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

Only a Day Away

04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
What a contrast....one day we are anchored in a bustling busy harbor full of commercial ships and mega yachts, the next we are anchored in a secluded bay on a deserted island. Fifteen hours to Paradise.

With a favorable wind out of the SE, predicted to go S, we left Lake Worth at 0830 on Thursday December 1st. We like crossing the Gulf Stream in daylight so we can see to drive the waves and monitor the shipping channels easily for freighters and cruse ships. The seas were choppy at first, more like Green Bay than ocean, but totally manageable motor sailing on a tight reach. In fact, we were surprised to find less wind and waves in the middle of the Stream. Skies were bright and sunny. We keep pinching ourselves at the luck to get such a good day to cross. We saw less than a dozen boats crossing either north or south of our track.

We arrived at our waypoint of Memory Rock an hour before sunset, just as planned. As there was a chance of squalls, and an obvious front behind us, we took in the sails to continue by motor alone. We are very conservative in our transits and we try not to go forward on deck for maneuvers after dark. By the way, our depths in the Stream +2300 feet dropped to 9 feet in the Little Bahama Banks, where we traveled for seven hours.

Those seven hours were the blackest black night either of us have ever experienced. Visibility was less than a boat length in front. Off to the starboard side the lights from Freeport glowed, but ahead it appeared were we driving in a black tunnel. Color was nonexistent, only shades of black, except for the occasional red or green of a navigation light. Even the water lost ifs green blue tinge and appeared next to the boat as a greige wave. Very weird! Sailing blindly along at seven knots is pretty intimidating.

Finally off in the distance we saw a few anchor lights of boats at Great Sale Cay, our destination for the night. Since we had been there last spring we were familiar with the bay and we were confident in our ability to get in safely in the dark. But thank goodness for GPS and good charts!

We dropped anchor at 2220 hrs (1120pm), a great run. After a midnight snack and a small Scotch, we set our anchor alarm and fell asleep almost immediately.
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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