The Baars' Adventure Aboard EIRA

Menno, Valerie, Daniel, John and their dog Daisy are off to explore the Caribbean Islands for two years-no-make that three years!

23 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
20 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
06 June 2008 | Charleston, South Carolina
05 June 2008 | Passage in the Gulf Stream
04 June 2008 | Little Bahamas Bank
03 June 2008 | Green Turtle Cay, The Abacos
27 May 2008 | Little Harbour, The Abacos
26 May 2008 | Little Harbour, The Abacos
25 May 2008 | Hope Town, The Abacos
24 May 2008 | Hope Town, Elbow Cay
23 May 2008 | Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay
22 May 2008 | Marsh Harbour, The Abacos
19 May 2008 | Lynard Cay,The Abacos
27 April 2008 | Paradise Island, Bahamas
20 April 2008 | Normans Cay
19 April 2008 | Normans Cay
18 April 2008 | Passage from Nassau to The Exumas
06 April 2008 | Normans Cay
02 April 2008 | Normans Cay
31 March 2008 | Normans Cay

Loving Long Island

05 February 2008 | Thompson Bay, Long Island
Long Island is located in the southern Bahamas just south of the Exuma Cays. It extends 75 miles form Cape Santa Maria in the north to South Point and nowhere is more than 4 miles wide. Unlike the majority of the islands which have rocky sandy soil Long Island has fertile soil and the "pothole" method of farming is used. The farmers dig potholes in the soil and grow corn, bananas, pineapple and other fruit. The Loyalists settled the island in the 1790's when they fled from the victorious Patriots in the American Revolution. They were successful in growing cotton and raising stock however with the abolition of slavery the plantations were abandoned.

Today Long Island has a population of 5000 and is a friendly island which we have had fun exploring. We spent our first two weeks on the windward side of the island in Little Harbour and Clarence Town then sailed north around the very looong island to Santa Maria and onto Salt Pond, an anchorage half way down the island on the leeward side. We are anchored with 10 other boats and this is the most boats we have seen since we left the Virgin Islands! We have enjoyed our solitude over the last month and a half however it is nice to have neighbours again. Daniel made the comment the other day, "Dad is social again!" he was on the beach with Daisy on their morning walk and was busy making new friends (he has quite a few empty spaces on his friend card). And believe it or not but we actually went to a Super Bowl party! There is a nice small bar, Parrots in Paradise which was showing the game. There must have been 30 people there! wow! John was thrilled because his team, the Giants won!
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Vessel Name: EIRA
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 393
Hailing Port: Solomons Island, Maryland
Crew: Menno, Valerie, Daniel and John Baars
About: Valerie, Menno, Daniel, John and our dog Daisy are aboard Eira off to explore The Bahamas. We will island hop south through the Caribbean with plans to be in Grenada by Hurricane season. Our second "windy season" will be spent in the Spanish Virgin Islands.
Extra: "Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in you sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."--Mark Twain
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