Cave Cay

Ocean Gem
Geoff & Eileen Mander
Wed 7 May 2014 15:58

Date: Wednesday 7th May 2014

Position: 23:54.389N 76:16.759W


We decided to move a few miles northwards to Cave Cay.  The channel on the leeward side of the islands was just too shallow for us to sail through and so we had to sail back through Rudder Cay Cut, then northwards along the Atlantic side of the islands before turning through Cave Cay Cut and finding somewhere to anchor in the lee of the island.


We found a spot that was about six inches deeper than the surrounding sand banks and dropped the hook.  We were a fair way off the island so we had a large expanse of turquoise water around us. As the tide dropped it became clear that we would have to stay where we were until the next high tide as there would be insufficient water in the channel for us to leave. Hopefully no strong winds would kick up whilst we waited.


We took a trip ashore to look at the island.  On its western side it had the most magnificent harbour, with a narrow (if shallow) entrance opening out into a wide bay that had been dredged to provide good depths. It would make a pretty good hurricane hole. Like Rudder Cay it was also privately owned, and there were several holiday apartments under construction.  Although the ‘marina’ in the harbour was open for use the rest of the island was off limits and were not allowed to go exploring.  There were also several large and fierce looking dogs looking particularly territorial.