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

Under the Sea

30 March 2016 | Bahamas
We have returned to the water as if we had gills and fins. From our first days in the Bahamas we eagerly dove beneath the surface to see what treasures we could find below. The water was irrestible from the deep blues of the Exumas to the emerald green of the Abacos, and always so clear you could see the tiniest fish or the smallest shell from many feet away. Some days were better than others...some were spectacular.... but none were a disappointment. Even if we only saw grass, sand and shells, we love being under the water.

Our best snorkeling was in the Exumas Parks. We found a wonderful reef in a cove east of Warderick Wells. The fish and coral were amazing. We marveled at the colors of the coral and the variety of fish. The millions of fish at the Aquarium of the Sea at Cambridge Cay were another treat. David fed them oatmea lfrom his dinghy and they came to the surface in droves to practically eat out of his hand. We did not go in the water there as the current was very strong and we had no where to beach the dinghy and safely swim to the 'aquarium'. But we found our own special place just a few miles away ... grouper, parrot fish, angelfish, wrases, sargent major, snapper and yellowtail swimming among the various coral formations ... sea fans, brain coral, tubes, staghorn and baskets.

The Thunderbolt Grotto at Staniel Cay lives up to its reputation. The James Bond film of the same name as filmed there. The cave is in the center of an island so snorkelers may have to swim into the rock opening to get inside...swm in with dozens of colorful fish to surface in a domed cavern with stalagmites and stalactites. The coral formations make a home for the multitude of fish outside the entrance in only a few feet of water. It is an adventure even amateurs can thoroughly enjoy.

The joy of snorkeling is that the water is so clear and so buoyant all fears immediately disappear. I'm not a strong swimmer, but one the mask and fins go on, I can stay in the water for hours. When we took Beth and Tody (Bill's daughter and son-in-law) to Mermaid Reef in Marsh Harbor we had to swim a quarter of a mile from the boat to the reef. I have never swum more than a pool's length in my life but found it was a simple feat. The fish there were unbelievable. We had been told to bring canned corn to feed them. Bill and Toby had to fend off the fish who tried to get at the corn right through the Ziplock bag. They swarmed out of every nook of coral to fight for the golden nuggets. The variety of fish was incredible.
Not every day is a find like Mermaid Reef. But we almost alwasy find interesting things to look at, shells to gather, beaches to explore. We have yet to snag a lobster, but we did fetch four conch in the Berries. Yesterday a pod of dolphin came past the boat...twice. With luck, the adventure continues a few more weeks.
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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