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

Another cold front

09 March 2016 | B;ackpoint Settlement. Exumas
We needed a place to tuck away during the next 'cold' front... that is Bahamian for northeast-winds that go on forever. We choose Blackpoint Settlement on Big Guana Cay. Perfect choice. The harbor is huge... there were over 50 boats spaced out on anchor there one night. The harbor protects from all but west winds..and we did have northwest the first night so it was rolly. After that, it blew sink from the north, northeast and east and it was livable. Even though there were white caps in the anchorage at times, there wasn't much fetch so the waves were pretty short. Getting in and out of the dinghy from the boat was a challenge but worth it. The anchor was rock solid and we heard no stories of anyone having any issues with holding.

Ashore, the town was charming. A few roads with colorful homes, freshly painted fences, shops and restaurants. Three were stand-outs. Lorraine's Cafe is famous throughout the Exumas. Lorraine is a gem... she greets everyone with a smile, a wonderful meal and a welcoming atmosphere at her cafe. Cruisers sit around, chat over a Kalik or Sands, catch up on email with the free WIFI. At the Wednesday BBQ party we celebrated David's birthday with homemade carrot cake and everyone in the place sang to him. Lorraine presented him with a logo tee.

Second on our list of favorites is Ida's Rockside Laundry... and more. She made the delicious carrot cake as well as the daily servings of conch fritters (6 for a $1). While waiting for your laundry in the most upscale laundromat in the islands, Ida will cut your hair (see the picture of Bill's do). She also rents beachfront suites over the laundromat and brand new golf carts to tour the island. Her waterfront patio is often the site of cruiser afternoon cocktail parties.

The island roads aren't paved much beyond the few blocks of the settlement, but you can go a few more miles if you don't mind the bumps and dust of the more remote trails. We followed the northern one to a pool near the cut to the Sound where we found an abandoned sailboat that had run aground years ago. We followed the southern one to the abandoned marina that never got past dredging the canals and laying out the plots for the condo development. The pristine beach at that location was one of the best we have encountered, but it apparently wasn't enough of an attraction to keep the marina concept afloat.

Third place favorite is a toss up between Scorpio's Bar, featuring a happy hour with two for one rum punches three days a week and Desdemone's Restaurant with delicious homemade pizza. I suppose i could mention, that this list of favorites pretty much covers all of the entertainment at the Settlement. All of them cater to the cruisers who anchor in the bay. There is no marina, no fuel dock and no fancy gift shops. The school children on their bikes greet you at the dinghy dock if you land in late afternoon. Everyone you pass on the street says hello. The mail boat comes in once a week and hopefully brings enough to restock the few stores. The day we left we did so without any ice as there was none to be had..... luckily we managed to freeze a few hockey pucks of ice for our evening cocktails.

When it was time to leave, it was with great memories of wonderful people, both in the town and on the boats that shared the anchorage with us. To the former, we will return. To the latter, we hope to catch up another day with the new friends we made at Blackpoint.
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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
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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