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

Yellow Bank White Bank

24 February 2016 | Exumas, Bahamas
We motorsailed with 'Illusions' down the Northwest Providence Passage to Rose Island, just off the east coast of New Providence, or Nassau. I thought we were looking for an anchorage behind a shallow rock island, but it turned out to be an anchorage behind an underwater reef. The reef protects boats from wave action, but the east wind provided a pretty strong surge action instead. While a gorgeous setting, it was an unsettling night of restless sleep. We were ready to head off across the banks early the next morning. We choose not to stop at Nassau, with its many tourist attractions in favor of the promise of pristine waters and solitary islands in the Exuma Islands chain. But first we had to cross the banks.

The banks are very shallow water, with dangerous areas full of coral heads, ie., rocky outcrops just below the surface of the water. The guidebook tell us to 'read the water' to distinguish among the colors that identify sand, grass, rock and coral heads. Yeah right. The last three all look the same to me...darker water as opposed to the brilliant blue of water over sand. The Yellow Bank is the worst area for coral, followed by the White Bank. There is a narrow area between the two, and that is where we set our course. Our charts had coral heads/rocks marked with little circles with an X in the middle but also had the disclaimer that not all of them were charted. 'Whisper' and 'Illusions' got through without any issues. Whew!

Our anchorage for the night was Allen Cay, home of the infamous please-don't-feed-the-iguanas, but everyone does. These animals look like cats as they run along the shore greeting visitors who arrive by dinghy.... and are just about the same size as a large Tabby. The surrounding islands are spare and barren looking, with low scrub and lots of rocks , not very many palm trees in this tropical paradise. The water however was clear clear blue and irresitable for swimming and snorkeling. And the nighttime sky was awesome, with a zillion stars and no land lights to interfere with their brilliance.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
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Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
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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"
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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.
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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