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Land & Sea Park, Bahamas, Warderick Wells Cay, Exumas,

Land and Sea Park, Warderick Wells Cay, Exuma Cays, Is a Bahamas National Park and Land Perserve. For more information please visit this site.

http://www.bahamascruisersguide.com/page75/page19/page19.html

The Land and Sea Park in the Exumas was the next stop in our voyage as we headed north on our island hope up the Exumas. Warderick Wells Cay, is a National park, and preserve, this is a no take zone. This means that you are not allowed to fish, or take lobster or conch. You are not even allowed to pick up shells off the beach. Take or leave anything, but foot prints in sand and in the ripples of the water.

You are not even allowed to anchor, you must pick up mooring balls that are provided in the channel leading in and out of the cay. The mooring balls should be reserved in advanced, and the cost is about $20 per night. Every morning on the VHF at about 8am, the park makes a call out, for all leaving the park and the moorings, records moorings that have become available, then calls out for those that would like to reserve them, first come first serve. We were able to get a ball in the morning call, and made our way to the park.

Once on the ball, we got in our dinghy, and made our way to the park office to pay for our mooring. Once on shore, you will find the old skeleton remains of a full size whale that beached here and died. I believe the length was about 50 feet. The sign says, the whale died from ingesting too much plastic waste thrown off boats. I suspect it had more too do with the whale landing in the shallows of this cay. But non the less, lets not litter in the ocean! You can see from the photos my children playing inside the skeleton. Brings bag memories of the story of Jonas and the whale. You can see how the biblical story can very much be believed. Inside the whale, there is a large cavity, and air enough for someone to survive!

We spent the day exploring the islands, hiking all around. We found many interesting sites to explore. A blow whole in the rocks, where  sea water would blow through many times a day, especially during high tide. A cave where olden day pirates might have hid out. You’ll also notice a pile of drift wood, each with some inscription from past cruisers, leaving their boat names to mark their visit to this location at some point in time!

The most interesting part of this cay, was that during low tide, much of the inlet would become dry and sandy, and during high tide it would cover up with water. In one of the picture below you can see us walking on the sand that was revealed during low tide. In some of the other photos, you’ll notice the row of boats, on their moorings. Another must stop location to visit.

 

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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