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

On the Road Again

12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
We left Two Way Fish Camp Marina on Wednesday, November 9th with some regret at leaving a great location with newly-made friends. We have installed the new compass, the lockers are full to overflowing with food, the bimini is on with solar panels to be tested, the dinghy is clean and ready. We've had a great week at Two Way, feeling more and more at home as the week wore on. We are best buds with the locals and the staff at Mudcat Charlies. We will miss their great hospitality. Thank you Charlie and David at the yard, Carrie, Rick and TC at Mudcats. We will be back, see you in May.

In the realm of small world, we met Randy and Terry from the Nordic Tug, Hogsbreath, out of Sarnia, who know our friends, Marty and LindyLou and Paul and Deb, from our North Channel adventures. They showed up on our docks this week, looking to purchase a southern sailboat. We think we may have seen them in the past when we've traveled NC or Georgian Bay as we shared many common experiences.

Our first night at anchor was in Umbrella Creek, which we discovered last year. It is just south of Jekyll Islan where we enjoyed a spectacular sunset followed by a calm, cool night with brilliant stars and moon. We were the only boat in the creek.

We had more company, about a dozen boats, in the anchorage at Cumberland Island. We couldn't go ashore as the park is closed from damage to the docks caused by Hurricane Matthew. It was another gorgeous night, with the treat of a cocktail on deck without being bugged !

Last night we docked at the Jacksonville Free Dock, a secure place on a creek east of the city. There is no power, but our solar is working now, so it isn't needed. There were five other boats there, all heading south to various destinations. A local couple visit the dock daily, to ask boaters if they need anything, offering rides to the grocery or marine store. What great hospitality!

Today we are at Beach Marina, just under ten miles from the Free Dock, but with a sports bar with lots of TVs. We cheered on the Badgers today and will do so for the Packers tomorrow. The weather today has been cool and very windy so a dock out of the weather was a easy decision. Only half the marina is available for docking as much of the floating docks were damaged by the hurricane, so we are glad we made a reservation yesterday.

We plan to continue traveling south on the ICW at a leisurely pace to Lake Worth, where we will wait for a weather window to let us cross to the Bahamas. We hope to revisit some favorite familiar places and find some new ones on our venture south. It will include Eleuthra and Exumas on our way to the ultimate destination, Puerto Rico. We are looking forward to meeting up with some of the cruising couples we met last year.

Please join us vicariously on our adventure. Our tracker can be found at https://share.delorme.com/whisper. My sister tells me her husband, Joe, checks on us the first thing each morning, and he isn't even a sailor!
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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
15 Photos
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.
20 Photos
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
6 Photos
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
5 Photos
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
4 Photos
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 ????
3 Photos
Created 17 June 2015