In the Tobago Cays there is a reef by the name “World’s End”. Those of you who know us, know that we are movie buffs. So when we heard “World’s End” and that an Island we could see from Amara, was where one of the Pirates movies was filmed, we had to get there! In the movie Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan are marooned on this island. They only get off because it was where the rum runners stored the rum. How could we be so close and not walk on the “set” where Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightly were filmed? Besides maybe we could find some rum. Looking over to the island from our boat, the trip looked innocent enough. We have traveled in our dinghy further. The palm trees were waving innocently in the distance. Sure there was a reef and water in between. We are used to traveling by water. So no problem, right?
We called up the crew on “Someday”, Zim and Kim, and invited them to join us on our “Journey to World’s End”. They too are movie fans and thought it would be fun to “circumnavigate” another island together. We picked them up on T/T Amara, our inflatable dinghy, we also call “Tamara” for short. The Horse Shoe reef that stood between Amara and the island creating this peaceful, calm anchorage for Amara. We knew the reef would be in the way of our path to the Island. We understood it got very shallow in places and there was a cut were we could nagotiate the dinghy through to the other side of the reef. We knew finding that cut would be a challenge, so we brought along our trusted I-Pad complete with Navionics Nautical Chart Apps and it’s Global Positioning System. We placed the I-Pad in not one, but two waterproof cases. Getting water in a dinghy is expected when you plan to go snorkeling. So we packed up our snorkel gear, shoes for walking, some fresh water for drinking. We had charted out our course. We even checked the tide tables to be sure we were not going to cross during low tide. We thought we were ready for our journey. We even went ahead and asked directions when we saw a local. Boy, as I glad we did. Just after getting directions, I discover our “two forms of protection” for our I-Pad had caused it to over heat and shut itself off. So with Rick at the helm and all of us sea fearing crew navigating carefully, we found our way safely through the reef on to the dark Blue water.
Oh, yes, dark blue water, the “deep blue”, that dark blue color that indicates that the water is DEEP. Did I mention it wasn’t until then that it occurred to me that that the water got really deep there? Also, the surface of the water went from basically flat to 2-3 foot waves. This is when Rick asks “Is everyone aboard OK with this?” hmm, I look around, I am on a very small boat on what amounted to the open sea. The deep, vast, open sea, did I mention deep water? Hmmm, how do I answer that question, especially when it is followed by “since we all have our life jackets on.” Meaning, for those of you who do not know Rick’s sense of humor, that none of us had thought to wear a life jacket. Hmm, what we were doing could become dangerous. Given the right or is that wrong set of circumstances it could become deadly in an instant. The prudent sailor would be wearing her life jacket any time she is on a boat, but especially when she was on a small INFLATABLE boat on the OPEN Ocean. Was I comfortable? Hmmmm. Now, that you bring that up… I took a deep breath. I remembered how the day before when I went swimming without my fins on my feet. I could hardly force myself below the surface of the water. I am so buoyant in salt water it is ridiculous. The swell as it was called, that being the distance between the waves, was not bad. The little boat with its excellent captain at the helm was riding along without a lot of splash. I took another deep breath. Yes, I am not entirely comfortable. Yes, I could think of things I would have, could have done better (like wearing life jackets or bringing the portable VHF radio); that would make this journey safer. But looking around all I saw was blue sky. I knew the forecast was for lessening winds. We were still discussing the situation when Rick announced it was time to start looking for a spot to beach the dinghy. We had to look hard along the shoreline for a piece of beach without coral. Dragging the dinghy across coral could harm both the dinghy and the coral. We found a perfect little, and I do mean little spot. While Captain Rick turned off the motor and raised it out of the water, the rest of us jumped out and started pulling it safely to shore. Mission accomplished.
We headed down the beach to the area where the palm trees waved. The area we recalled as the location of the rum stores in the movie. As all good filmmakers should do, they did not leave a trace. There were no obvious scars on the land. There was also no the bottles of rum, darn it. Although there were some places with piles of palm branches that could have been part of it, but no real signs of the film set or the rum remained. We completed our second land circumnavigation, this time much more quickly and without running out of water. Then headed back to enjoy some amazing snorkeling, very happy to have made it to the “World’s End” and back again to tell the tale.