I was doing some research for our upcoming trek up the Exumas when Beckie gets here, when I ran across the following from SailBlogs.
For those of you at home who were following our passage from Fajardo last week, you might recall that as we passed Rum Cay we had decided not to got in and anchor in the dark. It was around midnight and the moon was hidden behind the clouds. The decision not to go in was simple. The lights on the chart were either nonexistent or the ones that were there, did not match the chart. It was safer to sail on til dawn.
The following is an example of why you don't go into strange places in the dark or how fast things can happen even in daylight
March 21, 2010:
We arrived in Rum Cay and stayed there for a few days. We were there sitting on Sapphire watching Second Wind, from Quebec, go out of the anchorage, then turn around and come back, then turn and go back out again. As we were watching we said, why is he heading for the reef, then "bang" he was on the reef. (Apparently his engine was heating up and he went below to check on it, with his jib up and no autopilot - dumb)We all went out with dinghies and one whaler and tried to pull him off. It was soon apparent that he was never coming off the reef. His keel was broken and his rudder was off and the boat was filling with water. Mario got all of his valuables off first, with the help of Sapphire, Fine Lion and Night Hawk taking what they could to shore, then he came back for a few more things. At this point he knew there was no hope and told the locals to help themselves - and boy they did. Very sad, but it shows how fast things can happen. Rum Cay has a lot of corals around it and you have to be very careful.
There but for the grace of G-D go I.....
My good friend, crew and dockmate Mike D. left a comment on this blog.
"Looks like a great place!
What has been your favorite so far and why?"
Mike, You asked a good question and one that I think deserves an answer.
The problem is, I think it would take more than a few words in this blog to be able to describe it all. Maybe over a Rum or two. You buying?
Since the beginning of this trip, every time I end up some place new, I have always asked myself "what make THIS place so special, what makes this place the place where people stay for long periods of time?". I think Don K. heard me say that when we got to George Town last week. Whats this place all about? Is this place just a pass though on the way to somewhere else or is it a destination?
The more I travel though out the Caribbean and now though the Bahamas, the answers are getting easier to find.
The locals make it a big part of the equation - whether they think the boaters are a pain in the butt and someone to be exploited (wow that is a role reversal) or do they welcome us as part of their community (Floriduh is a good example)
The sense of community the boaters have amongst themselves.
Obviously the weather.....
The difficulty in getting there.
The hassle of day to day living.... supplies, services, the anchor gonna hold? INTERNET!!??
And to tell the truth... your own reason for being "out there".
So, can I give you a list of places I have been to and list them in order of preference... I wish I could..... I have loved them all, but all for different reasons.... although I have to say that the BVI's are on the bottom of my list.
I probably didn't answer your question Mike, but that's OK, it will give me a reason to stop by and drink your Rum.
Don, Rick and Todd left early this morning. I shuffled them to the dock in the dark to meet up with Taxi 30 at 5:30 this morning.
We had a good time here even though the town was closed for the holidays. We did some exploring of the numerous beaches around George Town including Volleyball beach where the Chat and Chill is located.
Quite a cruising crowd here, well over 150 boats, most of which have been here all season. Many are passing though either going North or South like me, as the season winds down.
I am starting to get a sense of what the attraction is here. The town folk are very friendly and love having the boaters here. The boaters pitch in and do community projects. It's a very nice relaxed atmosphere here.
After I get the boat put back together, cleaned and the laundry done, I can do some exploring on my own.
But after having the guys aboard for 10 days it seems a little empty and a little quiet around here