Wendy & Burry Cruising

Back aboard, Headed south from Green Cove Springs, going to the Exhumas.

17 July 2013 | Nassau, New Providence
11 July 2013 | Black Point Settlement
11 July 2013 | Sampson Cay
11 July 2013 | Georgetown
11 July 2013 | Kingston
22 February 2013 | Sampson Cay
18 February 2013 | Waderick Wells
15 February 2013 | Waderick Wells
07 December 2012 | Green Cove Springs
22 May 2012 | Florida (jacksonvillle)
20 May 2012
19 May 2012 | Spanish Wells
19 May 2012 | Northern Exhumas
19 May 2012 | Little Farmers/Black Point
17 May 2012 | Emerald Bay on Great Exhuma
17 May 2012 | Little Farmers Cay
16 May 2012 | Black Point
01 May 2012 | Stanial Cay
11 March 2012 | Center of the Land and Sea Park
08 March 2012 | Shroud Cay

Sherry experiances prohibition!

27 April 2011 | Man O War Cay, Abacos
Stunning weather
While in Guana we gave Sherry/Jason the option of sailing to Florida, or staying in the Abacos and then flying into Fort Lauderdale. Since they were loving the sun and rum punch they decided staying was the way to go. So as Carol and Paul headed West/North we dropped the mooring and pushed south to Man O War Cay.
About a 2 hour run, we motored all the way with the wind on the nose. The entrance is very narrow and not a lot of water so we timed it for high tide. As you enter you can turn north into the main harbour or south into Eastern Harbour. The main harbour is actually between Man O War and a small Cay called Dickies which runs parallel creating a cozy harbour with a 5’ entrance in the south and a 2’ entrance in the north. We tucked into Eastern Harbour as it was quieter and had better depths. Almost all moorings here so it took a while to grab one which was not private.
Man O War is one of the original settlements dating back to the 1700s. Fishing and boat building is the claim to fame and they still do both. The atmosphere here is completely different than Guana with the town being very pristine, quiet and supper friendly (if not a bit reserved) local population. Transport is 90% golf carts with only about 6 small trucks on the whole Cay, and those are predominately for hauling materials. Boat building is still occurring with beautiful boats being made. There is also some excellent boat repair expertise available; interestingly no travel lifts but rather the old marine railways. All the boat shops had lots of large open windows for air circulation which afforded us tourists a chance to watch them create. The town is very trusting, most houses had doors open and golf carts and bikes not locked.
The ambiance of Man O War is completely different than the other Cays. The grocery store allows you to run a tab, you buy fresh fish from one of the guys in the hardware store, and Lola (the Cay’s baker) sells here cinnamon rolls and breads from her golf cart. The local populace is more permanent and there are no hotels or resorts on Man O War (so far). This certainly contributes to a more sedate atmosphere, but probably a big influence is that there is neither alcohol nor tobacco sold on the island, which definitely keeps the bar footed party animal away. They alcohol aspect we knew as this was foretold in the cruising guide, but the lack of cigarettes was not which caused our boat guests some anxiety as they were running low and had to institute rationing. Of course this caused no end of merriment for Burry who on the second day mentioned he wanted to stay a third day at Man O War, which caused near panic in Jason! He and Sherry were contemplating taking the ferry to Marsh Harbour to buy some smokes ($27 round trip).
Have to say Man O War is probably our favorite Cay to date. Wendy has even expressed an interest in moving here once our cruising days are finished. Figure we can sell the condo and buy a cottage here, but that won’t be for a few years yet (I think, Wendy is already looking at the listings lol).
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Vessel Name: Seahawk X
Vessel Make/Model: Island Trader 41, Ketch
Hailing Port: Kingston, Ontario
Crew: Wendy, Burry, Maggie, Bartley (in our hearts)
About: Wendy and Burry have been married for 30+ years and moved aboard Seahawk when they were transfered from Maryland to New Jersey. Threw off the lines fall of 2010 and have been travelling the eastern seaboard and bahamas since.
Extra: We have two children we love a lot and miss, hoping they will visit us more once we are in the tropics lol. Tara is a budding bio scientist, recently married to Chris, and just completed her masters. Michael is in the Navel Reserve and has finished his degree and headed to Saskatoon with Megan.
Seahawk X's Photos - Last of Georgia (Main)
A week plus in Nassau with Tara and Chris
12 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
One of our favorite places.
11 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
Spent 3 weeks in Georgetown, met up with 'Sherry (Wendy's Sis) and Jason.
19 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
Ducked into Emerald bay to miss a storm and got stuck for three weeks
9 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
Little Farmers Cay.
7 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
Located on Great Guana Cay
7 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
Stanial Cay is home of the Thunderball Groto and swimming Pigs
20 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
We spent quite a while here, the center and HQ for the Land and Sea Park. Beautiful Cay with beaches, snorkling, hiking and no commercial enterprises.
19 Photos
Created 8 March 2012
First stop in the Land and Sea Park
8 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Our first Cay in the Exhumas!
10 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Quick trip cross stream to Bimini, cross banks to Frazier's Hog Cay then south to Exhumas via West Bay, New Providence
8 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Trip south to Florida ending in Coconut Grove waiting for Crossing to Bahamas
13 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Took the Dismal Swamp Canal this time, quite the experiance.
15 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
After a summer in Annapolis/Kingston, heading south once again.
6 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
West Palm to Amelia Island
18 Photos
Created 12 June 2011
Run from Abaco to West Palm, Fl
18 Photos
Created 17 May 2011
A few days on this resort Cay with an incredible beach
12 Photos
Created 17 May 2011
Couple of days in this exquisite island.
22 Photos
Created 27 April 2011
Short visit to Guana
10 Photos
Created 27 April 2011
Time in around Marsh Harbour
24 Photos
Created 24 April 2011
The trip from Bimini to the Abacos
16 Photos
Created 5 April 2011
Short two day stay at this lovely small island group
24 Photos
Created 31 March 2011
Last month and departure from Boot Key
17 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
First two weeks of time in Marathon in the middle keys
25 Photos
Created 31 January 2011
Family at Key West over New Years
31 Photos
Created 14 January 2011
Our time in Coconut Grove over Christmas and Mike and TL join us.
20 Photos
Created 8 January 2011
Our Run from St Augustine down to Miami.
25 Photos
Created 25 December 2010
Entry into Florida and St Augustine
30 Photos
Created 9 December 2010
Run from Savana to St Mary's
29 Photos
Created 6 December 2010
Run from Charleston and into Savannah
26 Photos
Created 27 November 2010
The run from Oriental to Charlestown was a huge variety of scenery
61 Photos
Created 19 November 2010
Hampton to Oriental via the Virginia Cut
63 Photos
Created 9 November 2010
Our run from Annapolis with stops in Solomon's and Reedville ending in Hampton, Va
52 Photos
Created 2 November 2010
Fall in Annapolis with great weather and good friends!
55 Photos
Created 26 October 2010
Second leg of heading south
47 Photos
Created 10 October 2010
Final preps and departure from Liberty Landing Marina
17 Photos
Created 4 October 2010
Assorted pictures of the two seadogs
7 Photos
Created 16 September 2009
Pictures of our sailboat
8 Photos
Created 16 September 2009

The Adventures of the Vanderveers

Who: Wendy, Burry, Maggie, Bartley (in our hearts)
Port: Kingston, Ontario