The Voyage of S/V Estelle

Cruising from Maritime Canada to Florida in our Bristol 41.1

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
15 November 2014 | Bald Head Island
13 November 2014 | Seapath Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC
06 November 2014 | Tuckahoe Point, Alligator River, NC
01 November 2014 | Deep Creek, Va.
22 October 2014 | Spa Creek, Annapolis, Md.
15 October 2014 | Worton Creek, Md.
09 October 2014 | Barnegat Light, NJ.
04 October 2014 | Oyster Bay, Long Island NY

Roatan.....in a word, HOT

21 March 2013 | 30 miles off Gladden Cut
Sunny, Air Temp 88F, Water temp 80.5F, Wind SE@3-5
We're not complaining about the heat, but we are having to keep it in mind. The nights cool off to the high 70's and by 9 am its just too hot for much but sitting and reading, limeing (talk with neighboring boats) or swimming.
And that about sums up our 5 days in West End. It is a beautiful anchorage, one of the nicest we have been in. To enter you run through a marked cut in the reef about 60' wide with depths from "off-soundings" (too deep for the depth sounder, meaning greater than 400') to 8' in about 200 yds, a nail biting experience. Then you pass through the reef with waves breaking on either side of you, and you're in... swell gone and flat clear water.
We picked up a park mooring and quickly settled in. We were in with two other boats we have met, and were soon joined by Chewink, with Cabot and Heidi Lyman aboard there Seguin 47' (built in Cabot's boatyard, Lyman-Morse, in Thomaston Maine).
All settled in the anchorage, we headed for the dive shop to arrange diving for the following morning. Next, we wandered the beach heading down to West Beach. Its a 2 mile walk with small resorts continuously lining the shore. By then it was time for sundowners on Appleseeds (Pete and Eileen, better known as Ace, from Vancouver), and the day was done.
The following morning we went diving off our dinghies, another beautiful reef. In many places we have seen reefs under obvious stress, but here they seem healthy with lots of healthy coral and great fish diversity. In mid-afternoon, Swift Current (Howard and Lynn from Vancouver) came in and picked up a mooring, so our fleet was complete. Swift Current had been delayed in French Harbour having their engine mounts replaced, Three had sheared off completely on the trip from Providencia. But all was now well. So dinner for all aboard Chewink, and we had managed to fill another day.
On it went with snorkeling, diving and eating until the weather forecast told us it was time to move. So early Wednesday (yesterday), Swift current headed out for Mexico. We delayed our departure for Belize until evening. The trip is just slightly too long to do in daylight, so we decided to leave at dusk, arriving at the reef cut at dawn so we would have plenty of excellent light for the required "visual navigation". In Belize, we'll check in with Immigration, Customs, and the Port Captain, then play "Hide the Boat" from strong (gale force gusts) winds on the weekend. Then next week we'll head out to explore the beautiful offshore cays with more snorkeling. Hopefully our friend, Lynn Young, from Belize, can join us for a few days.
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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)
Our first year cruising... Exumas, Bahamas.
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Created 28 July 2015
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Created 9 November 2014
Pics of our trip from Mount Desert Islans to the Saint John River in July 2014.
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Created 14 August 2014
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Created 9 May 2014
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Created 20 September 2013
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Created 1 March 2012
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Nov/Dec 2011
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San Blas Islands
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Feb, 2011
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Some photos at John Williams Boatyard as we prepare for departure.
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Created 14 September 2010
Our trip to various BC ski resorts Jan-Feb 2010
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Created 7 February 2010
August/Sept in Maine
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Created 29 August 2009
Our trip from Norfolk Va to Mount Desert Island, June 20th to July 7th, 2009. Gerard Watts aboard as crew!
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Created 8 July 2009
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Created 26 April 2009
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Created 22 March 2009
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Created 11 February 2009
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Created 29 January 2009
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Created 23 December 2008
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Created 22 December 2008
Our trip from Maine to Miami
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Created 19 December 2008
Pics from Jan to June 2008, Bahamas to Maine
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Created 18 June 2008
Trip south from Maine to Bahamas, Sept-Dec 2007
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Created 26 December 2007
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Created 25 December 2007
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Created 21 August 2007
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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Created 24 June 2007
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Created 23 June 2007
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Created 12 June 2007
These pictures were taken while on Long Island, Bahamas, in February, 2007
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Created 11 March 2007
This album contains some photos of our time in the Jumentos Islands, in the Bahamas
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Created 11 March 2007
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Created 11 March 2007
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