Friday, December 19, 2014

Green Turtle and Man-0-War Cay, Bahamas

We enjoyed five relaxing days anchored at the very quiet and secluded Crab Cay.  Tucked in close to shore provided protection from some strong east winds.  Relaxing, reading, swimming, kayaking and a couple of small boat jobs were on the agenda.

Anchored at Crab Cay
We then set sail for Green Turtle Cay.  A strong storm was on it's way so we decided to take a mooring at Green Turtle Marina.

After the storm passed we left Green Turtle Cay for Man-O-War Cay.  But first we had to motor thru a narrow passage called Whale Cay.  This passage is directly exposed to the easterly winds and wave action from the Atlantic Ocean.  We ended up waiting 3 days for the wind and waves to calm down to safely pass.  At Noname Cay a number of other sailors waited for the weather to clear.

Noname Cay waiting for the weather

Cute Fire Department logo

In Green Turtle Cay we met up with sister yacht Blue Summit and enjoyed new friends Kate and Steve.

sv Blue Summit

Waves breaking over Whale Cay

Debbie enjoying a fantastic sailing day thru Whale Cay.  The fun wave action can't be appreciated in a photo!

Next stop was Man-O-War Cay.  We anchored in a protected small hurricane hole and enjoyed hiking the small island and beaches.  We were in the Bahamas now and so far we spent a week at anchor at Man O War.  You can see a lot of fish in the water, mostly snapper we are told.  A long thin island 2.5 miles long.  The population is about 300 Bahamians who are caucasian.  An anomaly that surprised us here in the Bahamas.  We understand that they are descendants of loyalists who left the states when British rule was rejected.  Most are avid Christian church goers.  Three churches, no alcohol sold, no police, but no crime, no cars only golf carts.  A home that includes the norther point of the island is currently listed for sale at 4.5 million.  of course this is exceptional.  The people are very welcoming.  Many are involved in boat building, sail services, sewing boat canvas accessories and tending to rental cottages, grocery store, the marina and tourist boutiques.  The island is clean and the landscape is beautifully manicured.  Many are Alburys or related to this family in an extended way.  Carol picked us up in her golf cart, gave us a tour and told us lots of interesting things about the island.  Carol is originally from Florida, but met her husband of two years on Christian Mingle and now loves living on Man O War.  Fun!!

Import duty and shipping costs are causes of items costing about double of what we are used to in Canada.  Want a small bottle of Tide? 

                                       Always enthralled with the beautiful tropical foliage.

The Anchorage at Man-O-War 

We are not quite the first ones that have enjoyed it here.

We walked from one end of the Cay to the other and marvelled at the beautiful sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters.  Snappers and other fish clearly visible.

The Cay narrows with the Atlantic Ocean on the right and the Abaco Sea on the left
Debbie interacting with the local wildlife!!
Walking the roads of Man-O-War
A visit from our new friends Jane, Richie and son Jason (Panthera, Vancouver)  

We have now arrived in Marsh Harbour.  Home James!  Christmas joy with family and friends awaits.  Blessings to all and Merry Christmas.  D&G

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