Barracuda's Blog

The adventures of Kate and Graham and our OVNI 395.

16 January 2019 | Highbourne Cay, Exumas
15 January 2019 | Allen’s Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
13 January 2019 | Palm Cay Marina, New Providence, Bahamas
11 January 2019 | Highbourne Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
09 January 2019 | Shroud Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
08 January 2019 | Hawksbill Cay - south, Exumas, Bahamas
07 January 2019 | Hawksbill Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
06 January 2019 | Pirate’s Lair, Exumas, Bahamas
05 January 2019 | Warderick Wells Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
03 January 2019 | O’Briens Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
02 January 2019 | Compass Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
01 January 2019 | Pig Bay, Big Spot Majors, Exuma Islands, Bahamas
29 December 2018 | Staniel Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas
27 December 2018 | Shroud Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas
24 December 2018 | Shroud Cay, Exuma Islands, Bahamas
23 December 2018 | Allen's Cays, Exuma Islands, Bahamas
21 December 2018 | Palm Cove Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
18 December 2018 | Bird Cay, Bahamas
17 December 2018 | Berry Islands, Bahamas
16 December 2018 | Alice Town, North Bimini, Bahamas

Homeward Bound

23 April 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, Grand Bahama
It was an interesting moment when we both pretty much said in unison: time to head for home. This whole trip has been an absolute blast and we have just loved the last few weeks in the Bahamas. We could keep doing more Bahamas, but we are now thinking of coming back here for next winter. We still have the US East Coast to cover and the Chesapeake Bay to see (if time allows), as well as friends and family to catch up with, before we catch a flight across the pond. So rather than staying longer in the Bahamas we jointly decided it was time to head north and to start our homeward journey.

Our three nights in Palm Cay Marina, New Providence, were a good rest after the total highs of the Exumas. We fuelled up and watered up and bought more food, showered a lot and did the laundry – all the stuff our readers don’t really get excited about but for us it is the bread and butter of comfortable life aboard. We had started to develop a wee community of very friendly boaters in the marina. All in all it was a good stop.

Yesterday we left as the outbound security chain went down, and headed round through strong winds and bumpy seas east of New Providence. Onward, threading our way through the last of the Bahamas reefs that we will negotiate, and then out once again into the deep blue sea. We decided to head straight up for Grand Bahama, where we can complete our check out formalities, and do the 150 miles non-stop. The overnight passage was busy, as we discovered that all the cruise ships and cargo ships in the area use the route we had chosen, so we dodged some of the ships and called a few of the others up, and generally kept out of their way until we arrived in Old Bahamas Bay Marina today. Just for the record – and prices have increased dramatically as we head north - this is the most expensive marina we have visited, with the least useful docking staff – just saying. On top of a punitive docking rate we have had to pay a $15 mandatory water charge whether we use it or not - so Barracuda (and Guppy) will enjoy a good wash just for the hell of it!! (You can take the boy out of Scotland but you can’t take Scotland out of the boy.)

Our weather world is changing too as we head north. G had a lot of rain this morning (while K was asleep) and though we are still full-time in shorts, the fleeces are out for night-time passages. We are starting to realise that our warm winter travels may soon be over as we head up the cooler north east US. We’re looking forward to getting home, but not so keen on having to get back to a world of heavy clothes, eating indoors and even – heaven forbid – oilskins – after ten months of sunshine. Tomorrow – fingers crossed - we will enter the Gulf Stream for the first time – we will tell you how that goes in our next blog.

No good photos from the last few days so we have included our best fish pic from the Exumas.
Vessel Name: Barracuda
Vessel Make/Model: OVNI 395
Crew: Graham and Kate
About: Learning as we go....
Extra: Look to this day for it is life...
Barracuda's Photos - Main
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Created 30 April 2016
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Created 16 September 2015
a pre-retirement holiday
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Created 21 June 2015
some shots from our lovely trip around the Aegean with Ailie
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Created 16 January 2015
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Created 19 July 2014
2 great weeks with Steve and Bibi Rainey.
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Created 18 July 2014
A long weekend with Catherine and David.
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Created 18 July 2014
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Created 18 July 2014
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Created 18 July 2014
Barracuda, K & G head south to a new home.
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Created 18 July 2014
Barracuda does the Western Isles of Scotland.
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Created 18 July 2014
Kate and Graham Chillin'
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Created 18 July 2014

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