15 April 2016 | Hog Cay
We left Georgetown with the wind still in the 20 knot range, but fore cast to die down. We had a fast close reach southeast down past Little Exuma and Hog Cay and then the wind died as we turned south around the White Bank, a large area of shallow sand bars. As we cleared those and turned back east into what is known as the Comer Channel, the wind stayed light so we motor sailed. The Comer Channel is a natural area of relatively deeper water between two sand banks to allow deep draft boats to get south of Exuma and down to the Jumentos Cays. We cleared the banks and turned south again as the wind filled back in out of the Northeast. We pushed hard to get to Water Cay before dark and we anchored in the lee with a Bahamian conch fisherman. He and his crew came over to say hello and ask if we had any water to spare, as they had run out. We gave them a few gallons and wished them well, and then spent a peaceful night, having slain the dragon from our previous visit here. This was the place where our prop shaft fractured two years ago and we were fortunate enough to meet Mark and Karen of the trawler Paydirt who towed us back to Georgetown. The next day we had a nice sail to Buena Vista Cay, with a beautiful arc shaped beach. After anchoring we swam in for a walk o the beach to stretch our legs. There were no footprints and we were the only boat around. We had passed a few cays with a boat or two anchored but by and large there aren't a lot of people here now. The next morning found us heading further south to Hog Cay, where there is a large anchorage and it is a cruiser hangout, especially in the winter. There were a couple of boats here and a few more have arrived, but there is plenty of room. There is a small shelter ashore, built by the cruisers and it serves as a meeting place for everybody. It has the usual cruiser decorations and mementos and is a pretty cool place. There are also many trails on the island leading over to the ocean side and the place is full of wild goats. We've spent a couple of days exploring and beachcombing. We also have dinghied over to Ragged Island and Duncantown, the only community down here. We can get internet there through the cell phone and we were able to give Lisa a call. There is a local lady who bakes bread, Flo, so we ordered a loaf and went back over yesterday to pick it up. The mailboat was in yesterday so some limited supplies were available and we got a dozen eggs and a couple of tomatoes. The wind is supposed to blow hard for a couple of days so we'll probably relax here and then decide where to go next. I've taken a lot of pictures but can't share them until we get good internet. I have to post this by radio so when we can I'll get the pictures up as well.