Notice that faint beige-y stripe?It’s a sandbar we were forced to hit.
After a couple idyllic days crashing
Carnival’s cruise ship island of Little San Salvador (click
here for to read about that), we found ourselves jockeying for safe
anchorage storm cover back in the Exumas.We chose Compass Cay, where jockeying required
choosing which barrier was the softest to crash.
Entering Compass Cay is a tricky affair in the
best of conditions; threading through a plethora of closely spaced
sandbars.Our wind-filled sails
and the prevailing current put us on a nice trajectory for a narrow, sand-free anchoring
spot.We readied our anchor….
Dredging to enlarge Compass Cay.
Then a big power cruiser, turned down
from Compass Cay's tiny marina, shot out from behind a rock, and promptly anchored
right where we were about to.Our only alternative besides crashing into them was to smack into a
sandbar, far softer than their boat.The offending cruiser was puzzled by our behavior, clueless that they
were the cause of it.
An hour or so later, to our chagrin, they left
for another anchoring spot.We
were not so secretly pleased their alternative anchor spot was rougher.We took advantage of the opening to
move, as our neighbor got the word out via VHF that we’d swung a bit close to
their boat.Fortunately there was
no harm done and an apologetic offering of home-made hummus was a good start to
a new friendship.
Truly fresh egg option at Exuma’s quirky Compass Cay.
We returned the next day for a long, leisurely
hike.We were tickled from the
get-go with our first encounter with the delightful cruiser mementos (there’s
got to be a specific name for these and if anyone knows please chime in) –
creative “found” sculptures emblazoned with cruiser boat‘s names and arrival
We wove through the branching trails to a
sweet little crescent beach, visited the dilapidated cliffside “Hesters House,”
with its Pebbles and Bam-Bam-like “gym,” ambled across a low-tide landing
strip, and were pleasantly surprised to see a veggie garden thriving and the
cluck-cluck source for farm fresh eggs.
Sweet little crescent beach at Compass Cay.
What a refreshing spot!Especially after our first Exumas stop
this year, at high-falutin’ “non-marina / resort guests are not allowed to
walk on [sully?] our island or use our internet” Highborne Cay.
All in all, Compass Cay a good place to
weather a blow, a fun spot to wander once its settled, and worth a repeat and
further exploration, from what we heard from other cruisers.Just watch out for those sandbars!
Captain and studmeister Wayne
weightlifting at Hester’s
Compass Cay. Yeah, Baby!
June 26, 2014 BAHAMAS (retrospective), Compass
Cay (N24.15.273 W76.30.825).Currently in Jacksonville FL, working to restore our cruising kitty over
hurricane season.Once my hard
drive images are restored (soon!) watch for more retrospectives of the cool
places we visited earlier this year.Meanwhile, we just moved our boat onto the hard at Green Cove Springs, Florida until November.Then, it’s off to The South Pacific!