1/31/08 23 57.563'N: 76 19.827W
Well the decision was made to make it to the Farmers Cay First Friday in February Festival, or the 5 Fs party. So we pulled the anchor and headed out of "Pipe Creek". I had laid out a route for us to exit with, but Xanadu left first so I decided to just follow them out. Wellllllll again I followed someone right up on a rock bar! It did a bit of damage to the rudder but nothing serious. We finally go out the way I had planned and had a great sail down to "Little Farmers Cay". The winds were 15-20 but about 50 degrees off the nose so it was a great ride down.
2/4/08 N23 38.220 W75 54.853
Well we have made it back to our favorite marina, Emerald Bay. The festivities were fun at Farmers Cay, and we enjoyed the races to the max. Some how unknowingly I anchored on the finish line, so needless to say we had good seats. We wondered around Little Farmers Cay, ate some of the local food offerings, and basically just enjoyed a couple of days hagnin out.
On Saturday we made the run out around the Pimlicos and into Lee Stocking Research center for the night. We are still traveling with "Xanadu" and have had a blast. Jim said I make him a bit nervous with some of the places I go. I guess I am a bit more daring with depth than he is!
Luckily they gave us some fuel and food as we were running a bit short on both!!! Jim and Dorrel are an absolute hoot!!!
We then went down to Rat Cay and dingied over to Boysie Cay, and watched the "blow holes " scare Diane, as we did not tell her about them. And yes it did scare the poo out of her!
Then this morning we went inside down to "Glass Cay" then outside and down to Emerald Bay Marina.
So here we are till Wednesday at least!!!!!
1/26/2008 N24 22.393 W76 36.839
We spent two days exploring the creeks and beaches of Shroud Cay. And had snacks with "Rum Tum Tiger", Craig and Mary are very sweet, and hopefully we will be spending more time with them. Also while enjoying a great sunset we did see a very good "Green Flash", the first of the season for us!!!!!!!!!!!
It is the 25, Craig and Mary head for Cat Island and we head for Hawksbill Cay. It is a beautiful island with a great beach which we can get within 25 yards of. We have great protection from the North and East so it is very calm and a nice spot to hang out! Hawksbill is one of, if not the, most beautiful island of the Exumas chain
The weather forecast is calling for a strong front to come through on Sunday, with strong westerlies. The only spot with protection from the west, that is close, is the southern anchorage at Wardwick Wells Cay. It is located between Hog Cay and Wardwick Wells' southern end. So that will be our next destination!
It is a great sail down to Wardwick Wells, and out of the cut, the only problem was the tide opposing the seas, so it bounced us around pretty good! But the short trip from there down to the anchorage is nice and the anchorage is really nice. Great protection from all directions, so the Admiral and I settle in for a couple of days of hanging on a mooring ball.
The trip is going very well and we are both having a blast and enjoying the freedom and stress lees life to the max
1/23/08 position 24 32.384'N: 76 47.866'W
Well it was a few days from hell!! We are not big fans of Nassau anyway, but the last few days really sucked. We dragged our anchor every time the tide changed. . The wind was 25-30 knots out of the NNE mixed with off and on rain! When the tide switched, we would be broadside to the waves, (2-3' standing wave, wind opposing current), coming down the channel, which made us roll side to side. Not any fun at all!!!!!!!!
We reset over and over, we even tried a stern anchor, and it dragged. The tide change was naturally in the middle of the night, so anchor watches every night, all night. And we were literally 50 feet out of the channel. So large, not huge, freighters and tugboats would come by within 20 feet, wave at us, and smile.
Now finally the weather changed and we headed for Shroud Cay, the winds were light and on the nose, so it was a motor run all day. But that gave us a chance to make enough water to fill all the tanks, while under way! All the while, decompressing from the stress of bad weather and big city hustle and bustle, and watching the water get clearer and clearer.
Shroud is beautiful, shallow with, deep sand bottom, and very quiet! Shroud is the northern boundary of the Exuma Land and Sea Park. SO no fishing or hunting but lots of beaching and exploring. The interior is all mangroves laced with creeks, while the east side is Atlantic beaches with reefs, so all is VERY WELL!!!!!!!!!!