1 March 2022: Underwater Treasures
1 March 2022
Black Point, Exumas, Bahamas
Rudder Cut Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Cumulative Mileage (NM)
Crew on Board
Skipper, first mate, chef, entertainment and more; I guess that is solo sailing for you!
Handyman extraordinaire from Indiana here to lend a hand between Nassau and George Town!
GENERAL WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
14 knots off the beam!
Not a cloud in sight!
Balmy for this time of year
Dry, thank goodness!
One of the stops that I wanted to see, and missed the last time I sailed the Bahamas, was the famous underwater statue at Rudder Cut Cay. A beautiful mermaid and grand piano statue below the surface.
It was placed there by David Copperfield (the famous American magician) in a very achievable 12-feet of water for even the amateur freediver. And believe me, I had not resumed practicing my freediving so I would describe myself as an amateur at best!
Up plenty early as the weather the next day was perfect for continuing to Georgetown and I wanted to ensure time to dive on the statue on arrival. That way we would be free to depart early the next morning. I was nervous for this passage as it meant leaving the shallow, tranquil bank side of the Exumas to go through the cut to the Exuma sound. The cuts can be tricky in bad weather and my memories of the Exuma Sound
was a pretty upwind, choppy sail. However, our weather was perfect. The cut near Black Point to get through to the sound side was a breeze (pun intended) and the wind and sea conditions were
fabulous. Plus, it felt nice to keep moving south!
About ten other boats had the same idea as us to go and see the statue but it was a spacious enough anchorage so room for everyone! With anchor down, it was straight into the water to check things out! The effort to stop was very worthwhile as though it may be touristy, it was also pretty cool at the same time!
But by sunset we were pooped after a day sailing, so back to the boat and to bed early for an early departure!
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”
– Loren Eiseley