Sailing the Exumas
We arrived to Nassua on a Sunday afternoon and after waiting in line at customs for over an hour we found our driver waiting for us outside ready to head to Compass Cay Marina (Navtours base). We pre-paid for our transportation to and from the airport and a trip to the local grocery store, which was very convenient. After about a 45 minute drive we arrived to a beautiful marina on the East end of Nassau. The check-in was not as seamless as we had hoped as they originally thought we were going to be on a monohull rather than the catamaran we had booked for the week. After everything was sorted out and provisions were purchased we went for our walk-through of Carpe Diem (2014 Lagoon 39), or as we liked to call her “Crape Diem.” Although the marina facilities were fantastic the boat was not well-maintained considering her age. She looked at least five years old when compared to other boats we have chartered. The staff was very nice, but definitely understaffed with only one person completing check-outs and unfortunately none of the equipment we had rented was on the boat. This meant we were not able to complete our check-out until 9pm at night and were sorting through a pile of old, broken, and moldy equipment (snorkel gear, fishing pole, Hawaiian sling, etc). and left hauling it back to the boat ourselves. Thankfully the restaurant at the marina was open until 10pm so we managed to enjoy a cocktail and a delicious grouper sandwich before calling it a night.
We planned to leave the docks at 8am, but had to wait for the staff to find equipment we identified missing from the boat. We finally cast off the lines around 9am and were the first one out of the harbor, despite four other boats who had been stuck due to weather for the last two days and were still trying to rectify equipment issues on their boats. We had a five hour sail from Nassau to Highborne Cay and decided our hand at fishing along the way (no discernable bites, but our lure was missing when we went to pull the line in). We spent a night in a small anchorage along with two other boats and spent a few hours snorkeling and checking out the resident nurse sharks near the dock. We had hoped to grab dinner on shore, but they were closed for the evening. We fired up the grill and enjoyed our first meal on board watching the sunset.