Whisper Sailing

Bill and Judy's adventures continue..........

24 April 2017 | Bahamas
03 April 2017 | Thompson Bay
31 March 2017 | Great Exuma
28 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina
17 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | Little Farmers Cay, Exemas
14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Spanish Wells, Bahamas
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
19 December 2016 | Addison NASA Bridge
19 December 2016 | Cave Cay to Spence Rock
04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
10 April 2016 | Abaco
31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco
30 March 2016 | Bahamas
09 March 2016 | B;ackpoint Settlement. Exumas

Bimini Breezes

10 February 2016 | Alice Town, North Bimini
North winds have had us trapped in Bimini... boo hoo say our northern friends!!! Days within the channel are sunny and warm with light winds so we have time to sightsee and dink around the flats. Nights the wind starts to howl, and combined with the swift tidal current, givs us bumpy sleep-deprived nights. On the Atlantic side of the islands the wind and waves show off their strength all the time. Few have ventured out in the past few days. Even the commercial lobster and fishing boats came in to dock several days ago and haven't left yet.

But we have a plan. The winds today have moderated such that we can actually see the channel markers at the harbor entrance. In an hour or so we plan to head out with two other boats, head north five miles upwind, then turn off the wind to anchor in the east side of North Bimini, out of the WNW winds. This gets us out of the harbor in daylight with favorable tides. At dark o-clock tomorrow we'll have a clear, straight path to the Berry Islands, all 72 miles of it. With the winds still NW at 15 or so, we plan to make anchorage outside Bullock's Harbor before dark. It SHOULD work. We'll let you know how it works out the next time we get WIFI.

In the meantime, we have spent ten days at Brown's Marina with newly made friends on both power and sail. We rented a golf cart to tour the north island. There is a fancy resort at the northern end and it is a 180 degree difference from the lifestyle of the natives in the southern half, where we are. North is like Miami, south is small town anywhere (except for the palm trees, colorful houses and Kalik and Budweiser bottles strewn everywhere).

Two days we snorkled in the 'flats' east of the marina. We didn't catch any lobster or pick any conch but we did see lots of small fish and a pretty good sized manta ray. We also swam into something that gave both of us a nasty, burning rash for a day. There are plenty of small fish in the marina as well as a six foot bull shark that visits nightly when the fishermen clean their catch. Bill tried his luck at fishing and caught a number of small Shad, but he gave them away rather than spend the tedious time cleaning them. We will troll for something bigger when we cross the Bahamas Bank tomorrow.

Yesterday we visited the Dolphin House, an Alice Town landmark. Imagine our surprise when the owner/builder/tour guide announced he attended school at UW-Madison! The house is a labor of his love of the islands and his artistry in turning found bits and pieces into art. The house is two stories going on three of concrete block covered in artwork from recycled materials - shells, beer bottles, sea glass, driftwood, coins, marbles, stones, license plates from all the states, pottery, tiles - whatever ends up on the beach or at the dump that can be reused. The dolphin motif repeats throughout the house, as do mermaids. Ashley B. Saunders is also a teacher, historian and author of two volumes of Bimini history. And he is related to half the people on the island.

The days have moved by quickly.... but we are ready to move on to the next adventure.
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Vessel Name: Whisper
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34-2
Hailing Port: Milwaukee WI
Crew: Bill and Judy
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Whisper's Photos - Main
Every shade of blue-green-purple greets our eyes on a continuing basis
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Created 24 April 2017
Our first island anchorages were in the Berries. Sugar sand beaches, clear blue water, conch and starfish, everyday a new wonderful experience.
10 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We are spending over a week in Bimini waiting for weather to cross to the Berry Islands (a 75 mile crossing that will require two good days). So we walk, drive, and dinghy our way around North Bimini to learn about the land and the people.
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Created 6 February 2016
There were many projects we did to upgrade Whisper to a more efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable boat.
7 Photos
Created 10 January 2016
The many contrasting scenes on the Intercoastal Waterway
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Created 25 December 2015
Our favorite anchorage on the eastern shore. The cove featured St Martin Point house and grounds, a 19th century home with accommodations for eighteen people, currently available as vacation rental. Dan, the caretaker invited us to explore the house and grounds.
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Created 28 October 2015
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Created 27 October 2015
Workboat Festival
8 Photos
Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
7 Photos
Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
6 Photos
Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2015
Fixed bridges, lift bridges, railroad bridges, road bridges, bridges to nowhere.
8 Photos
Created 13 September 2015
"I stayed too long at the fair"
12 Photos
Created 11 September 2015
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Created 1 September 2015
I walked from the yacht club to the downtown area to purchase a nautical chart at the general store. Charming homes from the mid-1800s with fenced in yards and patios. Main square at City Hall has umbrella tables and chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, wished we could stay longer.
7 Photos
Created 27 August 2015
Transiting the 243 miles of the Trent Severn Waterway system
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Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
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Created 6 August 2015
We took Whisper on a loop through the French River Small Craft Route with Russ and Lisa onboard. Uproar can't do the route because of depth...and maybe width!
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Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
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Created 23 July 2015
First anchorage in Canada
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Created 14 July 2015
Scenes from one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan
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Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
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Created 17 June 2015