The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Cruising from Maritime Canada to Florida in our Bristol 41.1

17 August 2016 | John Williams Boatyard, Hall Quarry, Mt Desert Is.
11 August 2016 | Wooden Boat School anchorage, Eggemoggin Reach
09 August 2016 | McGlatherties Island
08 August 2016 | Castine, Maine
07 August 2016 | Bucks Harbor
06 August 2016 | Castine, Me
05 August 2016 | Cradle Cove
28 July 2016 | Boothbay Harbor
22 September 2015 | Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, Maine
15 September 2015
25 July 2015 | Oromocto, NB
22 July 2015 | Cambridge Narrows, Saint John River
15 June 2015 | Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island, Maine
01 June 2015 | Cuttyhunk, Mass
31 May 2015 | Portsmouth Va
19 April 2015 | Whistler BC
30 November 2014 | Charleston City Boatyard
19 November 2014 | Hazzard Marina, Georgetown, SC
16 November 2014 | Barefoot Landing SC

Flash! Flash! A Star Sighting

10 January 2008 | Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Jim Lea
This morning we heard reports (from a usually reliable source) that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta (?) Jones were sighted snorkeling at Warderick Wells! Big news around here, I guess, so I'll pass it on. Last night we were alone in Alabaster Bay, the first time ever in the Bahamas that we were alone in an anchorage. And all day yesterday we saw only one sail on he horizon. Then today we passed one catamaran heading the other way. This is definitely not on the beaten path! Yesterday (Wednesday) we took our time getting going. We're slipping easily back into cruising life. We went to bed at 8:30pm and were sound asleep at 6:30am next morning when the alarm went off. And if I hadn't needed to get up to listen to Chris, we would have slept on. But we were underway by 8:30 am, a later start, as we were timing our arrival at Current Cut, a narrow opening through which much of the tidal water for Eleuthera Bight flows. At peak it runs over six knots, meaning that if we were fighting it, we would go nowhere. But we timed it nicely, a not insignificant feat given that there is very limited tidal data available here. And it had the usual (none) Bahamas navigation marks, so that we used what the charts call "VPR" or Visual Pilot Rules, meaning just read the water! This one is particularly tricky as you have to take a 90 degree turn when you least think you should, aiming at some very jagged rocks until you are just about on them, when you veer away into what you hope is clear water. But we were able to follow our track from last spring when we came up north on this route heading home. So, safely through, we headed down Eleuthera's western shore. As the day wore on, we found ourselves more close-hauled (tight to the wind) so that we had to tack into our anchorage in Alabaster Bay. But just before sunset, we coasted in and dropped anchor in 10 feet of water, watching the anchor disappear into the sand through the gin-clear (where did that expression come from??) water. For dinner, Stone Crab with Bahamian Cole Slaw and Plantain. Ashore, the apparently abandoned Alabaster Bay Resort looked neatly maintained, but closed up, another sad Bahamian dream gone bad on a beautiful beach in the tropics. This morning (Thursday) we hoisted our main at anchor and sailed out of the anchorage at (again) 8:30 am, heading down the remaining 30 miles to Rock Sound at the southern end of Eleuthera. Starting out we romped down at 7.5-8.0 knots, but after a couple of squalls, the wind clocked and lightened, leaving us close hauled and pulling out reefs. Then back up it came, so the reef went back in. But in the beautiful turquoise waters with the warm breeze pushing us down the coast, it was difficult to complain! By early afternoon we were furling sails at the mouth of Rock Sound and motoring in to the anchorage off the town where we shared the harbor, about the size of Charlottetown Harbour, with 3 other boats. Ashore, we quickly found the bakery for fresh bread and Coconut Tart. A few more stops and the sunset warned us it was time to head back to the boat. And A nice evening with dinner under the stars closed another Bahamas night.
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Vessel Name: Estelle
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1
Hailing Port: Charlottetown, PEI
Crew: Jeannie & Jim Lea
About: Flag Counter
Extra: Summer 2015 will be cruising the coast of Maine and New Brunswick as well as the Saint John River.
Estelle's Photos - The Voyage of S/V Estelle (Main)
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Our first year cruising... Exumas, Bahamas.
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Pics of our trip from Mount Desert Islans to the Saint John River in July 2014.
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San Blas Islands
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Some photos at John Williams Boatyard as we prepare for departure.
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Our trip to various BC ski resorts Jan-Feb 2010
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August/Sept in Maine
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Our trip from Norfolk Va to Mount Desert Island, June 20th to July 7th, 2009. Gerard Watts aboard as crew!
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Our trip from Maine to Miami
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Pics from Jan to June 2008, Bahamas to Maine
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Trip south from Maine to Bahamas, Sept-Dec 2007
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These are pictures of The Hermitage on Cat Island, Bahamas. It was built single-handedly by Faather Jerome who was sent out by the Church of England to rebuild churches destroyed in the hurricanes in the early 20th century. He then converted to catholicism and built a number of Roman Catholic churches until he sought and received permission to build this hermitage where he spent the remainder of his life.
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These pictures were taken while on Long Island, Bahamas, in February, 2007
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This album contains some photos of our time in the Jumentos Islands, in the Bahamas
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