Example Yacht Charter Itinerary – Tracking Columbus Exumas
The Bahamas Out-Islands from San Salvador to Crooked Island: (Fly into Georgetown in the Bahamas – A long sail and lots of Blue Water; hold on to your hat and bring a copy of Columbus’ logbook or “Diario” with you.)
1. DAY ONE: Leave Georgetown early by the Southern Entrance and head east towards the tip of Cape St. Maria, then on past Conception Island until you reach San Salvador on your chartered yacht from Taylor’d Yacht Charters. Anchor off Cockburn Town, on the lee side of the island, or tie up at Riding Rock Marina which now has 7 slips. We believe the controlling depth to enter the harbour is now 6.5 feet at low water. The anchorage is not that great so if you can get into the marina so much the better. There is a range to guide you in. Arrive early.
2. DAY TWO: Spend the day here. On San Salvador you can check out all the important Columbian stops, such as the simple white cross that marks Columbus’ landing place and the impressive monument on the other side of the island. The sheer historical significance is awesome.
3. DAY THREE: Leave early and head southwest to Rum Cay. This island was originally named Santa Maria de la Concepcion by Columbus and was his second stop in the “Indies”. Be careful entering the reef. It is pretty shallow, but there are usually some white markers. You can stay at Sumner Point Marina or simply anchor out behind the reef. Go ashore in the dinghy from your Taylor’d Yacht Charters yacht and have a few beers at Toby’s Bar or Kay’s. Not much going on here, except for some excellent diving on the wreck of the HMS Conqueror and about 60 wonderful Bahamian people to chat with.
4. DAY FOUR: Leave early and head southwest to Clarencetown on Long Island. Long Island was named Fernandina by Columbus, although he bypassed this harbor on his way down. It is definitely worth a visit. You can either tie up at at the Flying Fish Marina or anchor out in the lee of Strachan Cay. Be careful going in and out of this harbor in a blow. Just as a note of interest, when Columbus left Rum Cay, he headed basically west to Cape Santa Maria and around the Cape to Calabash Bay where he anchored. You can rent a small car or Moped in Clarencetown and visit this area, including Stella Maris Resort and Marina. There are two magnificent old churches in Clarencetown. These are St. Paul’s Anglican Church and St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Both were designed by Father Jerome, an architect and religious figure well known and respected in the Bahamas.
5. DAY FIVE: Leave early and head east to Bird Rock on Crooked Island. Columbus named this island Isabela, after the Queen of Spain. Head south down the lee shore of Crooked Island to French Wells where Admiral Columbus anchored, traded, and ate a few “Hutias”, the original rodent-like fauna of the Bahamas. Anchor in the lee of Gun Point, and if you’re a fisherman, DO go after the fattest bonefish and the meanest tarpon.
6.DAY SIX: Leave extra early, head north back towards Long island and Cape St. Maria. Go around the Cape and anchor in Calabash Bay. This was Columbus’ third stop after San Salvador and Rum Key. Relax on your last day before heading back to Georgetown.