|The tilt is NOT a camera trick. Rum Cay's|
Sumner Pt. Marina dock, tilts, undulates and
is rotting away.
|Marco aboard, guiding us flawlessly into|
Rum Cay's Sumner Point Marina.
Rum Cay's Sumner Point Marina (click here for their Facebook page) is a case in point.
|Yes, that support is indeed that cracked.|
Wayne radioed ahead to ask if anyone could give us an access status for Sumner Point Marina. Thanks Moonraker, to another cruiser's Sailblogs Rum Cay post, we read that the marina was closed and decrepit, but offered good protection and was free. The boat we reached in the marina was not very encouraging and we knew from our charts the entry was treacherous -- shallow with a reef on each side and lots of coral heads and rocks. In fact, we pointedly arrived at Rum Cay near high tide to up our odds of entering the marina, if desired.
|A dozen yellow-eyed snapper brought|
in by a local fishing boat look like they
got a case of the bends. They were caught
in over 400 feet.
As a respite from the shake-rattle-and-roll, Wayne suggested we take a walk shoreside. Considering the chop, it took some urging. We beached next to the laderless government dock.
|Snapper heads were popular with the local nurse and lemon sharks.|
|Where there's a forest of fins,|
there's a shark feeding frenzy.
|Uhhh, no swimming for me in the marina!|
Still, it's a bit like visiting Venice, glorious even in its decay. Unlike Venice, what Sumner Point Marina lacks in Venisian culture, it more than makes up for with crystal clear water, rich with vibrant sealife, colorful land characters, and no odiferous scent (when I went to Venice, discovered it is a stinky place). Like Venice, there's even some pretty cool sculpture.
If you're okay with wavy dock deck with missing planks and the need to keep your tracks in the middle of the walkway lest the rotting nails give way... no water, no fuel, no bathrooms, no laundry, restaurants a bit of a walk away (Ocean View gets rave reviews -- can't say firsthand as we rarely eat out so the distance is a moot point for us) -- free is a very good price.
|One of the many intriguing sculptures crafted by|
Bill, Rum Cay Sumner Point Marina's owner.
|Sunset off a bit dodgier part of|
Sumner Point Marina's dock.
April 12, 2014, BAHAMAS. We're Sumner Point Marina on Rum Cay (N23.38 W74.50); most likely we will set sail for Conception tomorrow.