Green Turtle Cay to Great Guana Cay via "The Whale
Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
58Trip End Jan 05, 2008
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We soon let the genoa go and had a good sail to Great Guana Cay and decided to take a look at the moorings in the harbour. We entered with caution and picked up a mooring ball in very shallow water - it was nearly low water. As Dave stepped out of the cockpit to help me with the mooring there was an ominous "clunk." The moorings are giant concrete blocks and we decided that as Dave stepped on the side deck the boat heeled over enough to clonk the keel on the block which stands about 2' above the bottom. We dropped the ball and called our friends on Sea Mist that we would go to the anchorage around the corner in Fisher's Bay as it was too shallow here for our 5' draft and for them at 6' too.
Fishers Bay proved a perfect place to stop. The moorings made us feel safe, they are owned by Dive Guana and so are probably checked fairly frequently, the cost is $15 a day. We had another front forecast and indeed had plenty of wind during our stay. By evening we seemed to have our flotilla assembled - Jingles had made it through the Whale too and also Nimue III the next day.
We enjoyed our stay here. The town was very small but had 4 bars and a grocery store and a nice bakery. The dock at Grabbers Bar in Fishers Bay was being repaired, the ladders were broken and there were planks missing and the dock was so warped and twisted we felt as if we had had too many Bahama Mama drinks before we had even landed on shore! We walked the extent of the town in half an hour and went up to "Nippers" a bar on a bluff facing the Atlantic. Painted in wild caribbean colors with the turquoise sea as a backdrop we sat and enjoyed a rum drink called a "Nipper," with our friends from "Sea Mist" The drink did not lack rum and we found ourselves giggling as we attempted the hazardous business of negotiating the crazy dock and broken ladder to enter our dinghy on our way home!
We visited a pub called Pirate's Cove the next day. A simple establishment facing the harbour that drew in the cruising crowd with comfortable chairs, cheap beer and free internet access. Unfortunately the internet was down and so we spent the afternoon chatting and drinking beer. We all took turns hosting dinner aboard our boats with 8 people in our floatilla it was a squeeze but good food and good fun was had by all. Dave and I enjoyed walks on the wild beach on the Atlanic side, we paddled but it was cool and windy most days so we did not swim.
Once again we had our eye on the weather and another cold front coming soon we decided to move on and make our way south to White Sound on Elbow Cay before it came through in about 5 days time.