Little Farmers and Rudder Cut Cay, Central Exumas, Bahamas

 

Mar 19-21, 2017

Map of Rudder
Map of Rudder

The winds finally died down, and we headed South.  It was questionable, whether we were going to run the Exuma Sound (Inside Route) or go via the Ocean.   Mark didn’t want to deal with seas that had not settled yet from the high winds we just experienced at Staniel,  and Sognare wanted to fish (Running the Outside).  As we were rounding the Cut,  the ocean looked relatively calm, so we went out in the Atlantic, and threw out the Code Zero (our sail for light winds),  then the Genoa, for higher winds, the further south we got.  The sail south went very smooth, with a few rollers, and Sognare caught a 25 # Mahi.  However, the cut to get to Little Farmers, our destination for anchoring at night, had a 4 knot current going against us, and we were riding a bucking bronco again.   It was a hairy entrance for Mark.  One mistake, and we would end up on rocks.  But, that didn’t happen.  Angie, immediately got seasick.

We had Mahi for dinner on Sognare and watched the “shark wrangling” show.  Craig had the freshly fileted carcass on his sugar scoop and Nurse sharks jumped up and took it off the back of the boat!

Farmers was another rolly anchorage, and Angie didn’t sleep.  She decided to take a down day, didn’t go into town with everyone, and got some banking done, now that we had wifi, at Farmers.  Mark went to town and had his first of this trip, Bahamian Cracked Conch and Conch Fritters from Brenda’s. Angie’s stomach could not handle the grease, but Mark was a happy camper.  There were turtles all around Marina Bay when they went to shore. When we set anchor, there were 5 boats in the anchorage.  When we departed, there were 12.  You never know from day to day, what any given place is going to look like, or how crowded it will be!

Rudder Cut Cay
Rudder Cut Cay

We moved to Rudder Cut Cay, and took the Inside Route.  We had to do it at High Tide because of some shallow areas.  We didn’t want to get stuck on a sand bar! It only took 1.5 hours to get between the two.

Mark helped Craig with rebedding his saildrives’ cone clutches (typical for Yanmar saildrives) and snorkeled around the anchorage, looking for lobsters. He also whipped up a new bridle snubber line, inserting thimbles for the connections.

Reworking the Bridle Snubber
Reworking the Bridle Snubber

We saw Belle Vie, our friends from Quebec, who run a charter off of their Lagoon 410 out of Georgetown/Emerald Bay!  We originally met them at St Augustine Marine Center. We were having breakfast in the cockpit and all of a sudden we hear, “Uno Mas, Uno Mas”!!  It was Napoleon and Suzanne, sailing right behind us with a boatload of guests!  Soooo good to see them!  Hopefully, we will meet up  when we head down to the Georgetown area.

Chilequiles Sauce
Chilequiles Sauce
Chilequiles Sauce Finale
Chilequiles Sauce Finale

We took a  long dinghy ride around some of the smaller Cays (Gaulin Rock, Jimmy’s Cay, and Dove Cay), checked out a nice sandbar at low tide and were amazed at all of the Southern Stingrays in the water, coming right up to you in 2 feet of water!!

Finally, a flat night, with no surge! Angie could sleep and is a happy camper!

Departing through Rudder Cut
Departing through Rudder Cut

 

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