Bitter Guana Cay, Exumas, Bahamas


Bitter Guana Cay in the Exumas, Near Staniel Cay and Black Point Settlement.

Bitter Guana Cay a must stop at least for the afternoon to explore this amazing island. Home to a few iguanas, and nothing more. Amazing Coral Rock Formations hand over a picture perfect little lagoon. On the inside the view is endless into the horizon of crystal cyan waters with average depths of 10 feet as far as the eye can see. On the ocean side, very interesting coral formations continue to amaze, great place for exploring and enjoying the afternoon. After a busy day of building sandcastles with the Iguanas that hung around like puppy dogs we spent the evening at anchor  by a beautiful moon lite sky. Anchoring in the Bahamas for the most part is pretty simple. Sand bottom, that most anchors have no trouble in, hardly any coral, once in awhile you might see the odd coral head. As long as you are on the lee shore, you have nothing to worry about, even if your anchor drags there is usually miles of sand behind you. The only tricky anchoring, would be the odd time we had to anchor between cuts, with ocean and tidal surges, plan ahead and look for a good anchorage. Not difficult in the Bahamas.

Rock Iguanas

The iguanas are very tame, and friendly, they love hanging out with the kids, waiting for a little snack. They love fruits and veggies, grapes are one of their favourites. They go many months without drinking water, and get their hydration from the food they eat. We poured some fresh water on a near by stone, and the iguana loved lapping up all the fresh water. The other island in the Exumas that have iguanas is Allan’s Cay. There are dozens of rock iguana on this island, and are thriving. Rock Iguana are extinct in most of the world. The Exumas is one of the few places left in the world that you can find these beautiful creatures.

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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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