Even when we are leaving somewhere as fabulous as West End, it is still a thrill to get underway. We’ve been in the Bay Islands for about 3 ½ months now and for the first time in a while we are heading into new waters and on our way to explore a new island.
We took advantage of a small weather window to travel to Guanaja. The long trip would charge up our batteries and we would arrive just as the winds were forecast to pick up. John ran to shore for some ice so we could fish along the way and I got the boat ready to leave. We were on our way by 8:30 a.m. and enjoyed a leisurely cruise.
We caught our one and only fish in about 100 feet of water as we entered the shallower water surrounding Guanaja. It felt a lot bigger than it was and took about 15 minutes to reel in. He turned out to be half a fish. Some larger fish had eaten the tail end so he didn’t glide through the water but came in like a dead weight.
Plan A had been to head for Graham’s Cay, a cool place we had heard about that provides free water and ice to boaters and had laundry washing facilities and internet. Those are a lot of features to find in the same place around here, believe me!
Plan B went into place when the wind picked up from the northeast, making the anchorage at Graham’s Cay uncomfortable. El Bight, about 5 miles away provides super wind protection from all directions and we are tucked in safe and sound along with about 4 or 5 sailboats.