Cave Cay, Exumas – Bahamas.

Actually – December 2008 to January 2009 & March 2009. (C) Copyright 2008

Our approach to Cave Cay. (C) Copyright 2008

Cave Cay is a beautiful place almost half way from Staniel Cay to George Town in the Exumas. We decided to anchor here for a night, but after discovering how beautiful it was, and all the different activities it offered, we decided to spend an extra night here. Above you see the approach to Cave cay, and below you see the different colours of the Bahamian waters depending on it’s depth. The darker water is deeper water, but you want to also make sure it’s not coral, although there is not much of that in the Bahamas.

You can read the water depths by the colour of the water. (C) Copyright 2008

Anchored at Cave Cay. (C) Copyright 2008

3 Boys and a Dinghy. (C) Copyright 2008

Our dinghy worked out pretty well, the electric motor would run for a couple of hours on the slowest speed. But on normal operation we could only count on it for about 2-3 miles of distance. On full throttle which we needed at Cave Cay to get out of the strong current, it only lasted a few minutes and died. I had to row the dinghy a couple of miles along the shore out of the current all the way back to the mother ship. Overall it was sufficient to get us to shore and back, but could not do alot of exploring. If we come back to the Bahamas we will invest in a larger gas motor. It is recommended that you have at least 10hp or 15hp. I prefer the smaller one, easier to handle, less storage room and fuel requirements.

Exploring a cave entrance. Notice our electric motor.  (C) Copyright 2008

One of our most favorite shots of the boys.  (C) Copyright 2008

Hey Boys watch out for the Cave Man behind you!  (C) Copyright 2008

Thomas Deep in a Cave hole.  (C) Copyright 2008

I view of the Cove from the Highland we climbed.

The picture above shows you a view from the highland in Cave Cay. We climbed up to the top of this hill, the view behind us is a little cove formed by little rocky islands. Below you will find close up pictures of this cove, with tiny little beaches. An amazing protected harbour, difficult to get into with a large boat or anything that draws more than 6 feet. At the time we visited it looked like it was still under construction. There was no one around, but the buildings still looked pretty new. There appeared to be a few villas that could be rented, you can arrive by plane or boat. Would be a neat place to visit again.

Doesn’t this just look like Paradise on earth. (C) Copyright 2008

Beautifully warm swimming water and private beaches everywhere.  (C) Copyright 2008

The beaches don’t get any better anywhere else, I don’t believe.  (C) Copyright 2008

Entrance into the little Cove of Cave Cay Marina. (C) Copyright 2008

Dinghy ride inside the cove.  (C) Copyright 2008

Another shot inside the cove.  (C) Copyright 2008

Marina Office, on a floating dock, that moves up and down with the tides. (C) Copyright 2008

Air strip at Cave Cay, ready to receive small planes. (C) Copyright 2008

Motorized power generation and battery storage found on the island. (C) Copyright 2008

Black Diamond, Picture perfect anchorage. Sure beats Lake Ontario, Canada. (C) Copyright 2008

Plenty of Shelling and Conch for the picking.  (C) Copyright 2008

After a whole day of hiking, snorkeling, dinghy rowing, swimming and much exploring it sure is nice to just relax at this peaceful anchorage with a nice cool bottle of Corona. The sandwich pictured here is made with Roxane’s home baked bread on the boat. You can see why I lost about 30lbs on this trip.

Sunsets like these every night. (C) Copyright 2008

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 [email protected]

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