Southwinds January 2018

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Exploring Shroud Cay, Exumas, Bahamas By Paula Shur


Ken and our Portland Pudgy dinghy on the beach at north creek.


January 2018


xcept for our footprints, the gorgeous beach on the Exuma Sound side of Shroud Cay was undisturbed. My husband, Ken, and I could see each grain of sand in the vodka-clear water. The spectacular beauty delighted our senses. This was the moment when our month-long effort to sail Island Time, our Catalina 355, from Gulfport, FL, to the Exumas, came to fruition. I recalled my conversation with the dockhand two days earlier as we were leaving Palm Cay Marina on New Providence Island (where Nassau is), Bahamas, in early May 2016. “Where are you headed?” the friendly, young Bahamian asked me as he cast off our lines from the piling. “Exumas, if they actually exist.” “Oh, they exist. Make sure you explore my favorite place—the mangrove creeks on Shroud Cay. You can count each grain of sand through the water.” Shroud Cay lies near the north end of the island chain

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