the Degree Confluence Project

Turks and Caicos Islands

6.5 km (4.0 miles) NNW of Whitby, North Caicos Island, Turks and Caicos Islands
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 22°S 108°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: West view #3: North view #4: East view #5: Confluence point #6: Atlantic swell is scary from a small dinghy - we couldn't see far

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  22°N 72°W  

#1: South view

(visited by Richard Braine)

08-Dec-2006 --

We set off from 21° 53' 02" N 72° 05' 14" W, the marina half way along the channel between Pine Cay and Fort George, on the North Western side of the Caicos Bank, Turks and Caicos Islands.

We were able to find a gap in the breakers on the reef around 21° 53' 05" N 72° 06' 50" W, and reached the confluence by speeding along outside the reef using the breakers as a guide. It's not always easy to spot breakers from behind so we had to be a bit watchful not to steer into them. The sea was quite calm but as we headed round to the confluence which is about two and a half miles North of the Northernmost shore of North Caicos, a place known as the Prospect of Whitby, we emerged from the shelter of the islands and the swell grew steadily to around 10 feet. At a guess, the wavelength was 50 yards odd, so we powered over the hills and into the vales in thrilling swoops with a few crest falls and splats until we reached the confluence. From a small whaler in the trough of a ten foot swell the looming waves seemed ominous. It was hard to grasp the scale of the vast water, heaving gracefully by, and there was an eerie quiet as the distant land sunk out of view and rose again.

We manoevred around trying to get a perfect reading. With a breeze nudging the boat towards the West, it took about twenty minutes, but we eventually got 22° 00' 00" N and 72° 00' 00" W. Call us fussy, but we hadn't brought fishing tackle and there wasn't much else to do at 22°/72°.

The coast near the Prospect of Whitby on North Caicos is visible in the distance to the South. In all other directions there is only open sea.

More information and photographs are available here.

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#1: South view
#2: West view
#3: North view
#4: East view
#5: Confluence point
#6: Atlantic swell is scary from a small dinghy - we couldn't see far
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Offshore but with a view of land.