Leeway II

Fulfilling a life-long dream of cruising the oceans in our own boat. Join us as we travel in our classic 1984 Alberg 37 Yawl

31 March 2014 | Hopetown to Man O War
31 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos
11 March 2014 | Marsh Harbour
28 February 2014 | Man O War Cay
28 February 2014 | Marsh Harbour
17 February 2014 | Man O War Cay
09 February 2014 | Treasure Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
31 January 2014 | White Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
30 December 2013 | Indiantown
03 November 2013 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
26 February 2013 | Riviera Beach Marina, West Palm Beach, Florida
27 December 2012 | Stuart, Florida
17 October 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
28 June 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
20 May 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
07 May 2012 | Indiantown, Florida
28 April 2012 | West End, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

Finally! In The Bahamas

31 January 2014 | White Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
Cindy
Well, we finally made it to the Bahamas! After a two week setback at Indiantown (our "dripless" shaft seal was dripping and had to be replaced) we made it over to the Bahamas. We left Lake Worth at West Palm Beach on Sunday, January 26th and crossed the gulf stream in pretty much benign conditions. It was a little rolly, but virtually no wind. We arrived on the Bahama bank at about 4:30 in the afternoon and motored on to a little deserted cay called Mangrove Cay, arriving at 9:30 pm in the dark. We set the anchor and settled in with a well deserved toddy and then to bed. The night was idyllic. No wind and flat calm.

Monday we awoke to a glorious day - sunny, flat seas and no wind - not a breath. No sailing today. We motored all day and put the anchor down at Crab Cay just before a gorgeous sunset greeted us. On the way, we watched dolphins play in our bow wake and swim along side the boat. The water was so crystal clear, that you could see star fish, turtles, barracuda and the odd conch. It was another peaceful night at anchor. We wanted to leave Crab Cay a little later in the morning to catch a rising tide at Green Turtle Cay, so we weren't in a hurry to get moving and enjoyed a glorious sunrise and coffee in the cockpit. Just as we were leaving the anchorage, our "buddy boat" that was travelling with us ran hard aground on a shoal. The tide was still falling, so we ended up re-anchoring and waiting for a few hours for the tide to rise. At about 2:00 pm, the tide rose enough that with a little help from Wayne in the dinghy, they were able to get off the shoal and we were on our way again. It was another motoring day and we arrived in Green Turtle Cay about 5:00 pm.

Wednesday morning we took the dinghy to New Plymouth to clear customs. With the official paperwork completed, we explored the town on foot and thoroughly enjoyed walking the streets and checking out the different establishments. A cold beer at a local bar (it only has 5 bar stools and 1 table), and the purchase of some fresh conch salad and off we went back to the boat. New Plymouth is a quaint little town with quite a few restaurants, 3 grocery stores, a couple of liquor stores, two hardware stores and an assortment of other little shops. Steeped in history, the town has a unique memorial garden with bronze busts of the people who helped the community prosper. The entire Cay has a population of about 500 people and is very picturesque. We've posted some pictures in the gallery for you to view. The lead picture is Leeway anchored in White Sound with our buddy boat Groovin in the background.

Thursday we paired up with Chris and Elizabeth from the buddy boat and rented a golf cart. That is the best way to explore the island. We picked it up in the morning and toured the entire island, stopping at little restaurants for a snack or a beer, to look at the amazing beaches on the Atlantic side of the island, and just touring the roads. It was a little different driving on the left side of the road, but since Wayne has been here before, he was our driver and played tour guide and kept us on the proper side of the road. It was a great day and a wonderful way to explore this quaint little piece of heaven.

We're going to sit here for a few days enjoying the weather (it's been in the 80's) and likely move somewhere new on Monday. But then again, maybe not. Hey, it's the Bahamas - where the beaches are white but it's not snow!!
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Vessel Name: Leeway II
Vessel Make/Model: 1984 Alberg 37' Yawl
Hailing Port: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Crew: Wayne & Cindy Milroy
About:
Wayne & Cindy Milroy have been sailing and cruising on Lake Ontario for nearly twenty-five years. Since shortly after joining forces in life, we nurtured the dream to go cruising on our own sailboat “where the butter always melts”. [...]
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We will use this blog to share our escapades as we go wandering about. We’ll try to keep our family updated on our whereabouts and convince them that we are safe; we’ll share the excitement and wonder of our adventures with friends who supported our dreams throughout the years; and, we’ll [...]
Leeway II's Photos - Main
8 Photos
Created 19 March 2014
Abacos 2014
16 Photos
Created 31 January 2014
Work & Fun in the Sun
27 Photos
Created 24 February 2012
Exploring the Abacos
110 Photos
Created 11 February 2012
Tales from our land-locked summer
20 Photos
Created 13 September 2011
Getting settled before hurricane season
25 Photos
Created 13 September 2011
Miami, Ft. Lauderdale & Area
82 Photos
Created 16 February 2011
Enjoying Stuart and area
35 Photos
Created 7 January 2011
Melbourne, Vero Beach & More
29 Photos
Created 27 December 2010
St. Augustine & Northern Florida
27 Photos
Created 8 December 2010
Peaches..and much more
27 Photos
Created 8 December 2010
The Palmetto State
67 Photos
Created 16 November 2010
Entering the low country
38 Photos
Created 1 November 2010
Beginning of the ICW
37 Photos
Created 31 October 2010
Self-proclaimed sailing capital of the nation
20 Photos
Created 14 October 2010
Long stretchs of open water
11 Photos
Created 14 October 2010
It's true - this city never sleeps
32 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
Moving South down the interior of the USA
38 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
Cruising east towards the Hudson River
40 Photos
Created 19 September 2010
Travels through the Oswego River & Canal
16 Photos
Created 13 September 2010
Our 1st Cruising Boat
8 Photos
Created 24 February 2010
Photos of the Boat
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 24 February 2010

Leeway's Crew

Who: Wayne & Cindy Milroy
Port: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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