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Big Major Spot, Exumas

 

Big Major Spot's Island only has inhabitants of the oink oink kind.

Big Major Spot’s Island only has inhabitants of the oink oink kind.

January 2nd, 2009, we left the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, and anchored just a couple of miles away. This area is called the Big Major Spot. We figured out later it probably got it’s name for being one of the most popular anchorages in the area. There were literally a hundred boats anchored here, or at least it seemed like it. The population of the crew on these boats probably out numbered the residence at Staniel Cay Island which is only about 100. In the evening the water lit up with boat and anchor lights like a city, mean while the land was dark with no inhabitants other then the wild pigs.

Alex tried to chase the pigs like he did with the Iguanas, they weren't as afraid.

Alex tried to chase the pigs like he did with the Iguanas, they weren’t as afraid.

The pigs are of the domestic variety, but live wild here on the island. The boaters love to pull up and feed the pigs. We soon found out why they are called pigs. Rude table manners, and not shy at all, very pushy when it comes to food. The night before after the regatta we were hosted to a pig roast by the locals, I think I know now where they got the pig.

We fed the pigs some table scraps and conch cleaning left overs.

We fed the pigs some table scraps and conch cleaning left overs.

Anchored at Big Major Spot, these pigs are not wild boars but are wild pigs of the domestic variety.

Anchored at Big Major Spot, these pigs are not wild boars but are wild pigs of the domestic variety.

You can see Black Diamond anchored amoung the many boats here. Our’s is the Black boat to Thomas’ left shoulder. That night we dinghyed over to the sail boat Priority, and enjoyed some after dinner deserts with them and their boys. The next morning we are heading out, and making our way to Cave Cay, on route to Georgetown.

Preparing Conch for dinner with the buys from the sailboat Priority.

Preparing Conch for dinner with the buys from the sailboat Priority.

Here the boys prepared and cleaned the conch for dinner. Alexander was very excited about helping out too, Thomas is not into touching what he calls gross things.

Alexander loves wild life, and got right in there helping out.

Alexander loves wild life, and got right in there helping out.

Dakota is showing Alexander how to clean conch. Alexander is holding the meat that came from the shell. He is holding the claw.

Anchoring at Big Major Spot.

A close up of Black Diamond anchoring at Big Major Spot.

Approaching the stern of the boat with our dinghy.

Approaching the stern of the boat with our dinghy.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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2 Responses

  1. Conchman says:

    Were those conch regulation size and were they caught in the Marine Park?

  2. Ed says:

    We only harvested 5 conch on our whole trip, just to give them a try. The ones we ate were all regulation size. You’ll notice some small ones the kids found on the shores, Alex is pictured with some of these. But we did not harvest them. As for the Marine Park, we sailed right by it and did not even stop there. After Big Major we sailed to Cave Cay, and then straight to George Town right past the park. Keep following our blog and you’ll get further updates on that.

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