After an early start from Hawksbill Cay, to gain extra clearance with the high tide, we sailed down to Warderick Wells. It was a beautiful sail, with great winds out of the NNE at about 15-20 knots and the seas rolling at 3-4 ft. We managed to make 8-9 knots with the main up (one reef in) and full genoa. This is only the second time so far we have been able to be completely under sail. After making the mistake of going downstairs, Lindsay realized that maybe taking a Stugeron (sea sickness pill) would be a good idea. This proved to be a very effective remedy.
Once in Warderick Wells, we found we were the only ones in the south-western anchorage – more room for us! It was relatively calm, with just some small chop from the wind. We went ashore to pay our park dues and investigate the island. There were great views of the harbour and beautiful sandbars from the park warden’s office. We had a nice stroll along the beach.
Monday morning (Jan 30th), we again had an early start to head to Cambridge Cay. This cay is a nice anchorage with great mooring and a short dinghy ride to the “Aquarium” at O’Briens Cay (this is across from Little Halls Pond Cay, which we understand is owned by Johnny Depp, who apparently flies a giant black pirate flag, with a little red sparrow in the corner, when he is in residence).
The “Aquarium,” as it is known, was recommended to us by Captain Ted. It is a great little nook in a small rocky shore that has lots of coral and fish to swim with. And we mean lots (see video)! Once you jump in, you are almost immediately greeted by an massive amount of incredibly friendly Sargent Majors (small, yellow, black and silver-striped fish). After we made our way through them, we saw beautiful coral heads and a host of other tropical fish which come in all colours of the rainbow. Behind the Aquarium there is a beautiful little inlet with gorgeous turquoise water that is worth a dinghy detour to see.
Before we left we chatted with Windward, whose owners had been cruising this area for the last 5 years or so. They gave us some great information and told us about an interesting plane wreck to snorkel on our way back from the Aquarium. It was a very small propeller plane that had crash-landed in the passage between the cays. This time we even saw a barracuda!