We’ve left Georgetown and the Exumas behind us and took our first step south. We had a beautiful sail from Elizabeth Harbor to Rum Cay yesterday. There were 8′ swells with 2-3′ chop, but the swells were widely spaced (13 second period), so it was mostly a relaxing ride. We dropped two lines in the water as soon as we entered the Exuma Sound, and after we rounded the tip of Long Island, we caught two Mahi at the same time. Ann left the boat on autopilot and we reeled them both in and gaffed them with no problem.
About 2 hours later, Ann woke me up from a nap and said we had another fish on the line. It was a big one and had spun off 3/4 of the line already and was quickly taking the rest. Ann fought it for a while, and then handed it off to me to finish. It was a big Mahi (see picture below) and did not want to come near or in the boat, except for the time it tried to jump in the boat. We finally got it gaffed and pulled it into the boat and we will be eating Mahi for at least a month.
We had a little trouble getting into the harbor, and firmly grounded the boat in sand as we approached the docks. It was then I noticed all the people waving at us to stop. Ann thought they were being friendly. Although I’m sure I’m missing a little of my new bottom paint and prop coating, we got off the sand bar and proceeded to our assigned slip, where we grounded again! Apparently hurricane Sandy shifted some sand around in the harbor that is not yet reflected on the charts. Also, most of the channel markers went missing during Sandy as well.
We arrived just in time for happy hour and one of the locals (there are 38 people on the Island) cooked dinner for 19 of us boaters. It was a great meal featuring Wahoo in goat pepper sauce, Bahamian mac and cheese, pigeon peas and rice and a delicious rum cake for dessert.
Unfortunately, our new slip (in which the front of the boat is once again grounded) does not allow us to get off and on our boat yet. They are supposed to build a ladder this morning to allow us to climb off the bow. Ann doesn’t like our new slip/ladder arrangement because if you go into the water, there are currently 7 sharks over 6′ long laying under our bow.
We plan to stay here for a while as some bad weather is moving through the area, and then onward to either Mayaguana, Turks and Caicos, or Crooked Island.