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The trials and sailing tales of Denny & Diane
03/23/2008, Water Cay

03-06-08 23 01.75'N : 75 43.02'W
Water Cay
Well after a week in Georgetown we have had enough of the city life. There are about 300 boats in the harbor and everyone is getting ready for the cruiser's regatta. So that means it is time for us to clear out!!!! ?. "S/V So Fine Tooo" is now in Georgetown with us so the cruising team is back together. Lou and Donna are just a hoot to be around and when we are together we just seem to laugh a lot.
They want to see the Jumentos, so off we go south. To go through the Hog Cay Cut it is important to have a high slack tide or at least go through it on a rising tide. Well the tide is high at 0500 and 1700 so either time just doesn't work. So we sail down during the day and anchor off of Little Exuma then go through the cut the next morning. No problems with the cut, so we have a nice day of sailing the 28 miles down here to Water Cay.
It is a bit crowded here as there is one other boat besides us! You just gotta love the Jumentos!!
03-09-08 22 52.42'N: 75 52.11'W
Flamingo Cay
The weather was suppose to change with a front coming through so we decided to hang out at Water for a bit, and see the sights. The weather front never really formed, as everything stalled out north and west of us. But it did bring four other boats to the anchorage. As Water Cay is the only northerly protection for quite a distance! But it did give us a chance to do some REALLY nice snorkeling. We went to a "Blue Hole" and the surrounding reef was just beautiful. It had multitudes of fish, and more trigger fish than I have ever seen. Diane and I drifted around for hours!
Another boat from the anchorage, "SV Brickhouse" was able to get a couple of fish and some conch, so dinner was scheduled at our boat!!!!! Well plenty of lies were told and a good time was had by all.
Today we decide to move a bit south, so we head down the 12 or so miles to Flamingo Cay. "SV Slow Mocean" is anchored here also. SO we take the small cove south of them. We do our dingy patrols and explore the cave and beaches. There is a beautiful anchorage in the north end, maybe next time. It is very nice here, we have a nice dinner with 'SV So Fine Tooo" and another beautiful day ends!!!!!!

Wonderful Day of Sailing
02/26/2008, Flamingo Bay, Rum Cay

2/26/2008 23 40.84"N: 74 56.15W San Salvador to Flamingo Bay
After another swelly night in Cockburn Town, Rumtum and we decide it is time to head for Flamingo Bay. It is at the northwest end of Rum Cay. The winds are forecast for 10-15 and calming down, later in the day. The sea state is 4-6 swells with an eight second interval. As usual the forecast is off a bit?. The winds are a steady18-20 with an occasional 25 gust. The seas are out of the southeast but 6-8 with a 10 mixed in. All this made for a fantastic close reach sail with the seas just aft of the beam. We averaged, point to point, 7.5 knts, with a top speed of 10.4. From time to time RumTum would disappear in the trough except for the deck and sails.
Naturally we were fishing, and about 5 miles out a massive dolphin, (mahi mahi), hits the cedar plug. But at 9 knts it hit him pretty hard. He jumped three times then threw the plug high in the air and was gone. When I reeled the plug in he had actually hit the cedar plug hard enough to split it into two pieces. Exciting but no fish to claim as our own.
We work our way into Flamingo Bay going between many patch reefs and small heads and drop the hook in a small sandy spot. This place is absolutely gorgeous. It has a nice beach, and more coral reefs than you could explore in a month. There are four other boats that came in after us, but no crowding here. They also reported getting a couple of nice lobsters and some groupers off the reefs. So all is well in our small world

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