Thursday, 27 June 2013

The last month April - May

April 25th
Position 24 13 N 75 24 W
Had a great sail to Fernandez Bay, it's private resort so you have to ask permission to go ashore with the dinghy. We just enjoyed the peace and quiet on the boat, didn’t see a soul. 

Cat Island, no trips ashore no pics as posting pics of yet another beach would probably bore you all.

April 26th.

Little San Salvador West Bay renamed by the cruise liner companies, Half Moon Bay. Again the spot is idyllic if you could flatten the purpose built garish coloured cabins and silly looking old galleon for the tourists. Having said that all we saw were machines sweeping the sand ready for the arrival of another ugly floating monster with people. We were so lucky to have this place to ourselves and snorkel on a patch of reef and saw a few sunfish in the crystal clear water. This is a tiny island the cruise ships are bigger than the island. 

Carnival Splendor
Sunrise 6:30
27th April 24 10N 76 27W
We left Little San Salvador immediately after the arrival of the cruise liner “Carnival Splendor” we had to wait for the boats which collect the tourists go to the liner that was anchored behind us. Oh boy we wish we had left an hour or so earlier but that would have been in the dark. 
So off we go sailing downwind big red flying making good speed but the swell was a bit of a pain, oh well Sampson Cay was our destination not to far away. Our plans are to just do day sailing now towards Fort Lauderdale except for perhaps one overnighter. So we crossed the very dangerous looking reefs of the 'Exuma Cays' in front of us, you can only see the entrance when you are almost on top of it. The sails were down and we motored into depths seeing so little under our keel as we entered Sampson Cut, talk about heart stopping stuff. After clearing the cut, Don had plotted a route through the deepest parts to steer us towards the anchorage but, we just ran out of water and ended up sitting on the sand with zero on the depth sounder. 
Lesson 1 learned, don't plan a route through very shallow water on a falling tide one hour before low water. 
Deciding that sitting on the sand was not such a good idea, we lifted the anchor, for all the good it was doing anyway, and ploughed our way into deeper water, anchoring once again to wait for the rising tide. 
Twice we attempted to break out of our enclosure and could not understand why we could not find deeper water, as marked on the chart. 

Oh so pretty but oh so scary, the part you can see is after we went through

Magnificent Osprey
That's where lesson 2 comes in, check the tide tables carefully as the tidal range can be negative of LAT (as shown on the charts) during springs, that we are in. Our concern was that if we waited for high tide, we would be moving in darkness and trying to find a safe anchorage. Not the best idea in these waters so, we plotted another route through a charted channel and finally made it out with 0.1 mtr under our keel for most of the way. Eventually dropped the hook in safe water just before dark. Not the best day of our sailing experiences so far. Having said all that, the surroundings, rocks and so many different shades of blue sea makes a more than stunning picture postcard. 

The following day we took the boat into the marina to refuel, wow expensive at over 5$ per US gallon. 
We stayed just one more night at anchor in Great Majors spot with quite a selection of yachts all about us.

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