Matthew TownAfter leaving the DR with a bad taste, we sailed across to Great Inagua, Bahamas. What a contrast! Although the marina is very basic (no power or water on the dock), dockmaster George and ll of the officials were so friendly and welcoming. We were welcomed to the marina and the Bahamas.
According to George, the sailors come from an island just off Haiti to trade and to deliver passengers to Inagua. We saw them unloading Bananas and other produce - all by hand. These boats have no machinery or engines. If you look closely, you will see that the masts are actually palm tree trunks.
They also deliver passengers traveling overseas via air. Apparently, people chose to come through Inagua rather than the airport in Haiti because of the violence and turmoil in their country - at least that is what George told us. If that truly is the case, what a awful state Haiti must be in. It sounds almost as bad as traveling through Atlanta or Miami airport! :)
Anyway, what a pleasant stay we had albeit short. And talk about "rags to riches" - this was our dock neighbor - 160 ft sailing yacht Alejandra, apparently owned by a Greek millionaire, and the former boat of the King of Spain.
Our next overnight stop was another spectacular one. We made the 40 or so mile sail from Matthew Town to Hogsty Reef - a natural atol in the middle of the Atlantic, measuring about 3 miles long by 1.5 miles across - here's a screenshot of the chart to hopefully clarify what it looks like:
What an amazing place this is - I wish we could have stayed longer and explored the underwater treasures here - apparently it is spectacular. So we will have to return!
Acklins Island and Crooked Island
Moving right along - our next stop was an overnight anchorage off Acklins Island. I must admit, I was already really loving the remoteness of the southern Bahamas - even more than the Exumas. We dinghied ashore and did a little beachcoming before dark This was just an overnight stop. We then sailed on to Crooked Island. We had been in touch with our good friend Nandra who has a house on Crooked Island near Pitts Town Point.
Unfortunately, Nandra was not here - but ......in true Nandra style, she set up dinner reservations for is at "Willlie's", also known as Gibson's No. 2. OMG, what a delight! Nothing fancy, but homestyle cooking at a family table with some other visitors and fishermen. The food was exceptional. We all agreed this was the best conch and grouper we had ever had. So five stars for Wille! and a big thank you to Nandra for setting this up
This turned into all night and the next day....but we made it safely to Emerald Bay Marina near Georgetown, Great Exuma. A familiar spot to us and nice marina.
We were ready for a couple nights of R&R!
|Marina at Emerald Bay|