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The trials and sailing tales of Denny & Diane
Hunter Gatherer
03/23/2008, Double Breasted, Jumentos

3-12-08 21.18.804"N: 75.46.024"W
Double Breasted Cay
We stayed overnight at Flamingo and decided we should carry on. So we sailed the 27 miles down to Nurse Cay. The conditions could not have been any better, the seas were just ahead of the beam and the winds were about 60 degrees off the nose, so the sail was a nice ride. We were on the bank side of the islands so no fish, except while crossing one of the cuts, Diane decided to catch a Barracuda, the size of her!!!!!!! The woman loves to fish!
Well we tuck in to a nice little cove with a beach and it is home for a day or two. The reefs are right behind us so the hunting is close by and productive!!!!
The biggest surprise of Nurse Cay is that there is a rooster, on the uninhabited island, along with a few goats. To hear a rooster crowing was a bit of a shock!!!!!!!!
After a couple of days at Nurse we decide to make the 12 mile trek down to either Johnson Cay, or Double Breasted Cay. As we approach " SV Slow Mocean" hales us lets us know that there is three boats at Johnson Cay, and for the Jumentos, that is a crowd. So we move on down to Double Breasted. It is as beautiful as a post card, with the bright aqua water, that is so clear it is like anchoring in air !!!!!!!!! "SV Slow Mocean" decides to come over and join us. Donna on ""So Fine Tooo" is absolutely amazed at the clarity of the water. We can see a string of squid that have made our anchor chain their new home.
The next day we all go out to do some snorkeling/ hunting! The reefs down here are just magnificent. Full of life and very much still alive!! I get a lobster, and Blake gets two nice snapper. So dinner plans are made for the evening. Sunny makes a very nice sweet and sour fish; Diane and Donna do the veggies, while the hunter gatherers kick back and await the feast for the kings.
Life is VERY VERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

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!!!!!!


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