We got underway early this morning – around 7am – from Double Breasted / Sand Cay. We had 2 hooks down, which we had set for the cold front that came through over the past few days. So it took a while to get all the gear up. The tide was dropping and the ebb was quite swift as we made our way around Sand Cay and into the channel along the southern edge of Double Breasted Cays headed East. As we got clear, I deployed trolling gear and 10 minutes later picked up a 3 1/2 ft cuda… our only catch of the day… oh well. We headed down the conventional course around the southern end of the Strangers Cay Bank – but soon bailed on that and worked our way through a channel through the bank. We did a fly-by of the anchorage on the northwestern end of Strangers and moved on to the anchorage on the southeastern end. The cay is surrounded by shoaly water, so we are anchored quite a ways out from the shoreline – but apparently not far enough to keep the noseeums at bay (it’s another light air evening). After lunch we headed in for some beach combing and exploring – lots of tidal pools and sea glass to be found. One of our older guides talks about there being ruins of a few buildings and structures along one of the beaches – but no trace of that any more. Today, the island is uninhabited and quite impenetrable. As in Double Breasted, we are the only boat here, and there are few/no signs of civilization. Tomorrow we will be off to Carter’s Cay – a short jog east. Not expecting much there – as the guides pan the beaches – but there may be some good bush whacking as there are the ruins of an old US missile tracking base there.
At 11/28/2009 7:18 PM (utc) our position was 27°06.70’N 078°05.30’W Position reports and track: