It took us about 6 hours to cover the trip across the yellow banks. With 5' seas at 6 second intervals the trip was a little bouncy and we had to sail a close hauled course to get there. Nothing like a good salt bath to start the trip. After an overnight at Highborne Cay we headed down to Shroud Cay with nice 20 to 25 knots of wind on a beam reach. Part of our tour was the northern river on Shroud Cay where you can motor from the banks to the sound at a slow speed.
|On the ball at Shroud Cay|
|Sitting on the ball, not many boats around|
|Motoring down the river|
|We did hit a little storm|
|Captain and Admiral|
|Karen on the SUP|
|Happy at the helm|
|Karen at the helm|
|Boo Boo Hill, short hike|
|Tree growing out of the rock|
|Small creek to cross up to Boo Boo Hill|
|Top of the hill|
|Our boat in the distance|
Next stop was Norman's Cay. We anchored off the western shore and had dinner at the Norman's Bay Beach Club (aka McDuff's). I thought it would be nice to have a manhattan but they had no idea how to make one. They seemed to think they had bourbon and sweet vermouth and offered to let me behind the bar to teach them how to make a good manhattan. Unfortunately, there was no sweet vermouth so it was back to run. Next time through I'm bringing sweet vermouth and bitters and we'll redo the manhattan making class. Dinner was great at McDuff's with a casual relaxed island atmosphere.
|Being passed by a cat|
|McDuff's is behind these cottages|
|Harbor at Allen's Cay|
Nav Tours was a great company to charter with and included a pick up at the airport, provisioning trip, and the first and last night docked at the marina. We'd highly recommend them as a company to charter with. The rest of the sailing season will be pretty quite for us until it's time to launch the Turtle again in the spring.
|Happy to be back?|
|38' boat for the week|
|Sitting on a conch by the bay|
|The dark spots are sharks in the water|