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

We're suffering along with Newfoundland!

20 March 2008 | Salt Pond, Long Island, Bahamas.
Jim Lea
Arriving back in the Bahamas, we heard on the news that Newfoundland was undergoing another blizzard. We arrived back in the Bahamas on Monday afternoon after a great two weeks in BC and Alberta. It was great to see our family, including little (or not so little) Ben as he is growing and changing quickly! And in Banff we enjoyed seeing Dave and Carol Morrison again. But it was also good to get back to Estelle, finding her safe and sound in Stella Maris Marina's excellent protection. And all our flights left on time and actually all arrived a bit early, so the trip back was fine. Back aboard, project number one was food, as we pretty well finished off everything before we left. But we did leave some fresh things in the refrigerator in green plastic bags that preserve fresh fruits and vegetables, and we were amazed to find them still fresh! But there wasn't enough for dinner, so we went up to the resort for dinner and had an excellent night of it. We're easing our way back into cruising. Our plans were to leave as soon as the weather permitted, but that was not to be until today (Thursday). The storm that hammered Newfoundland on Monday had a long and strong trailing cold front that was sweeping through the Bahamas bringing with it winds of 25-35 knots. But instead of 50 cm of snow, we had a few rain showers and temperatures plunging to the mid-70's. The winds were out of the east, going south-east, and at Stella Maris Marina, that meant that we could feel the boat tug at its lines in a gust, but little else in its total protection. On the exposed east side of the island, we watched, mesmerized as 15' waves pounded ashore sending spray flying 30-40' into the air. On Tuesday, we decided to rent a car for the day and headed to Cape Santa Maria Resort for lunch as our first stop. Then down to Salt Pond for groceries. After we had everything packed away, it was pretty much the end of the day, and still suffering jet lag, we had an early dinner(grilled fish with an olive tapenade, and sautéed egg plant and cous-cous) and bed early. On Wednesday, we didn't get started too early as we were still on BC time, and the winds were still blowing, so it was mid morning before we were off the boat. We filled the car with gas, watched some more waves and returned the car about noon. Being at the resort, where we returned the car, at noon, we stayed for lunch, conch chowder and some cracked conch. Very good and reasonably priced! Then in the afternoon we began to get serious as the weather sounded like we could leave today. Jeannie organized a laundry (there's a laundromat across the road) and I tackled my least favorite job, an oil change. With all the filters (4), it's a 2 hour job, half of which is getting ready and cleaning up. But I got it done, along with some other smaller jobs, filled the boat with water, and finished storing the last of our new supplies. In Vancouver, I got the part I need to repair the watermaker, but I am finding lots of reasons to put it off. It will be at least a four hour job, working in a very small space, so I'm not looking forward to it. Maybe next week, if we are stuck somewhere due to weather. But today we left the marina at 0830 at high tide. The marina approach, about 2.5 miles, is very shallow. There are channel markers, but I seriously doubt that there's really a channel. Heading out at high tide (and a full moon one at that) we saw less than 2' under our keel until we were out in the open water. Then down to Salt Pond (Salt Pond is the town on Thompson Bay) to finish our grocery shopping. We were shopping on the day before the supply boat comes in, so there were very few fresh supplies, like milk and fruit. So we'll finish the shopping this afternoon, then be ready to head out tomorrow. We'd like to head to the Jumentos, a remote and uninhabited group of cays just 50 miles north of Cuba, but it will be weather dependent. In this 50 mile string of cays, there is not one anchorage that gives good protection from the west, and there are westerlies forecast for Sunday, so we'll listen to the forecast tomorrow morning and decide.
Comments
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 24 July 2015
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Created 31 May 2015
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Created 4 December 2014
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Created 30 November 2014
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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 3 April 2013
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Created 14 January 2013
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Created 12 December 2012
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Created 13 March 2012
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Created 6 March 2012
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Created 1 March 2012
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Created 27 February 2012
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Nov/Dec 2011
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Created 17 December 2011
San Blas Islands
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Created 17 December 2011
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Created 17 November 2011
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Created 29 October 2011
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Created 26 October 2011
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Created 10 May 2011
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Created 29 March 2011
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Feb, 2011
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Created 4 December 2010
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Created 31 October 2010
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Created 1 October 2010
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
69 Photos
Created 7 February 2010
August/Sept in Maine
58 Photos
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
65 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 22 March 2009
65 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 11 February 2009
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Created 29 January 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
108 Photos
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.
10 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 24 June 2007
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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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Created 11 March 2007
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Created 11 March 2007