Back to Georgetown
27 April 2016 | Georgetown
We moved from Hog Cay down to Southside Bay on Ragged Island for a couple of days of exploration and beach combing. We wanted to try to get better internet but were unsuccessful, but we did enjoy this beautiful place. There is an old bar ashore, now closed, with an airplane built into the roof. Nearby is also the airport, which is a paved airstrip and even is lighted. We were surprised at the infrastructure around Duncantown, many paved roads, an R/O water plant, and upscale homes by Bahamian standards.
We, after much thought have decided not to go south again this year for a multitude of reasons, including some small issues with the boat, boat insurance issues, and issues with my eyes which need to be checked out. With all that we started back north to Raccoon Cay. We found a great anchorage with three South African boats and spent a couple of days hiking around and swimming in the pristine water. We also had a wonderful Braii (BBQ) on the beach with all the South African folks.
From Raccoon we sailed up to Flamingo Cay, another jewel in the Jumentos crown. We hiked up to the top of the hill there, the highest in the area for a spectacular view of all the colors in the water, and Allegria in her special cove. We also walked a path across to the beach and found a small pond with the most amazing re shrimp living there. There is also a cave in the cliff there which we could drive the dinghy into, very cool.
It was back to Water Cay after that and some spectacular snorkeling. We saw some nice lobster, thumbing their noses at us since they are out of season, and many beautiful fish including nice grouper and hog fish. The coral seemed very healthy which was wonderful to see. After a couple of days we got an early start and motor sailed back to Georgetown for the Family Island Regatta. It’s the largest regatta in the Bahamas and people from all over the islands come to race the traditional Bahamian sloops, so we are looking forward to that.
I’ve posted some pictures in the gallery, so be sure to check them out.