Happy New Year!
03 January 2018 | Clarence Town Long Island
Boxing Day we left Palm Cay with sunny skies and calm seas. We took a path between the Yellow and White banks and avoided the coral heads that we had to dodge last year. We anchored at Highbourne Cay in crystal clear water with about 12 other boats. The sunset was fantastic.
December 27th we left Highbourne Cay at first light on our way to Warderick Wells. There were a few clouds around and a fresh breeze making for a very relaxing sail. We were watching a few clouds that appeared to be filling in and sure enough a squall hit with 20 knot winds on the nose. We dropped the sails but the squad was over almost as quickly as it began.
We arrived at the Warderick Wells North mooring field and took our assigned #11 mooring ball. This place is a must see as the mooring balls follow a line of deeper water with shallow waters on either side.
We took a hike to Boo Boo Hill.
The story of Boo Boo Hill is that a schooner sunk off the island many years ago and all souls onboard were lost. No bodies were recovered and it is told that when there is a full moon their ghosts gather on the hill and sing hymns. There are also blow holes in the rocks and when there is a strong wind and large waves the sound coming from the holes sounds like ‘BOO!”
We stayed at Warderick Wells two nights then left for Blackpoint Settlement. We anchored in the large bay then took the dinghy to Ida’s. This woman is amazing! She runs a first rate laundromat, store for snacks, boat supplies and souvenir tee shirts, plus she makes awesome conch fritters and cuts hair while your laundry is being done!
I went ashore for fritters while David cruised around in the dinghy. What he didn’t know was a shark was following him at every turn! The barely visible black spot behind the dinghy is the the shark.
When we left Blackpoint Settlement the tide was ebbing. We were moving from the Exuma Banks side of the Islands to the Atlantic Oceann side where the water is thousands of feet deep. As the tide ebbs going through the Cut was a real ride. We were motoring at about 5 knots and just as the cut narrows the tide increased and shot us like a slingshot out into steep 5’ waves. This is where the outgoing tide was meeting the ocean swells. It was a bit of a wild ride lasting about 10 minutes. Good thing all the hatches were closed because we had a very wet ride!
Once out of the cut we had nice gentle swells and a light air motor sail to Leaf Cay. We anchored closer to sundown and took a quick dinghy ride to see the Pink Iguanas.
Dec 31 we left Leaf Cay and motored to Emerald Bay Marina and took a slip for New Years Eve. It was so quiet we had lights out at 10 and only heard some mild cheering at midnight.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
We left New Years Day and crossed over to Cape Santa Maria on Long Island. Another exceptional bay, white sand beach, lush vegetation and a monument to Columbus just around the corner.
We moved on for a long day down to Clarence Town Long Island. We had planned to go to Rum Cay but there are reports the marina is closed from damaged. We couldn’t confirm so went to Clarence Town Instead.