time and the water temp is 74F. The water is clear to 20 feet and the sky is usually blue with a few puffy clouds.
01/01/2009, White Point
January 4th, 2009 White Point, Great Guana, Exumas
We left Big Majors at about 8:30 with calm seas and blue skies heading south. Passing Black Point, we continued on a few miles to Isaac Bay. There are coral head here as well as some good rocks for fishing. .
We arrived at about 11:30 and were in the water by noon. On the first coral head we got one lobster and Barry killed a few lion fish. There was another lobster but he was so far under a rock that we couldn't get a spear in him. Lion fish are an invasive species with no predators and will soon take over the place. We saw a few last year and this year they are everywhere.
At the next spot we saw a nice grouper but they are out of season at this time so we let him go. Kathy and I found another head in deeper water where we got three more lobsters. While we were snorkeling "Fine Lion" pulled in and Steve and Kim were soon in the water.
After 3 hours of swimming I was pooped, so we returned to our boats and decided to go back north to White Bay for the night. In Isaac Bay there is about 3 inches of sand with rock underneath...not good for holding.
We hauled the anchor and furled both of our head sails for the 3 mile run. It was pleasant traveling at about 3 knots in the warm afternoon sun with no engine noise.
We anchored in White Bay where there is a great beach. Later the six of us met there for some wine and cheese. When we returned to the boat I used some of our canned beef to make beef and noodles. We also heated up some green beans and had a great dinner out of cans..