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

Can it Get Any Better Than This???

01 March 2016 | Exumas Park, Bahamas
We would ask each other on a frequent basis.... only to find out that, yes, it could! Shroud Cay offered a lovely anchorage for just the two boats, at the mouth of a creek that promised a wandering pa ththrough mangrove swamps out to the Exuma Sound (eastern) side of the island. The mangroves were short and thick, not nearly as tall as the ones in the Florida Keys. We were surprised to see few birds or fish along the way. The water was incredibly clear over pale sand turned golden by the sun overhead. A few spots were pretty thin but we managed to push through until we could just about see the Sound. The creek opened up into a pond...a pond a high tide, that was now a large sand box at low tide. And the sand blocked our way out into the beaches on the Sound so we had to turn back. Next time we need to look at a tide table before we start the adventure.

Only a short motorsail away, the next day we found Hawksbill Cay anchorage, a part of the Exumas Park system. Mooring balls were available, but with the perfect weather, we anchored between them and the beach. We had the company of about eight other boats, so we all got together on the sugar-sand beach for cocktails and sunset. Meeting other cruisers, exchanging stories, recommending anchorages, is one of the best parts of the cruising life. Finding out who knows who in common is remarkable. For example, Polly and David from New Bern, NC, belong to the same sailing club as my 'Sailor Bandido' racing buddy, Brian Dodds. Linda and Maris from Oxford MD, bought their Island Packet 420 from Steve Paulson at Racine Riverside. What an amazing coincidence!

Continuing on in the Park, we took mooring balls at Warderick Wells, probably the most photographed spot in the Exumas. The color of the water is unbelievable! There is a coral garden a few boat lengths from our ball. We saw a huge manta ray jump out of the water in the middle of the anchorage. We staid three days to enjoy the awesome scenery, the fantastic snorkeling and the great dinghy explorations. There are minimal services there... ice, a small gift shop, and WIFI for a fee. The Park protects the environment, so there is no fishing nor shelling allowed. It is camping-on-a-boat at it's best.

Can it get any better?
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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