Shroud Cay

Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Thu 20 Apr 2017 14:27
24:31.79N 76:47.88W  Shroud Cay, Exumas Land & Sea Park
The Exumas Land & Sea Park was set up in the 1950’s, an area about 22 x 8 nm, covering a large number of private and state owned cays, is a no take zone, and a pristine environment to explore.
Our first stop was Shroud Cay, where we had a unique experience on the dinghy.  The Cay has large mangrove swamps, with streams running through it.  You are allowed to navigate your dinghy through the northernmost stream, all the way to the other side, to a beautiful beach.  This beach is on the Exuma Sound (ocean side) and much wilder than the inside passage (banks) where we have been anchoring.
Shroud%20sat  google map     bl mike dinghy
You can see the stream clearly on Google Earth                                    Mike enjoying the ride
bl shroud gully 3
We had great fun getting into the water on the ocean side and being pulled through the cut (behind us in the pic) as the tide came in.  Tidal flows are a major player all over the banks, where narrow cuts allow massive amounts in and out of the banks.
From Shroud we moved down to Waderick Wells, where the head office of the park is located, and hoped to do some good exploring and snorkelling, but the weather was not playing the game. We had lots of wind and a storm looming so had to look for a more protected anchorage.  With our draft, and the potential for winds from SE to SW, up to 30knts, we decided to go south to Compass Cay, which seemed to have a reasonably protected anchorage.  We had a difficult two days, with strong wind, wind against tidal stream and then the thunder and lightning storm.  We were unplugging everything in the yacht while considering the truth of a microwave oven being an effective Faraday cage for phones and tablets, but mostly just hoping that one of those massive blots didn’t hit us. Not an easy night for anyone on board, but no damage.
And then the wind swung to the West, which is tricky on the Exuma Banks with few westerly protected anchorages.