Filled up with fuel from Flying Fish
Marina in Clarence Town Harbour. Just a little tricky without reverse.
Set off for Conception Island, 40
miles away. Good wind to start with, then cloud and rain
followed by a drop in the wind, so
we had to motor the last 12 miles. Anchored in West Bay.
Conception is one of our favourites
and is a protected park. No fishing!
Snorkelled some of the shallow reefs
around West Bay and Southampton Reef. Drift snorkelled holding on to the
dinghy. One of the other boats in West Bay was a trawler called “Dive Adx”.
We had seen them at the dive buoys in the Turks & Caicos but had not
contact. We had been envious of their outrigger stabilisers in the
swell! We called them on the radio in Conception
and met up on the beach later to swap
dive site information.
On 3rd June, we motored
around to the east side of Conception. Not a good anchorage in anything but
westerly and north-westerly winds. However, the south-easterly wind was
light so we used it as a day anchorage to explore the shores of Booby Cay
and South Rocks, neighbouring bird sanctuaries. A few distant frigate birds
on Booby Cay, but on the smaller South Rocks, thousands of seabirds nesting.
They became very aggressive at our arrival so we beat a hasty retreat and
returned to West Bay and sundowners on the beach with Fred and Michelle from
As we motored into the beach in the
dinghy, Fred and Michelle who were already on the beach gave us the shark
sign. A Caribbean reef shark was circling along the shore line having been
tempted into the bay by crew cleaning their fish catch on an expensive
looking mega fishing boat.
Fred also warned us and all other
boats of the first tropical wave of the season that was likely to hit the
Bahamas on 5th or 6th June. We checked our weather
info and found an advisory to find a secure harbour by Sunday night 4th
Having intended to spend a few more
days at Conception, then move to Cat Island, Little San Salvador, the Exumas
and on to Nassau for June 10th when Simon is coming to visit, we
were now faced with a weather hitch. More decisions!
Decided to head for George Town
where there are a number of anchorages with a choice of
protection in the event of strong winds from the tropical wave. We left
Conception early on 4th June with a reasonable wind for the 43 mile hop. As we
approached Cape Santa Maria on the north point of
Long Island, the wind shifted from SE to SW, right on our nose, dropped
completely, then briefly picked up to 18 knots. Very confused. All part of
the cloud debris from previous squalls we assume. So we motor-sailed, then
motored the last 10 miles in calm seas with no