Cave Cay to Georgetown, Exumas

Horizon of the leeshore, sailing to Georgetown, Exumas.

We exited the cut from Cave Cay, and took the outside route to Georgetown, we were sailing on the outside, as opposed to inside the cays. We chose this as a more direct and quicker route to Georgetown, Exuma. The inside route is a little more tricky, and still calls for deeper draft vessels to exit in order to avoid some of the very shallow areas. There are a few areas in the inside route, that we would not be able to navigate with a draft of 6 1/2 feet. Taking the outside route was less stressful on a beautiful day such as this. Just set your sails, autopilot and enjoy. We had one of the most beautiful day-sails ever, and by the end of the day we were in Georgetown.

Close Hauled and sailing clear of the lee shore.

The wind was very close to the nose, sailing close hauled trying to keep our distance from the lee shore. We were still able to make good speed, about 6 knots in light conditions. We noticed a larger boat ahead, that we could not seem to catch, and he seem to be on the same line as us. Later when we met up with them at the Anchorage, I commented on what a nice sail we had today. Then they admitted that they could not sail that close to the wind, therefore, they had to motor sail all the way to Georgetown, in order to keep off the lee shore. This is one of the advantages of our boat, in conditions like this, we were able to save the iron genny from being pressed into operation,  and we still managed to keep up with them.

My older son Thomas and I, enjoying the ride on the bow.

Having the an autopilot surely has it’s relaxing advantages. We enjoyed the afternoon sail to Georgetown, with a bit of fishing, lunch, relaxing, and enjoying the great weather.

Thomas enjoying the ride.

s/v Black Diamond

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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