Spanish Cay to Manjack Cay

Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We were up early, we put the trash ashore, paid our bill and said goodby to Mr. Happy - the dockmaster.  At the captains meeting it was decided that we would have a night at anchor in Manjack Cay or Nunjack Cay as it is sometimes called.  There was supposed to be another cold front moving in and so we decided we would only stay for a night and run for cover on Wednesday.  Dave from Sea Mist kindly helped us leave our slip.  It was the most difficult dock to get on and off the boat thus far with an almost impossible climb off and on the boat at low water, no ladder!

After 2 days at Spanish Cay we were happy to be on the move again.  It is not the most attractive place and we wondered about folks who had built large homes on this remote island.  Yesterday a helicopter had flown in some folks whom we speculated may have been looking to build there because they landed and then flew off around the island twice.  On our walks we discovered many lots for sale and there is a small airport here.  There is evidence of hurricaine damage and one of the beaches was covered in washed up plastic trash, water bottles, gas cans, detergent bottles etc., it was so appalling that it made you feel you never wanted to use the substance again.

We had a fast 3 hour sail with winds 10-24 knots on the beam with big rolling seas.  We anchored at Manjack Cay in the south anchorage which had more shelter from the winds.  There were about 8 boats there when we arrived.  We anchored securely first time but Sea Mist and Jingles who arrived later both had trouble and had to reanchor.  We launched the dinghy and went ashore, as we neared the beach we saw a sign and our hearts sank thinking it was a keep off sign but it  just requested pet owners to keep their pets leashed due to loose chickens!  We did a bit of exploring on foot and by dinghy and returned to the boat to relax and enjoy the view, sunset and later a brilliant starry night sky, with the Milky Way in 3D without all the usual light pollution.

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