C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Culprit & Soldier Cay

While preparing to set sail up the inside of Hoffman Cay and complete our trek up the inside of the Berry Islands, we came across the source of the whooshing explosion of air that roused us from dinner a few days ago.  No it was not Rosebud.  No not the fuel can on deck. 

My PFD finally succumb to the humidity and the CO2 cartridge fired off in the cockpit locker. 

We sailed off anchor and make good time northward on a broad reach under the genny.  Rounding the westernmost tip of Hoffman we fell onto a run.  Not wanting to risk a jibe in the narrow channel with the craggy shore of Hoffmans Cay 20 feet off our starboard rail waves breaking on a sand bar just a bit further off our port side, we started the engine.  The remainder of our short hop  to Soldier Cay we motor sailed.

Soldier is crescent shape with a small cut between it and Fish Market Cay to the north.  A calm weather  anchorage can be found in the arc of the crescent.  Unfortunately the surge between the cays kept us rolling during the ebbing tides.

Anne on Soldier Cay with C'est la Vie on anchor in background.
We arrived early in the day and had plenty of time to explore the island and do some snorkeling along shore.

Fish Market Cay and Soldier Cay mark the end of the navigable water along the inside route.  Based on the weather reports we are getting from NOAA out of the West Palm Beach area, I expecting the winds to calm and clock around to a more southerly direction tomorrow.  If this is what we observe in the morning then we plan to cross the Northwest Providence Channel tomorrow and provision in Spanish Wells a day later.  

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