Friday, March 30, 2012

Update: Sampson Cay, Black Point, Staniel Cay, White Point, Little Farmers Cay and Big Majors.

All I can say is we have been having a great time cruising with old and newly found friends since leaving Exuma Park. The weather has been a little blowy but who can complain with 72-74 deg mornings with mostly sunny skies served over the crystal clear waters of the Exumas. After the big blow with three afternoons of the Blowing Like Stink Parties on the beach at Emerald Rock everyone was ready to move on to a little civilization. So we left Warderick Wells for Sampson Cay.

If you remember Sampson Cay was one of our favorite stops last year. What a difference a year can make. We arrived early afternoon, set the hook and went to shore to make dinner reservations and purchase a few items from the store. We had a good dinner (ok food at exorbitant prices) with great friends from “Bagheera” and “Megerin”. The next morning we purchased fuel, water and some supplies from the marina and set off for Black Point.

We really enjoy the Bahamian locals at Black Point. They are so friendly and go out of their way to welcome cruisers to their village. 
We enjoyed the restaurants, and walks on the beach and through town. John and Marilyn on “Carolina” (one of Ginny’s High School Classmates who we met in No Name Harbor) came in from Georgetown and invited us, Ray and Sandy on Megerin, Ward and Richard on Bagheera for a drinks and a wonderful spaghetti dinner on “Carolina”. We had a blast telling stories and discussing our adventures. We were even serenaded by a couple of squalls that livened up the party and the dink ride home in the dark.

The next morning we waved John and Marilyn off as they started their trek back to Jacksonville, Florida. Our friends on “Goose Bumps” came into Black Point and we enjoyed a Group get together at Scorpio’s. The next couple of days we headed south to explore the uninhabited portion of Great Guana Cay. We spent one night anchored off White Point, one night anchored off Oven Rock north of Little Farmers Cay and one night anchored off the beach in Little Bay.

What beautiful unspoiled beaches there are along this stretch of the Exuma Chain.

After a night at Little Bay we were off to Big Majors for a few days. The anchorage off the Island of Big Majors is one of the most popular anchorages in the Exumas. Yachts of all types and sizes anchor here for days on end. 

Big Majors is the home of the swimming pigs and Pirate Beach where we killed a few brain cells a couple afternoons. 

We enjoyed several dinghy exploration trips and snorkeled the Thunderball cave near Staniel Cay. We ran into old sailing friends from Oriental, NC (Debbie and Don) on m/v “Valkyrie”. It was great to see them again and enjoy a few drinks on Pirate Beach together.

After a few days Big Majors it was time to prep for a run to Rock Sound on the Island of Eleuthera. We moved over to Sampson Cay to buy water and a few provisions. We ran into sailing friends from New Bern, George and Lyn on “Sunspot Baby”. They were headed to Nassau and we hope to see them in the Abacos in a few weeks.

We made our way to Warderick Wells and the Emerald Rock mooring field for the evening and prepared for the Exuma Sound crossing to Eleuthera with buddy boats Megerin and Bagheera.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the Exumas again this year. 

The water here is simply breath taking and we look forward to visiting again next season. For now it’s off to Eleuthera and more adventures.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Guys! Glad to see more pix! Your blog, as usual, is stunning. Appears that you are having a grand time. Keep it up!


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