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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Leaf Cay - Near Lee Stocking Island

Today was all about fishing…so we thought. We set out just after getting the weather forecast. Greg and Luba took 'Rhapsody in Blue,' their Mason 44, on this fishing trip as well. The winds were not as light as forecast, but it was behind us so who cared. We tried pink/black, green/yellow, jet heads and a blue/white tuna plug. We put conch skin on the lures and used a teaser. On Rhapsody, they had an even greater rainbow variety and ran four lines. All to no avail. It was very disappointing to arrive at our northern decision point with nothing to put on the BBQ. So into the Adderly Cut we went, skunked. But it is very hard to stay disappointed for long when surrounded by turquoise water and only two other cruising boats in the anchorage. We further consoled ourselves with coconut bread French toast, a nap and the satisfaction that we put around 150 gallons of RO water in our tanks. After the nap, we launched the dinghy and picked up Greg and Luba to go explore. The small beach to the north of us on Leaf Cay housed a number of iguanas eager to greet us. We chatted with some other cruisers when suddenly a tour helicopter did a low circle around us, passengers waving madly, and then made a hard downwind landing on a very small outcropping of rock and sand. They did not stay or disembark and I regretted that I left my camera in the backpack. Not too long after the helicopter left, up rushed three different outboard tour boats with sunburned tourists exited and afraid of the iguanas looking for a handout. The beach had a little bay that was out of the current, making it a delightful place to swim - we had no idea how busy this little patch of sand could get!
It took us a while to find a suitable patch of sand to drop our hook and not be on a lee shore. The winds have died and we should be swinging on the anchor with the tide change shortly. There is a pretty good current in here, but it is something we learn to live with because that is what keeps this water looking so beautiful.
Love to all,
Dena

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