TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 17 NM
MOORED AT HAWKSBILL CAY IN THE EXUMA CAY LAND AND SEA PARK
SUNRISE IN THE EXUMAS: 6:48 AM
SUNSET IN NASSAU: 5:25 PM
TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 80’S
Pulling up anchor in Highbourne we headed for a quick stop at Normans Cay to snorkel the infamous ditched aircraft that dates from the Bahamian drug trading era. Carlos Leder based his operations here on Normans and the story goes that more than one cruiser was shot at when they ventured too close. Eventually the feds infiltrated and cleaned out the “bad guys”.
|THE BOYS EXPLORING THE PLANE WRECK AT NORMANS|
Our next stop was the beautiful mooring field at Hawksbill in the Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park. While the mooring balls in the park proper are assigned, these are on a first-come first-serve basis. We did call in and let them know we were occupying one of their sites and given direction to deposit our minimal fee at the box. The boys walked the beach, gathering any wayward trash along the way, and then spent hours snorkeling the waters. This area does not abound in fish but the boys saw several rays and some color on their backs.
Dan and I talked to John and Diane Zabell on S/V Spirit while we lounged on the sandy beach. They have sailed these waters for years and were a wealth of useful information.
We are now drifting in and out (mostly out today) of cell service but hope to be able to hook up again tomorrow.