Bright and early at 8:45am, we pulled anchor and bid Georgetown farewell as we headed out onto the Exuma Sound and pointed the boat NorthWest towards Lee Stocking Island. We had to leave so early in order to time our departure carefully so as to arrive at Adderly Cut (the entrance to Lee Stocking Island) at low slack tide. More on this later.
On the way, we passed a beautiful wooden schooner, brigantine rigged with a single square-rigged sail forward.
|Schooner with Single Square-Rigged Sail|
|Joan fishing with a handline|
A word about the "cuts".
Cuts are narrow passages thru the islands from the deep Exuma Sound side to the shallow Exuma Banks side. The currents in these cuts can be quite strong, up to several knots, depending on the tide. And if the tide is flowing in the opposite direction from the wind, you get something called a "rage", where the waves are steep and choppy, making it difficult and unpleasant to try and get through. So the trick is to run the cut at slack tide, when the water isn't flowing, so you only have the wind to contend with.
Apparently I got the timing right, as we motored through with no problems.
Once through Adderly Cut, we tucked around behind Lee Stocking Island and were totally sheltered from the wind and the waves. It was a pleasant place to anchor after all the days of pounding we went through at Georgetown due to the large front that passed through while we were there.
|Quiet anchorage in front of the abandoned research station|
Saturday, March 11, 2017
With the dinghy successfully repaired, we put it back in the water, mounted the outboard, and went exploring. The shore was too rocky and sharp to beach the dinghy, so we did a reverse Mediterranean moor, with a bow line tied to the shore, and a stern anchor holding us out.
|Dinghy anchored, with Dolce Vita in the far-right background|
|Abandoned "Lobster Lab"|
|Outdoor Specimen Tanks|
|Rosetta Stone: A map of the facility!|
|This antenna tower is not long for this world|
|Old computers stacked up in the analysis lab|
|Collapsing Quonset Hut|
Tomorrow, we'll head back out the cut and continue NorthWest to Farmer's Cut, where we'll spend a few days anchored off of Little Farmer's Cay.
Life is good.