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Sailing the Exumas


by Ann and Tony Lofthouse

A couple who decided that life is really too short and thought "we'd better do this now whilst we're still fit and healthy".They share about their stop over in the Exumas

 

On our first sail North out of Georgetown, we managed to catch the perfect size Mahi Mahi for the two of us and, coupled with sweet potato fries, we treated ourselves to "posh fish and chips". As planned, we've been repeating some of our favourite Exumas anchorages, which meant swimming with pigs and snorkelling with a mermaid, grand piano and James Bond...actually, I was exaggerating about James Bond...but we did visit Thunderball grotto again, this time at slack low tide..and the snorkelling was even better than before, with schools of fish and a great selection of coral and sponges.



We spent a week at Big majors Spot, home to the swimming pigs (as featured in an Expedia advertisement apparently).

Easter Sunday started with a 45 knot + squall, oh joy! which meant we where in a high state of alert and readiness to act if necessary. Fortunately, everyones' anchors held and there were no dramas, plus, the upside was that Serenity got a serious fresh water wash. Our Easter dinner was spent on the nearby 'cruisers beach', where we enjoyed 'Scooby burgers' and G&Ts, whilst socialising with a spontaneous gathering of about 30 fellow sailors. The cruisers beach is a tiny crescent shaped beach, where annual cruisers have left comfy chairs, picnic tables, a BBQ, a fire-pit, a magnetic dartboard and various other games for everyone's enjoyment. Our Easter was complete when a kind Canadian couple, Ken and Deeana from Toronto (s/v Allure) rectified our lack of "any kind of chocolate" by generously supplying us with a weeks worth of both dark chocolate ( for Tony) and milk chocolate finger biscuits (for me). What a treat!



We also visited Warderwick Wells again, the main hub of the Exumas Sea and Land park and had company (under our hulls) for our whole stay, in the form of five "remoras", which have a remarkable suction disc just behind their head, which enables them to attach themselves to other fish, turtles and inanimate objects like boat hulls!

They pick off any parasites clinging to heir hosts skin, whilst cruising warm seas world-wide. Interestingly, our next and final anchorage in the Exumas is SW Allens Cay, where we're planning to "beach" the boat to give "under the waterline" one final clean before our forthcoming big passages. We'll be able to see if we have some hitchhikers with us, in terms of the "remoras"!

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