Marsh Harbour to Manjack Cay
23 January 2012
Today we were REAL sailors. We actually put up the main and jib and sailed 4.5 hours back again through the Whale passage to Manjack Cay. In 1997 Bruce met the only people living on the island, Bill and Leslie, and was curious if they still lived there. We dinked over to a dock (it has a sign that says “Please Trespass”) and were pleased to discover that they still lived there and in the interim had built a beautiful home, gardens (traditional and hydroponic) and docks that wind through the mangroves. Bill had three goals in life – one was to live on an island, two was to own a Bahamian sloop and the third neither he nor Bruce can remember!! Bill laughed, and said he would try to remember the third one! They gave us a tour, showing us their above ground swimming pool where they catch water for their gardening. 1” of rain = 4,000 gallons of water. The story of the sloop: Bill bought a sunken Bahamian Sloop, but realized that he would not be able to restore it, so when Bruce visited in 1997 he and another cruiser removed 900 pounds of lead ballast from it for him. Bill showed us the beautiful artwork that he had traded for the ballast!