Big Major to Little Farmers Cay
Making our way towards Emerald Bay Marina... Plan to stay in Little Farmers for our next weather window. Dan and I enjoyed our stay with Dog's Life (Zack and Ann) and Terry at the Ocean Cabin. After an afternoon of diving, we were able to enjoy two fresh lobsters for dinner and relax under our colorful Christmas lights.
Little Farmers to Emerald Bay Marina, Great Exuma Islands
Plan to dock Chinook until January 10, 2008. Dan and I are returning to home for the holidays. Emerald Bay Marina is new facility with the works...10 loads of laundry later and Chinook was almost clean! December 22nd, we departed for Chicago leaving behind 90-degree weather.
Happy New Year! Dan and I would like to thank our family and friends for a wonderful holiday season! Additionally, huge thanks go out to our parents for providing us with the comforts of home, love you! We have returned to Chinook in Emerald Bay Marina. We plan to provision and move toward George Town, we will be welcoming our first guest aboard Chinook.
Emerald Bay Marina to Stocking Island, Volleyball Beach
Upon our arrival to Volleyball beach, we were welcomed by our sailing friends' Dog's Life and Hot-Latte-Tude...Conch horns and full moons. Ah, it is great to be back! Setting our hook off Volleyball Beach, we had a couple of hours to meet with our friends for sundowners before picking up John and Kathy at the Peace and Plenty. John and Kathy will be staying aboard until January 21st.
Stocking Island to Calabash Bay, Long Island
After several days in George Town, we set sail for Long Island. John and Kathy were able to enjoy their first sail aboard Chinook. After beautiful 5 hour sail, we set our hook in Calabash Bay, near the Santa Maria Club. For three relaxing days, we were able to explore the island in solitude. We spent afternoons hiking, swimming and hunting for lobsters... No bugs could be found in Calabash Bay!
Calabash Bay to Stocking Island, Volleyball beach
Our return to Volleyball beach included another beautiful sail at 7 kts, hoping to set our hook before a front moves into George Town. The sun has been shining for John and Kathy's vacation! As John quoted, "We have been mellowing enjoying ourselves!"
Allens Cay to Normans Cay
We enjoyed an overnight visit to Normans Cay. Island is known for its drug running days. We were able to enjoy a partially submerged air craft in 6ft of water, next to our anchorage.
Normans Cay to Warderick Wells, Exuma Land and Sea Park
Exuma Land and Sea Park, 22miles and 176 sq.ft. of protected sea life. Hooked Chinook onto a mooring for the next four days and enjoyed bonfires on the beach for happy hour. We have met a group of sailors (Kiva, Dog's Life, First Nanny, Hot Latitudes and Why Knot). Needless to say...Dan and I are enjoying ourselves. Along with bonfires, we have been able to get in some hiking and woodworking.
Waderick Wells to Cambridge Cay (Little Bell)
We sailed with West winds (7.5 kts) on the Atlantic Side to Cambridge Cay, still located inside park headquarters.
Cambridge Cay to Sampson Cay
We needed fuel for our dinghy, so we let the park (no services)... However, during our adventure, we met up with our sundowner friends.
Sampson Cay to Staniel Cay (Big Major Cay)
Relocated to Big Major Cay and rejoined our sailing group. A strong front moved in and we are having to "hunkerdown" with twenty other boats located in Big Major Cay. Based on the wind pattern, we will be here about a week... Interesting crews and lots of big boats...
Iguanas on Allens Cay, Exumas
Hope Town to Little Harbour
Traveling from Hope Town to Little Harbour, we stopped for a snorkel adventure at Sandy Cay. Beautiful travel day and of course we found our way to Pete's Pub.
Departing Abacos and heading for Eleuthera Islands. Travel time is approximately 55 NM and 12 hour sailing day. Crossed Northwest Providence Channel in perfect weather.
Little Harbour to Meeks Patch, South of Spanish Wells in Eleuthera Islands, Bahamas
Departing Meeks Patch and heading for Spanish Wells.
Spanish Wells is famous for its fishing fleet. They supply over half of the Bahamas with commercial lobster, conch and fish. Today, Spanish Wells serves as a major lobster industry for the Bahamas. Dan and I took a fast ferry to Harbour Island, spent the day riding on a golf cart and touring the Island.
Spanish Wells to Rose Island (East of Nassau- New Providence)
Dan and I experienced another little squall on our way to Rose Island... Fun little storm, we anchored for the night.
Rose Island to Nassau. Nassau/New Providence is the capital for the Bahamas Islands.
Located a Nassau Yacht Haven Marina and plan to leave Chinook here for thanksgiving week Spent time touring Nassau: Bay Street, Straw Market, Paradise Island and Casino...we sat next to Kevin Costner at Johnny Rockets. 11-17 through 11-24-07, Dan and I depart for Punta Cana, Dominica Republic for a family thanksgiving with the Fowlers.
Begin our sailing tour of the Exuma Islands, Bahamas. After an 11 day rest, Chinook is off to tour the Exumas. Depart Nassau and head to Allens Cay, home of the Iguanas. 28 NM to reach the Exumas. Thanks to our great friend Steen, we were able to listen to new music...Steen, wonderful music selections. Thanks!
Nassau to Allens Cay, Exumas
In Allens Cay, Dan spears his first lobster. What a great sport (lobster spearing), we found a new hobby.