March 10, 2011 - George Town, The Bahamas
We left Georgetown and the crowds of cruisers and headed to the Ragged Islands, or Jumentos Cays as they are also known. These Cays are less inhabited, more spread out and with less shelter than the Exumas, so in theory quieter and off the beaten track. There were still a few adventurous boats to be found wandering in packs as was to be expected as it is the one of the 'uncharted' areas that have just been charted!
The water was as blue as ever, clean and full of fish. Mainly we caught Barracuda. Scary looking and often not good to eat as they have poisonous ciguatera they retain from reefs, we took no chances and put them back.
On most of the Islands we saw no-one, the occasional pack of cruisers all huddling together. We got weather forecast from an old SSB radio. Although we had no proper antennae we clipped it to the rigging and managed to get good reception and enough forecast to know when to sail and when to stay. Di had finished the sail covers and SeaGal looked smarter every day.
Most days were spent sitting at anchor, with the occasional sail to a new Island. A few walks and swims ending in a BBQ.
Our favourite evenings were spent sitting on the beach burning drift wood, enjoying BBQ lobster and Conch and a cold beer.
Then watching the sun set over the boat and wondering what to do the next day. Swim, sail, fish or bugger all.
We eventually found or first lobster and after an underwater Chase managed to catch him. Slowly getting braver, sometimes even without the gloves.
Di made this fantastic B'day card for one of her nephews with bits from the beach and the boat. Old main sail and topside paint made the boat come alive.