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Incident at Warderick Wells Boarded in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park By Bruce Matlack

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y best guess is that we attracted attention and frowns by arriving through their seldomused back door, coming in over the sandy shallows in our old, quarterinch-thick plywood trimaran, instead of following the channel markers in front of park headquarters. Things went downhill from there. It was February. We were cruising in the Exuma islands chain, coming into Warderick Wells cay, the headquarters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park—the world’s first land and sea park, created in 1958. It lies about 125 miles southwest of Nassau. My 46-year-old Searunner 31 trimaran, Scrimshaw, floats at about two and a half feet, so my son and I decided to “go for it over the sands” on a rising tide—with a bump here ‘n there expected. But it was saving us from beating to weather another hour or so to arrive fashionably and normally at their front door. They did not know of our arrival plans because we could not raise them via VHF, email or phone. It was rough going getting there in an excess +of 20 knots of wind, so I can’t say we gave it a big priority check on the things-to-do list. We snagged a plain white mooring ball, and set our usual “Y” lines from both float bows so as not to swing about and maintain a small footprint between two other

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An anchorage at Warderick Wells, park headquarters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

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