We arrived at Allans-Pensacola Cay yesterday (Tue) and tucked into the anchorage on the south west shore. It was was a hot windless day and the priority once anchored quickly became getting the awning up for some shade. We finally encountered a few other boats – maybe 3-4 others in this anchorage.
The weather forecast has been tamed a bit and we are only due 15-20 kts, which we are getting today (Wed).
There is a trail leading across the island to the beach on the north shore – where there is a tree/shrine of sorts adorned by various creatively adapted pieces of flotsam – like calling cards for the various boats that have passed through these parts. We added our own to this mix – to be seen how long it lasts.
This cay is also home to another set of ruins – another US missile tracking station. This one is significantly smaller, more decrepit, and overgrown than the one at Carters. Not sure what these were for – I’m guessing either as an early warning line for soviet submarine launched missiles, or as part of the 1950s/60s space race – and tracking rockets launched out of Canaveral. Will have to research that when we get internet connectivity.
We will probably move on toward Spanish Cay in the morning depending on what the wind does. We’re in need of some basic provisions (e.g. butter) and might be able to get that there. Family also arrive in less than two weeks (into Hopetown), so we need to make tracks in that direction.
At 12/1/2009 10:21 PM (utc) our position was 26°59.30’N 077°41.30’W Position reports and track: