31 March 2016 | Shroud Cay
We decided to stay another day in Bimini as the wind didn't lay down until late. We had a good walk around town and down towards the new resort and casino. We didn't make it all the way down there, but close enough to know we didn't want to see any more of it. We bought some coconut bread and retired to the boat, where Molly fixed up a great Easter ham with all the trimmings. We left early the next morning and went south towards Cat Cay and then east across the backs. We had a great sail until the late afternoon when the wind died and we motor sailed on to the Northwest passage mark. We came up on it just after dark and turned toward New Providence. The wind stayed light and on the nose, so we motor sailed overnight and were off the southwest tip of New Providence at dawn. We passed and new fancy marina resort called Albany Marina, which had a lighted entry (very unusual for the Bahamas) and all the lights were coordinated so it looked like a landing strip. They had installed a similar one at Coral Bay. We then took up a heading for Shroud Cay and arrived at around 4 PM. When we were here in the 90's we were the only boat around. This time we joined 7 megayachts and 12 smaller boats anchored around the island. We found a spot away from the madding crown and settled in. Earlier in the morning, Molly noticed a stowaway on the deck. A pigeon had joined us somewhere in the night, probably from New Providence. He looked ill, but eventually joined us in the cockpit and after some water and bread he perked right up and began to make himself at home. He was obviously a pet because he had absolutely no fear of us. He had bands on his feet but the markings were just numbers. He began to wear out his welcome when he began to poop all over the place and Molly relegated him to the deck again. He tried and tried to rejoin us in the cockpit, but Molly stood fast. When we arrived at Shroud, it was time for him to go and Molly sent him on his way, although he tried to return a few times. He finally flew to the island and hopefully will find his way back home. We have enjoyed seeing the Tropic birds doing their aerial mating dance. They fly around in pairs with their long tails flowing in the wind, and the blue from the water reflects off their white bellies, giving them a turquoise color. It's a beautiful sight. We also dinghied over to the other side of the island, through the creeks, to the beach. Another beautiful site, but unfortunately it was staked out by some of the beautiful people on the big yachts. Today we'll head down to Staniel Cay and see if we can get a phone card and some provisions before the weekend.