Friday, March 9, 2018
10 March 2018 | Green Turtle Club & Marina
Passage Treasure Cay Marina - Green Turtle Club, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, BS
17 NM 3.8 Engine Hours
11:32 AM Underway
1:46 PM Anchored No Name Cay
3:16 PM Underway
4:05 PM Docked - stern in, port side to, slip 34 Green Turtle Club Marina
Today it was calm enough to venture out around the whale passage and head to Green Turtle Cay. By getting to Green Turtle Cay we have no real bad areas of the Bahamas left before we head back across the Atlantic. We also have reviewed the weather and there are no forecasted windows to cross back to the USA.
We decided the wind and waves were down to get around the “whale” as they say. This means going out of the Sea of Abaco into the Atlantic for a couple miles and then coming back into the Sea of Abaco. Most all of the Abaco islands have protected barrier reefs. But the Whale Cay does not. It is wide open to the North Atlantic. So, much larger swells roll in here. And, you have to cross with the swells hitting you broadside. Today the swells were not breaking and were about 15 seconds apart. Mixed in we had some light chop from the North. Liquid Therapy and the crew took this all in stride and it was amazingly beautiful out there seeing the Atlantic blue color. Coming in the Green Turtle Cay side we had the swells, that ranged 4-6ft in size pushing us back into the sea of Abaco. Again the swells were not breaking and were so far apart that the boat just rose up and down, quite a fun experience.
Before we docked at Green Turtle Club we had to stop at “No Name Cay” as we had in 2012. In 2012 we were the only boat anchored at this uninhabited cay right next to the Whale Cay. Except for when we took the dingy ashore in 2012 pigs swam out to great us! They actually tried to get into the dingy. Would they still be there? Oh, yes they were and they have become a tourist destination with several boats anchored and visiting the pigs. Before we went to the beach Susan and I took Carter up into this lagoon that is only accessible at high tide in the dinghy. We had seen so many sea starfish https://www.thoughtco.com/facts-about-sea-stars-2291865 . They are different from the typical starfish. We had seen some beautiful sea stars in 2012 and wanted to take a look this trip. We crossed the bar into the lagoon but sadly the wind was disturbing the surface so that we didn’t have a clear view of the bottom. The other times we went inside the lagoon it was like being inside an aquarium. We saw one sea starfish. But the disturbed surface of the water made it hard to see. We then exited the lagoon and it was just a short ride along the beach before we landed the dingy ashore to visit the pigs. And, they were there and friendly as 2012. This short video is from our encounter in 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjwSmtGvwEM . We had much fun and there was a tour going on with several people. We found out there were about 40 pigs on the island and they were not protected, fed and watered. They were pretty desperate for food when we were there in 2012.
Today’s picture is Susan and me,, and some of the pigs.