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

Au Revoir

31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco
The past two weeks have been bittersweet.... we have begun the trip back north, signaling the end of this year's adventures in the south. We said goodbye to the wonderful bays and islands of the Exumas, and we said au revoir to our new best buddies, Polly and David on 'Illusions', as they headed back to the States.

But not before we shared a few more adventures. We left Black Sound to head back into the Exumas Park at Cambridge Cay. It was a half day sail, ending at a mooring field between two islands with just two empty mooring balls. Luck was with us, as the current was pretty strong coming off the Exuma Sound. We spent a day there exploring the snorkeling options... the Aquarium of the Sea was a short dinghy ride. The fish were amazing, they came right to the surface as David fed them oatmeal out of his hands. But the current there too was very strong and we had no where to safely anchor the dinghy and swim to and from the reef. Instead, we found a fabulous reef just a short ride down the coast full of colorful coral and a wide variety of fish.

The next day we headed across the Exuma Sound to Eleuthra, a 50 mile jaunt in open water. The sail was wonderful!!! We easily reached our destination, Rock Sound, before sunset. There were a half dozen boats in the anchorage, including the three Bristol's we had encountered at Black Point, 'Egret', 'Bristol Cream' and 'Blue Heaven'. We took time in the morning to walk to the grocery and liquor stores, and thankfully got a ride back to the marina with a friendly local woman. Then we headed out on another day long sail...to Hatchet Bay, halfway up the coast.

Hatchet Bay is an almost perfectly enclosed bay, with a narrow entrance channel that you can't even see until you are directly in front of it. The water was calm and clear, with even fewer boaters to share the serenity. We left early the next morning for the long trek to the top of the island, Spanish Wells.

There is a cut through the island at Current Cut, but it is a tricky one that is advisable to transit only with a favorable tide. Of course, we didn't have that so we did an extra 20 miles to go through an easier passage. We arrived at a perfect anchorage on the west side of Meeks Patch at the end of the day... the only two boats there, just off a lovely beach.

With an early start, we guaranteed ourselves a full day to enjoy
Spanish Wells. After refueling, we docked at the under-construction Spanish Wells Yacht Haven. What a find! New, sturdy docks, beautiful bathrooms and showers, lovely boaters lounge, soon to open pool and restaurant, and brand new rental golf carts. We took advantage of a cart, and took off for a tour of the city. Polly and I had forgotten earrings when we dressed, so the first stop was a gift shop with lots of jewelry choices that ended with both of us wearing sea glass earrings. Now properly dressed, we headed to the Shipyard Bar and Restaurant for drinks and lunch... seafood of course. Our afternoon tour took us all over two islands, with stops at the outdoor Sand Bar on one end, and Budda's Bar and liquor store, which resided in several retired school buses. Bill and David picked up some additional/replacement fishing gear which they hoped would attract more edible fish than we had yet encountered (ie. none). The day ended with a stop at Daddy Scoops Ice Cream stand, open from 7:30-9, flavors of the day Butterfinger and Chocolate.

Our longest sail started early the next morning, as we were crossing to the Abacos over open water. There was little wind so we motor sailed, but at least it was downwind. There was little traffic and, still, no fish. By the time we got to Little Harbor Cut it was nearly sunset and low tide, so we decided not to try the narrow, shallow entrance channel into the harbor and anchored just outside. Unfortunately, the swell off the ocean was unending and kept us awake all night. I slept on the cabin sole just so I didn't have to brace myself from rolling off the settee.

This meant we didn't get a last celebratory cocktail hour and dinner with Polly and David (on St Pat's day) as we split up the next day, 'Whisper' to Marsh Harbor and 'Illusions' to Man O War Cay. Just you wait, Polly and David, we'll make up for this when we see you in New Bern on our way back north.
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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.
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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!
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!!!
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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