Turks & Caicos

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Early in the morning, we took a last good look at Georgetown.
After the many months, we finally hauled anchor and departed Elizabeth Harbour. We took the southeast cut and headed to Cape Santa Maria.
We had originally planned to tuck in under the Cape but SW winds made the shallows roll. So we joined another vessel just around the point in smooth deep water.
Within the hour, we had more company.
After a pleasantly uneventful night, we departed for Rhum Cay. The weather was going to deteriorate so we skipped going out to Conception Island.
Typically, the islands are announced by a cloud layer visible long before land is actually sighted.
The anchorage at Rhum Cay is very open. Despite the surrounding reef, it rolls unmercifully.  Even tucked behind a secondary reef and with a swell-bridle applied, we rolled for two days. There is a small marina  here, but it was full.
From our cozy (rolling) hook position, we could see the town dock. It's really not setup for dinghies. Rather than watch the shore go up and down, we beached the dink and took shore-leave.
First glimpse of the oasis!
This was a very little store with surprisingly good meats. Commodities were limited and pricey, but it had a decent internet connection and really cold beer.
Wind and waves subsided, so we were off again and headed to Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana
Man oh man, is this place quiet. We had the place pretty well to ourselves. It was a 4 nm. dinghy ride into the settlement, so we hung out behind the reef to relax.
We anchored in about 15 ft. of crystal clear water and fired up the BBQ. It was time to sit out more stormy weather, so why not explore the reef for a couple of days?
When a frontal trough decided to park over the Turks, the wind and seas abated.  We opted for a nighttime departure for Sapodilla Bay, Providenciales, Caicos.
It was a brisk night passage with overcast skies clearing near sunrise. The  Sandbore Channel is purported to be a little tricky to enter but we found it quite straight forward following the GPS.
Sapodillo Bay is quite boring . We were just passing through the Turks and Caicos, so we purchased a week long permit and did not spend any time ashore. If you don't fish or go diving, there's not much to do and it's very expensive for everything here.
The next day, we high tailed it down to French Cay with the intention of staying a day or two.
Sea conditions were so benign that we continued right out onto the banks. We took the N2150' route across the banks.  Except for an occasional coral head to dodge, there was nothing to see but blue.
Instead of going into South Caicos, we chose to tuck in behind Long Cay. It was shallow, protected, pristine water and we had it all to ourselves for two days.  Only fishing skiffs zipped by in the morning and evening.
Six Hills Cay lies further in from the ocean and it rolls whereas we slept soundly in 25 knot easterlies. There is an unpublished dinghy lane on the backside into town; just follow the fishing skiffs to water, fuel, booze and groceries.
When the weather started to cooperate again, we took a leisurely sail over to Big Sand Cay.  This cuts about 25 nm. off the run to Luperon, Dominican Republic.
Big Sand Cay is so flat that it is really difficult to view at 4 miles off.
Even at 2 miles, it is hard to see.  Night arrival would be a little nerve wracking, but in this case, the GPS did not lie. Of course, the lighted beacon was not functioning.
We dropped anchor just off shore and settled down for the evening.  We were surprised (Sorry - no pictures.) when at twilight, the reef exploded with underwater fireworks. The glow worms were mating!