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

Idyllic Islands in the Abacos

22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
Once we crossed through the Whale Channel into the northern Abacos, we found ourselves back among the lightly inhabited islands and anchorages we love. As charming as the towns were, we most enjoy being at anchor in off a beach or mangrove swamp. We had many days of each.

Our first stop was White Sound, in Green Turtle Cay. We had expected a busy tourist spot but it was lightly populated and laid back there. We anchored with a dozen other boats in a completely protected anchorage that featured two resorts for shoreside entertainment. We rented a golf cart one day and toured almost all of Green Turtle, including the settlement of New Plymouth. The best part of the tour were the magnificent beaches on the ocean side, surrounded by offshore reefs.

After a few days of relaxing and visiting with the other boaters, we sailed a few miles north to Manjack Cay. This anchorage features a mangrove swamp with channels filled with turtles to follow, reefs to snorkel filled with conch, and a family of swimming pigs on an adjoining cay. One piglet swam out to Bill as he snorkeled completely obvious of his companion.

I had my own wildlife encounter one day on the beach. I was walking the weedline in the shallow water when I felt a tickle at the back of my leg. I looked down to see a sting ray nibbling at me! Needless to say, I thrashed my way to the shoreline, only to have the critter came back a second time while I was picking up a shell. It followed me almost up onto the beach before it turned to swim off.

During our stay at Manjack we decided to visit a the nearly town of Cooper's Town for a few provisions and some dinghy fuel. Few, is the operative word here. The town is tiny with a single dock, high out of the water a low tide, but a helpful dockhand to get us tied up. The nearby market had ice and lettuce but not much more.... I won't comment on the mystery meat patties that we cooked one night.

At this point, we were waiting for our weather window to cross to Florida and when it appeared imminent, we sailed 20 more miles to Allen-Pennsacola anchorage. It provided a nice quiet spot to spend the night. The next day we sailed 40 miles to Great Sale Cay, the stepping off point for the crossing.
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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
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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!!!
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