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

B2B

16 February 2016 | Great Harbor Cay
Bimini to Berrys that is. Our plan to sail from Bimini to the Berry Islands went off almost perfectly. Only the wind didn't offer a nice broad reach across the Little Bahamas Banks. But the trip was under sunny skies and we made the crossing in good time to get settled outside of Bullock Harbor before dark. We crossed with Dean and Kim on "Dream Catcher", an Island Packet 38. The anchorage outside the channel to Great Harbor Cay Marina offered more water than was on the charts and we spent such a calm night we awoke thinking we were aground!

A dinghy inspection the next day with our Hawkeye depth sounder revealed we could anchor closer to shore and in a better position to the upcoming winds. We also explored the channel into the marina in anticipation of taking 'Whisper' inside. We raised anchor and traveled the channel to find fuel and water at the marina before retuning to our new anchorage. But not before we signed up for the marina BBQ party that evening. Local chefs prepare chicken, ribs or lobster and fixings for the boaters once a week, $10 a head. However, the ride back out to the anchorage in the dark dark night was challenging!

We took advantage of one more day at anchor, inside the channel in the Bay of Five Pirates. We saw none.

We found Great Harbor Cay Marina (pronounce it Key not Cay or you'll hear about it!) a wonderful refuge. The harbor is inside of a protected bay so there is no weather. The marina is surrounded by two story townhouses, so no wind reaches the boats in the slips. There were many boaters who opt to spend weeks and months in this marina and all it offers. There is a terrific grocery with fresh produce and a man who sells his catch from a dockside stand. There are beachs and trails to explore, one leading to the former lodging built for the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr,, Peter Lawford and Bridget Bardot) which is now just ruins on a hilltop overlooking the golf course, which boaters can use for free. Just about every day there is a morning and an evening activity. Some of them are orchestrated or led by the long-term boaters. Bill took advantage of the conch (pronounced konk) horn class, and built himself a fine instrument. We attended a potluck dinner and participated in the sunset dink and drink drift. We had to skip the weekly group dinghy ride to Snake River to see the turtles as we didn't have enough gas in the dink to make the long trip.

An offer of lobster tails ($30 for a dozen) from a local fisherman gave us two fabulous dinners and a lobster cocktail appetizer. And on Valentine's Day, the dockmaster distributed a cardboard heart full of chocolates to each boat. Class act! It was hard to leave such a welcoming place and all the wonderful people we met there.
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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
36 Photos
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.
14 Photos
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
5 Photos
Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
7 Photos
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!
8 Photos
Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
7 Photos
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
5 Photos
Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
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Created 17 June 2015