Do We Stay or Go?
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
We spent a wonderful weekend waiting out stormy, windy weather at Great Harbor Cay Marina, meeting new friends and reviving old relationships, working on boat projects and enjoying a wonderful Sunday brunch with Deb and Paul, Tumi from the UK, at a boutique hotel not far down the beach. We spent three days at dock and two nights at anchor within the Cove of Five Pirates (we saw none). But it was time for the next adventure so we headed out on a calm sunny day to one of our favorite anchorages at the Hoffman-Devil Cays, still part of the Berry Island chain. Not yet used to watching the tides carefully, we arrived at the outer cay at exactly low tide, which meant we couldn't get past the 4 foot spot on our route into the anchorage. So we anchored in White Cay off a sandy beach to relax and enjoy the view until we had sufficient water to continue. While waiting we were visited by the crew of Water Music, a Hunter 49 from Deltaville VA, whom we had just met at GHCM.
At 4:30 we decided we needed to take our chance or we would soon run out of daylight. We had no problem getting past the skinny part and made our way to a spot off the southern tip of Devil Cay. It was just as we remembered it, endless clear blue-green water sparkled in the setting sun, the tree covered hills on the various cays protecting us from the Atlantic winds and surf. There were 6-8 boats at anchor throughout the area but none in our particular spot. We celebrated with wine and a dinner of freshly caught fish.
We planned to stay only one day and then take advantage of a calm day to cross to our next location, but listening the morning weather report we learned there would probably be another weather window next week. It is like that here.... There is always another day. It didn't take much to persuade us to stay, despite the warnings for strong winds between now and then. We moved Whisper to a more protected spot within the anchorage, then went on a dinghy ride to let Bill try his luck for more fish.