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Spring Edition 2014

In This Issue •  Meet three generations of the Pinder family — legendary guides at Deep Water Cay since 1958. •  Take a tour through Deep Water Cay’s incredible renovations. •  The Deep Water Cay culinary team shares the secret to a perfect Chocolate Velvet Pound Cake. •  Flip Pallot takes New York City by storm. •  Longtime guest catches largest bonefish of the season. 

It’s all right here in this issue of Currents.

Molding the next generation: 5-year-old Michael Glinton, Meko’s son, gets a lesson from Flip Pallot.

Meko (bottom left) and his grandfather David Pinder

A legendary lineage: the Pinders and Glintons By Mark Johnson When Gil Drake and A.J. McClane showed up on the beaches of Deep Water Cay in the mid-1950s, fly-fishing for bonefish was essentially an unknown art form. Bahamian fishermen used nets to harvest bonefish, and the idea of stalking and catching them one-by-one using a fly rod was inefficient at best and downright odd at worst.

Pinder saw opportunity. As he helped Gil and A.J. clear the thick mangrove waterways and forests of the overgrown cay, David took note as the anglers enticed their fellow sportsmen from the mainland with the promise of an unmatched fishing challenge — pursuing the powerful and wily bonefish with a bamboo fly rod.

But where many local anglers saw folly, a young fisherman from McLean’s Town named David

“David was a smart guy and he quietly taught himself how to fly-fish,” says Dana Dribben, Deep Water

Cay Director of Sales. “Before long, he had made himself into an indispensible guide and a pioneer in the business.” By the late 1960s, David had helped put Deep Water Cay on the map as arguably the world’s most prolific bonefishing location. He had become synonymous with the sport and was requested by practically every angler who visited the cay. His sons — David Jr., William, and Joseph — quickly

adopted their father’s line of work and became renowned guides themselves. In the mid-1990s, the second generation of guiding Pinders branched into neighboring Bahamian islands to launch new bonefishing endeavors. But David Sr. remained at Deep Water Cay. And his new protégé was his own grandson, Okemo “Meko” Glinton. “I graduated high school in 1996, just about the time my uncles started their own businesses and left Deep Water Cay,” says Meko. “My father, Stanley, was also a very successful guide there for a number of years. The manager at the time needed a new guide and he was familiar with my background, so he invited me over.” Meko was placed with experienced guide Mervin Thomas for a four-day training session. “Over those four days, Mervin taught me quite a lot,” Meko recalls. “On the fifth morning, I went fishing with the manager and we caught four consecutive fish — boom, boom, boom, boom! He said, ‘Come to the office tomorrow and I’ll have your uniform ready.’ That’s how I started.” Under the tutelage of David Sr. and Mervin, Meko began building his own legacy as a guide, and has since become the most-requested of Deep Water Cay’s guiding corps. From legendary angler and TV personality Flip Pallot to Oscar Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson, Meko has

guided some of the most devoted and talented fishermen and women in the world, and helped them reel in the elusive bonefish.

masseuse at the resort, and his mother and aunt — Ludell and Delcina Glinton, respectively — handle various duties in the 4-star restaurant.

“One of my favorite aspects of my job is the people I meet,” says Meko. “They are always so interesting, whether famous or not. Many have become lifelong friends.”

“The Pinders and the Glintons have always been and continue to be an integral part of Deep Water Cay,” says Dana. “From David Sr. to Ludell to Meko … I can’t imagine this place without those influences.”

Meko also points to the otherworldly beauty of his daily “commute” as another cherished perk of his guiding career. “Everyday when I go to my ‘office,’ I get to experience the beauty of nature,” he explains. “The color of the water and the sky is always amazing. Honestly, it never really seems like a job at all, and to be doing something that you really, wholeheartedly love to do is really a blessing.” Work and pleasure have blurred lines for the DWC guide, because he is reputed to be one of the area’s best bonefishermen himself, having been named the Bahamian champ since 2003. The iconic fly-fishing outfitter, Vermont-based Orvis, even began retailing one of Meko’s own flies — the “Meko Special” — in 2002 after the organization’s president, Perk Perkins, spent a wildly productive day in the flats with the young guide. The company has recently released its successor, the “M2.” But despite all of his many accolades, Meko says it’s the family nature of Deep Water Cay that means the most to him. His wife, Samantha, works as a

Meko adds that he’s never had another job, and he “wouldn’t have it any other way.” “It’s almost like the art of guiding in these waters is in my blood,” says Meko. “To do something that my father and uncles and grandfather did makes it very special to me. And now, I see that love growing in my 5-year-old son, Michael. He’s already passionate about fishing and has a real natural talent with a fly rod. I can see it in his eyes; the future is good and bright. And for these amazing gifts, we have my grandfather, David Sr., to thank. I’ll be forever grateful.”   Click here to learn more about the “Meko Special” and “M2” flies.

The new Deep Water Cay is Unveiled By Mark Johnson

The Lodge at Deep Water Cay

The Blue Hole & Infinity Pool With the completion of an exciting series of renovations, Deep Water Cay’s guest accommodations are now a perfect complement to its unmatched natural beauty, assuring a resounding “Wow!” from visitors both indoors and out. Early last year, Charleston-based interior designer Allison Elebash was tapped to coordinate the renovation of several of the resort’s existing structures, including its Lodge, the Drake and the Founders Houses, the Blue Hole Bar, and the seven original guest cottages. “All of these accommodations were chock full of history and charm; we just needed to give them a breath of fresh air,” says Allison, who also designed interiors at Christophe Harbor in St. Kitts in 2008. “I’m very pleased with the results.”

The Blue Hole Bar & Grill Allison says that the first order of business was to address the Lodge, the Drake House, and the Blue Hole Bar.     Each was made over with a Caribbean flair, including new paint, décor, accessories, and porcelain tile flooring. Allison created a feeling of more space in the Lodge by replacing the existing doors with taller French doors and swapping the old windows with new, larger ones, as well as totally renovating the bathrooms. The Blue Hole Bar also received a new serving area and it features a custom-designed bar top. Allison’s refreshed treatment of the guest cottages was the final step in coordinating the overall design. “We didn’t change anything structurally in the West End Bedroom cottages,” she explains. “Instead, we

gave all the interiors a fresh coat of paint, installed new plantation shutters, and added sea-grass rugs, bathroom accessories, and new bedding and lighting throughout.” The designer says that by taking these relatively small steps, a “giant leap” was achieved in aesthetics. “It’s really amazing how new paint and updated furnishings can entirely change the look and feel of a place,” says Allison. “We retained that old-style cottage charm and heritage of Deep Water Cay, but also brought it into the 21st century. And that’s a good thing!”

At Deep Water Cay we wanted to create airy spaces that evoke the Bahamas with modern elements and dramatic accents of color.

Step Inside the Lodge’s Dramatic Entryway

A Starry Nighttime Stroll Lights a Path to the Lodge

Celebrate Special Occasions in the Private Dining Area

The Billiards Room Offers a Relaxing Diversion

Casual Beachside Master Bedroom

Here, Guests Enjoy Maximum Privacy

A Place to Cook or Enjoy a Chef-Prepared Meal

A stay in the Gumbo Limbo House leaves guests inspired. With stunning oceanfront views and plenty of room for privacy, the setting is perfect.

Gumbo Limbo House: 3 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms

Royal Poinciana represents an exceptional ownership opportunity directly on Deep Water Cay’s crystalline waters. It works ideally for fishing buddies and families alike.

Royal Poinciana House: 3 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms

Bahamian Charm Inside and Out

Lunch in Your Eat-in Kitchen

Turquoise Accents Extend to the Bedroom

Founders House: 2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms

Gentle Ocean Breezes Will Put You Right to Sleep

Spacious, Airy and Right on the Ocean

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Living Rooms Provide an Inviting Bahamian Style

Drake House: 2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms

Unwind After a Day on the Water

The Guest Cottages at Dusk

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“We retained an old-style charm and blend true to the Bahamas’ roots with modern elements of Bahamian heritage.” Allison Elebash

Deep Water Cay events – above and below the water line. By Steve Olshansky Dana Dribben & Flip Pallot

On February 16th, Deep Water Cay hosted a once-in-a-lifetime event at the Urban Angler fly-fishing shop in New York City, with Flip Pallot as the main attraction. Fly-fishing enthusiasts attended a very special evening with Flip and heard his incredible tales of bonefishing in the Bahamas. “It was a great mix of people,” says Dana Dribben, Deep Water Cay’s Director of Sales. “There were many folks who had been to Deep Water Cay before and a good bunch who were being introduced to our property for the first time,” he adds. Flip presented an engaging slideshow of his experiences at Deep Water Cay over the years and told many fascinating and humorous stories. He spoke of fishing at Deep Water Cay at a young age alongside David Pinder Sr., Deep Water’s first guide, and the thrill of learning from a master. He also described the intimate bond that often develops between an angler and a guide, sharing numerous anecdotes of his own guiding experiences. Jon Fisher, Urban Angler’s General Manager says, “To get a legend like Flip Pallot to come and speak at our store was just huge. We’re looking forward to many more nights like this in the future.”

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Swim with Schools of Fish on Pristine Reefs

Also, Deep Water Cay’s events aren’t limited to just fishing. Recently, Scuba Nation, a syndicated Florida-based show as well as the nationally syndicated Scuba Radio, had an opportunity to spend three days at Deep Water Cay — mostly underwater. The crew explored Deep Water Cay’s reefs and blue holes and even helped to name a few new dive spots. “The diving is right up there with the best of the Caribbean,” said Greg Holt of Scuba Radio. “You can explore undiscovered reefs, swim with schools of fish, and enjoy some of the best diving amenities found anywhere,” added Billy Catoggio, founder Scuba Nation. All in all, it was a memorable few days of diving, filming, and more diving.

 Deep Water Cay at Urban Angler, New York, NY

Exploring New Dive Sites

Fishing legends, the Bonefish Bonnies, and more! Here is a list of upcoming Deep Water Cay events. We hope to see you at one soon.

Contact Deep Water Cay for more information or to attend an event. — — Deep Water Cay Visits Nashville, Tennessee Location: Fly South, Nashville, TN Details: Deep Water Cay is proud to be a part of an upcoming presentation on “Bonefishing in the Bahamas” at Fly South — Nashville’s premier fly-fishing shop. Fly South and their guides have decades of experience outfitting, guiding and teaching anglers in the Mid-South. With special guests sharing stories from Deep Water Cay, this event is sure to be a great experience for anglers of all types.

Deep Water Cay Visits Charlotte, NC Location: Premier Community Foundation Date: Thursday, June 5th. Details: Join Deep Water Cay and Premier Sotheby’s Real Estate for an intimate gathering in the Charlotte area. Deep Water Cay will be on hand at this wonderful event in support of the Premier Community Foundation.

Guests Come From All Around

So Many Sea Creatures to Discover

Morning at Deep Water Cay

Gearing Up For a Day on the Flats Deep Water Cay Visits Atlanta, Georgia Location: The Fish Hawk, Atlanta, GA Details: The Deep Water Cay team will head to Georgia’s premier fly-fishing shop to present an exciting multimedia event all about bonefishing in the Bahamas. The evening will consisting of stories, anecdotes, pictures and videos all about our oneof-a-kind island and the recent renovations that have taken place there. If you are in the Atlanta area, come out and meet others who share your passion and have been coming to Deep Water Cay for years. Cocktails and refreshments will be served.

The Bonefish Bonnies Return to Deep Water Cay Location: Deep Water Cay Details: This May, Deep Water Cay will host a reunion with a unique group of women who call themselves the ‘Bonefish Bonnies.’ This all-female bonefishing group, based out of the Ocean Reef Country Club in Key Largo, FL, was a mainstay at Deep Water Cay for close to 25 years. Now, after being absent from Deep Water for the last few years, we are thrilled to welcome them back and look forward to showing them all that the new Deep Water Cay has to offer. Look for pictures from what’s sure to be a memorable event on our Facebook page soon.

Deep Water Cay Record Bonefish of the Season Jim Easterling holds a 14.6 pound bonefish caught at Deep Water Cay. Landed the last weekend of March, the bone was the largest that our long-tenured guide, Meko Glinton, has seen caught on a fly in his 18 years of guiding.

Jim Easterling with The Prize Bonefish

So Much More Is Still To Come At Deep Water Cay

Over the following months please keep an eye out for some very significant news about new residential offerings and amenities at Deep Water Cay. Deep Water Cay is working with an incredible hospitality development and design team that includes acclaimed architect, Steve Mauzoun of Studio Sky and Douglas Welles of Welles Construction. Studio Sky’s architectural philosophies are very respectful of the nature of the surroundings. Mazoun said much of their work has been focused on the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and the US Gulf Coast, and in these regions, the climate, culture, and conditions are quite similar.

“The indigenous architecture that grew up in each of these places bears a striking resemblance to the other architecture of what we now call the “Caribbean Rim.” The US Gulf Coast, of course, does not border the Caribbean Sea, but the heat, humidity, and heritage that is a gumbo of French, Spanish, and English predecessors is quite similar… and so is the architecture,” said Mazoun. “We believe the lessons learned from respecting a regional context can be useful in other parts of the world as well. That, after all, should be what we export: not a style, but a respectful design methodology.”

WCI has been providing development and project management services to clients in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. Past projects include: The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, The Remington-Houston, Hotel Bel Air-Los Angeles, Hyatt Regency Kauai, L’Ermitage-Beverly Hills, Boca Raton Hotel & Club, Boca Raton, Florida, The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Spa & Club, Reynolds Plantation, Georgia, The Ritz Carlton, Ft Lauderdale.

Douglas Welles and his team at Welles Construction are assisting in the conceptual planning for the new projects at Deep Water Cay.

Please visit to be among the first to learn more.

Over the following months Deep Water Cay will be providing more exciting information on these progressing residential and amenity concepts.

Recent Happenings — March 12, 2014, Bonefishing Buddies & Members Reunion

The new Deep Water Cay is truly something to behold. Whether you fish or not, this ultra-private, 5-star island retreat will allow you and your family to escape to a different and simpler kind of paradise.

To request more information or to make a reservation, please call 888-420-6202 or visit online at If you’re interested in private ownership, please contact us at

From Our Chef

Chocolate Velvet Pound Cake With Dark Chocolate Ganache For the Pound Cake:

•  1½ sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened   (65° to 68° F) •  1¼ cups (10 ounces) sugar •  1 teaspoon water, at room temperature •  2 teaspoons instant espresso powder,   such as Medaglia d’Oro •  3 large eggs, at room temperature •  1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour •  ½ cup unsifted unsweetened Dutch-process   cocoa powder •  ¼ teaspoon baking powder •  Pinch of salt •  ½ cup (4 ounces) buttermilk, at room temperature

For the Ganache:

•  12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate   (up to 60 percent cacao), finely chopped •  1½ cups (12 ounces) heavy whipping cream Makes enough for a 2-layer, 9-inch cake or   16 cupcakes

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Position rack in lower third of the oven. On low speed with an electric mixer, mix the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly combined. Add the softened butter and. Set a timer for 2 minutes as you begin beating on medium speed. As soon as the dry ingredients are moistened, increase the speed to high and continue mixing until the 2 minutes are up. Stir the espresso powder into the mixture. Add the buttermilk and water to the batter. Beat at high speed for exactly 2 more minutes. Scrape the batter into the pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or just until a thin wooden skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for ten minutes before unmolding on the rack to cool completely. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.

For the ganache: In a saucepan, combine the chopped cocoa with the heavy whipping cream. Use a wooden spoon to stir and form a smooth paste. over medium heat until mixture simmers, and finally begins to boil, stirring constantly and scraping the sides and bottom edges of the saucepan. Boil gently for 1½ minutes, stirring constantly. Cool to room temperature. Spoon glaze over cake, covering all sides.

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Visit us online to learn more about all of the exciting things happening on the cay. To request information about homeownership opportunities, contact: | 888-420-6202

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