THREE GINGERALES! Three giant lobster tails for three Gingerales! We left our conch city behind the reef with Azonic, and headed to Cayo Sal. Our nickname: Cheap Lobster Bay. We caught four fish, released two (one of which I guess we kind of saved by catching it because there was a baby nurse shark chasing it as we reeled it in) and almost got a giant blue runner but it snapped the line right as we where reaching down to grab it. Our fishing frenzy finally ended (we had a zipping reel every 10 seconds) as we were coming into the bay (Cheap Lobster Bay). We took some time anchoring because the bottom was grassy but I finally got to get in. We spent the rest of the day swimming around and checking out the coral. Toward the end of the day, three fishermen came over and offered us giant lobsters and we bought three tails for THREE GINGERALES! I guess you know how the bay got its name! Tomorrow night we will be headed to mainland Cuba!
WE. ARE. IN. CUBA! We had another really calm crossing, this time from Caymans to Cuba, and are sitting in an anchorage behind a reef. This is actually our third day in Cuba and our first two days we spent at the marina, getting checked in and getting some Cuban money (or actually, getting some of the Cuban tourist money called CUC, pronounced “kūk”, the real Cuban money is called pesos but tourists are not supposed to use those, although one of the check in guys gave me some for my coin collection). Cayo Largo is a resort island and none of the cubans are aloud to live there. So we are now in the “anchorage” behind the reef. I say “anchorage” because it’s not actually an anchorage, we are just anchoring here because it is supposed to have good coral, and as we found out yesterday there are hundreds of conch. We made conch salad.
Yesterday a pod of dolphins came up right next to us and I got to swim with them. They didn’t let me touch them but it was fun watching them swim around me and feel there squeaks and clicks bounce off of me in the water. It was amazing how strong the sounds where and I could tell when they where close. The pod had split up into two groups so I only saw half of the dolphins , there where two babies and three adults, the babies would come and blow bubbles at me and look at me upside-down. They loved it when I went below the surface, pointed my snorkel at them, and blew a hard stream of bubbles, making them twirl around. the dolphins would swim in circles and dash at the bubbles that I blew.
Today we are staying in this so called anchorage and are waiting for a weather window to go to to main land Cuba.
After 10 days in Providencia, we decided on a calm weather window for the longest over-night of our trip. A four day and four night sail from Providencia to Caymans. It was only supposed to be three days but we decided to stop at a magnificent reef about 10 miles out to snorkel. We stayed the night there but started out again after only a few hours of sleep, so we counted the 10 miles as part of the trip and added one more day to the three days making it our longest over night we have ever done. The trip was very boring and all we really saw was two dolphins at the end of the trip (not counting the giant flying fish that flew out from under our boat). The waters were very calm and the roughest part was on a shallow bank about half way through the trip (it wasn't actually shallow since it was still 100 ft. deep, but it was the shallowest part of the whole trip and was naturally rougher). We arrived the day before yesterday and moored in George Town. After a night there we moved to a marina on the other side of the island in the sound (a giant bay where it is ether too deep to anchor, you aren’t allowed to anchor, or its too shallow to go out of the channel because there is ether grass beds, sand banks, or coral flats). We will be in the Caymans for a while and my brother Kyle is coming down to visit tomorrow.