Grand Cay Delights
19 April 2016 | Grand Cay, Bahamas
We have found something completely new and exciting here in the Bahamian outpost of Grand Cay. We just don't know yet what that "something" is.
We have been working our way here for over a month, turned back time and again by winds and fronts. A week ago, we were ignobly forced to double back 25nm, beating into 20kt winds, short-tacking between shoals to reach a safe anchorage ahead of an approaching front. Then on Sunday we had had enough. With winds remaining doggedly high and time running out on the season, we decided to push ourselves and our boat in a way we have not - at least not deliberately. We weighed anchor from Allans-Pensacola Cay, along with our friends in Brown-Eyed Girl, and took our boats out into winds that built to 30kt steady, with higher gusts. It was a wild sail with three reefs in the genoa, two in the mainsail. Aria was hurtling forward at over 7kts at times, rudder shuddering. We arrived at 1600, salty and exhausted with one final chore: Put Aria into a slip in a heavy crosswind. With a half-dozen bystanders watching, Tammy lassoed the windward pile like a pro, and we were done without even touching a fender. Now we could explore Grand Cay.
Yesterday was filled up with boat chores, including giving Aria a thorough washing despite the cost of water. I fixed our fresh water pump and Tammy put our floating home back in order in a way only she can. Wendy arranged a BYOB sundowner on the docks and about a dozen fellow cruisers materialized. The picture above was taken as the party wound down.
Today we will explore Grand Cay. I will write more about the island tomorrow.