Warm in Georgetown01/12/2011
Just enough time for a quick location update; we are in Georgetown. We'll probably stay here for a while. Will have a chance to update the blog in more details soon.
Between the Majors01/09/2011
So, we head back to the Staniel Cay area; this time preparing for a cold front. Instead of anchoring west of Big Major (pig Beach) we opt for the much more protected anchorage "between the majors". This is a narrow but deep passage between two substantial islands with "near" 360 degree protection.
Back South Again01/09/2011
We somewhat reluctantly leave Cambridge Cay after two fantastic days of snorkelling and great weather. We shared this harbour with Audacious and only a couple of other boats; one being a large (130 foot) yacht. In addition to their various fun watercraft, they had a small airplane which they flew low over the various islands and cays. It was fun to wave to them as they buzzed along and around the cays.
Back North (a bit)01/08/2011
After several pleasant days in Staniel Cay, we head back up the Exuma chain to a place called Cambridge Cay. This is in the Exuma Land and Sea Park. There are Park moorings here and supposedly some great snorkling sites. It is a short sail back to this place but the entry from the Bank side is tricky. You have to skirt an island (Cay) called Bell Island. While it is within the territorial limits of the Park, it is privately owned; by the Aga Khan. In fact, there is a local controversy simmering because he has applied to dredge the channel and make a place for mega yachts and landing craft. Reportedly he flew the Minister of Environment to his place on his private helecopter and the press were critical of the perceived conflict the Minister put himself in by accepting the Aga Khans hospitality. à
Weather has settled down very nicely and we leave Wardrick Wells (Exuma Cay Land and Sea Pärk) to head to Staniel Cay. It is a 25 mile run and we get to sail some of it.
We left Allan's Cay for the modest hop of 30 or so miles to the Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park, more specifically, Wardrick Wells. This from their website, "Established in 1958, Exuma Park is one of 25 National Parks and Protected Areas managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Unique in the world, the Trust is believed to be the only non-profit, non-governmental agency mandated with management of a nationwide system of parks and protected areas. In 1986, The Bahamas National Trust established Exuma Park as a complete NO TAKE ZONE and marine protected area, the first in the wider Caribbean".
Preparing for Retirement Trip
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