The weather forecasted a week of Easterly trade winds, so we took advantage of the window to head back to Long Island and then turn south toward the Jumentos/Raggeds.

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From the Explorer Charts:

The Ragged Islands are not just more southerly Exumas but rather unpopulated wilderness with only one tiny settlement…

Cruisers must be self-sufficient here; there is one settlement in the entire chain with few services.

I was a bit nervous about going to a place with very limited services, but Tig reminded me that it was no different than  the Berries. The Ragged Islands were even more wild and beautiful.

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Most of the time we had anchorages all to ourselves.

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Sea cave in Flamingo Cay

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An osprey flying over it’s nest.

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Some good shelling at the beach.

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And, of course, spear-fishing. V is his snorkeling buddy and spotter (for lobster, yummy fish and sharks).

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Tig speared a small queen triggerfish. At this point I have to mention that ciguatera is a real danger when eating reef fish. We’ve known a couple of people from our last cruise who came down with this foodborne illness. Tig sticks with smaller fish (the toxin bio-accumulates) and avoids all barracuda and jacks.

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