Swimming with the rays
23 April 2021 | Bimini
Gail Gordon | calm
25 33 N : 79 16 W South Cat Cay 4-22-21
Viento Azul is carrying a team of seven incredible people. We had a peaceful night heading off shore at 9:00 p.m. after seeing a sandbar up close and personal. Lesson -- keep your glasses on to read the chart. The night was peaceful, filled with stars diminishing into clouds until the magnificent sun came rising in a ball of fire! Cajun Captain Ron strummed his guitar throughout the night with Erin at his side. Night watch teams Caroline and Johanna kept us on course as Captain Ted and Michael tended to the sails, keeping us moving along and very comfortable. The seas were calm and in our favor. . .Our average speed was 7-8 knots with a high of 10.
By 8:30 a.m., we were anchored off of South Cat, which is filled with tall palms and beautiful homes. Our buddy boat, Adonai, with Captain Josh and Jami along with a crew of 14, was anchored next to us. Captain Ted and Josh went ashore to check us all in. The new-news is: there is an extra fee of $500 per boat applied to check in. This is an effort to discourage people from checking in to keep covid cases away. It is a good idea to always bring a big check book to the Bahamas because it is nearly as expensive as French Polynesia. There always seems to be a high price paid for beauty. Check-in was a success, but the covid policy requires a negative PCR test within 5 days and a visa. Be sure to bring a hard copy with you along with your other paperwork.
The sun shined all day with a light breeze. We motored over to Honeymoon Cay where wo large sharks came to greet us on arrival. When we jumped in to swim over to the island, the rays came to play. They appeared to enjoy being touched and behaved like happy cats. They felt soft like foam and very silky. The water was super clear and chilly, and the beaches were covered in white sand between the jagged coral rocks, the perfect setting for a delightful and thoroughly enjoyable day.
25 35 N : 79 18 W Honeymoon Cay 4-23-21
A quiet night aboard except for a snoring bear in the aft cabin; to protect the guilty, we will remain nameless! Morning arose with Erin and Mike diving in to a swim filled with trigger fish, sea stars, rays, sharks and a few sea urchins in between. Midday, the wind picked up in our favor so we pulled the anchor. Next stop was Bimini, which was a short sail away especially with wind 18-20, with our high speed clocking at 10.5, moving across a 2-3 foot sea. We dropped anchor at 3:30 p.m. We have even more sandy white beaches to explore before moving on in the morning. A superior day for all aboard.