Grounding and chicken drop
17 May 2018
This morning we motored the 10 short miles to Cayo Ambergris, another beautiful island 🌴 belonging to Belize, we were helped by (as Judy calls him) Captain Pugwash, a nice Belizean, who advised us to follow him along the inside of the reef, because it is so very shallow, about half way along he turned off towards the reef with his paying passengers. For the last mile or so our depth sounder was reading 0 metres 0 centimetres, below our keel, so I was on the bow keeping lookout for any obvious hazards, as we passed the town of San Pedro, we touched the sand and came to a gentle stop, luckily for us it was low tide so the skipper said we would lift off soon. We decided to stay here so I dropped the anchor. The main transportation on the island 🌴 is by golf buggy, there are hundreds of them, they even have a rush hour complete with traffic jams. We went into the town and were invited to join a rather silly game that involves a board about 3 metres square and divided into 100 squares, when all squares have been purchased they place a chicken 🐓 on the board then wait till it has a dump, whoever has the number that the chicken drops ☔️ on wins $50 but they have to clean the board before getting their hands on the cash. I didn't win because I didn't buy any tickets. Gotta be in it to win it 😂. We rented a golf buggy and went the 12km to the (not so) secret beach 🏖, it was a lovely place but full of people. The water was only waist deep for over a kilometre out to sea 🌊.
We upped anchor at 07:15 and sailed for Cozumel island 🌴 Mexico🇲🇽.