Bohicket Marina, SC
Well it has been awhile since updates, but we have just been busy!!!
After the usual things done in Nassau we did in deed head for the Berrys. Hoffmans Cay was the destination for S/V Kokopelli and us. It was a bit windy and rolly going across the tongue of the ocean, but just made for a quick ride. We went in the cut at Little Harbor and headed up for Hoffmans.
It is such a nice anchorage there. It has always kinda amazed me why more people don't use this spot. We had it all to ourselves, (Kokopelli and us). We climbed the hill to the "Blue Hole" and jumped off the cliff a number of times and actually remembered to bring mask and fins. It is a really good time snorkel the hole.
The weather turned a bit nasty and pinned us down, with the only movement being in the lee of the islands. So we moved from island to island with trips to "Flo's Conch Bar" for the occasional beer and dinner. Chester is a GREAT host, and really does have some of, if not the best, cracked conch in the Bahamas. And $3.00 Kaliks, so I would definitely recommend a stop there!!!
After a week or so, the weather broke and we headed for, Great Stirrup. We anchored under the lighthouse and did the usual stroll on the island and satellite tracking station. Then headed around the north end and headed for Great Harbor for an overnight stay.
The next day we headed for Cat Cay south of Bimini. It was a LONG day of motoring across the windless banks!!!
Gulf Stream Crossing
Well this is where we had to separate from our dear friends on "S/V Kokopelli" as they were headed for the Fl. Keys and we are headed north. Our destination was Lake Worth/ Port of Palm Beach. Other than the usual afternoon thunderstorms it was a routine crossing, with us coming into the port around 1700 hrs. The only exciting thing was when I decided to try some buttons on the VHF and ended up getting a call from the Coast Guard concerning our safety. I am not allowed to push any buttons on the radio, with out prior approval from the "Admiral" after that little incident!!!!!!!
We had a great visit with our family in Jupiter, and then continued up the ICW north. The only two events worth mentioning were when we ALMOST got struck by lightning, Close enough to get a metallic taste in our mouths, the second was when we encountered a nuclear sub coming in St. Mary's and passing us. It was REALLY to see the orchestration of the tugs escorting her in and all the security around them, and due to proximity us!!!!!
SO we are back in the marina safe and sound and tending to things that need to be done and it is HOT
We were gone for approximately five months, with 5 weeks being spent in Ft. Lauderdale, and the rest in the islands. It was a really nice season with memories never to be forgotten. Our total mileage was 1932 nautical miles this year!!!!!!!!
After Cambridge we sailed up to Allen's Cay. Alan on "Kokopelli" knew of some very nice reefs for snorkeling and hunting. I chased a big grouper around for what seemed to be a mile. Finally he went into a hole, so I figured now is my chance! When I went down I did not see him but I did see a large blue striped grunt, so I harvested him instead.
Diane ate the grunt while I ate conch fritters which Liz made. That night I figured I would try to catch a shark or ray just for the sport of it. Well at about ten o'clock, (cruiser's midnight), I remembered I had left the pole in the water. When I went up to reel it in there was a huge "Mutton Snapper" on the line. He measured 27 inches and weighed about 15 pounds. So we now have dolphin, and snapper on board!!!
After that we headed over to Nassau for fuel and re-provisioning before heading out for the Berrys Islands. So we should be back in the states by some time in June!!!!!
N24 18.157"N: 76 32.407"W
Well after a quick stop at Flamingo Cay we went up to Water Cay. It is just a quick jump up to Water. Kokopelli and us both wanted to do some diving/hunting on some of the reefs there so the plan was to stay a couple of days there.
The reefs and "Blue Holes" provide some fantastic diving. The reefs are beautiful with tons of fish. And the "Blue Holes" are very pretty but it is quite a risk hunting as there are a number of sharks that live there and are quick to take an easy meal if you spear something. A large Nurse shark actually came over to check me out and it got close enough that I had to poke it in the nose with my spear to make it decide that I was nothing worth eating!!!!
After a couple of days of great diving we decided to ease north. We sailed up the west side of Great Exuma with calm seas and a good wind for sailing. We did our thirty miles and decided to stop for the night at Rocky Point. In the morning we shoved off for the thirty miles up to Black Point. The best laundry mat in the entire Exumas, so laundry was the first priority, then a good meal at "Lorraine's Café". Kokopelli still needed some welding done so the next morning we headed up to Stanial Cay. It was "Cinco De Mayo" and the yacht club was throwing a party/buffet. Naturally we had to participate, with Liz and Allan and a couple of other boats we had met. A good time was had by all. This morning we all went over to "Thunder Ball Grotto" for a quick snorkel. Then we all pulled anchor and headed up to Cambridge Cay on the outside for some fishing. We had went about three miles and Kokopelli hailed us and said they were in a school of Dolphin (fish) so we headed over and immediately had a double hook up. Both boats landed their fish and we continued on into the anchorage. Then the work began cleaning the fish and then cleaning the boat. After disposing of the fish remains overboard, we noticed a couple of sharks showing interest. So I decided to investigate. I eased into the water and saw a huge barracuda, and then all of a sudden the large cuda sped off. Then a large Bull shark (6-8 ft.), appeared on the seen. I hollered up to Diane what I was seeing, she exclaimed that the barracuda had more sense than I did, and to get the hell out of the water. Heeding the "Admiral's" orders, I quickly climbed back on board!!! What a day, a good snorkel trip and then fresh fish for dinner, Life is GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!