Cruising on Ondine

Sailing with Jim and Shawn

Vessel Name: Ondine
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 39 - 1968
Hailing Port: Wicomico Church, Virginia, USA
Crew: Jim Lamb, Shawn Lamb
17 January 2022
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17 January 2022

Sharks in the Water

This is a bit out of sequence, but at Staniel Cay and Big Major we saw more sharks than fish. Twice we had large bull sharks swim under our dinghy as we approached our boat or our neighbor’s.

17 January 2022

Seaplane visit

This morning at Cambridge Cay we were visited by a seaplane.

16 January 2022

Cambridge Cay Barracuda

A quick shot of the barracuda that shadowed us as the four of us snorkeled at Rocky Dundas.

16 January 2022

Cambridge Cay Snorkeling

Saturday January 13, 2022. We went to three great snorkeling locations today with Heather and Mike from Salvea. First was “Rocky Dundas” which is composed of 2 caves. The stalactites held on tightly while we met a barracuda and a stingray as we swam between the caves. We then moved to [...]

15 January 2022 | Cambridge Cay

Cambridge Cay – Hiding from Squirrely Winds

Thursday January 13, 2022. We have been here several days already, to our benefit. We are on a solid mooring with good protection from the east winds, which blew at over 30 knots Tuesday night. Shawn did talk Jim into playing cards for an hour or two on Wednesday afternoon. Then the wind calmed down [...]

11 January 2022 | Cambridge Cay

And back to Cambridge Cay for a bit

We really love the Exuma Land and Sea Park and we are hiding from pending westerly winds. So we are killing two birds with one stone.

Sharks in the Water

17 January 2022
Jim Lamb
This is a bit out of sequence, but at Staniel Cay and Big Major we saw more sharks than fish. Twice we had large bull sharks swim under our dinghy as we approached our boat or our neighbor’s.

I have posted a photo of one of those interactions.

Seaplane visit

17 January 2022
Jim Lamb
This morning at Cambridge Cay we were visited by a seaplane.

There are private properties within the Exuma Land and Sea Park. One was visited by a seaplane that landed in the midst of a dozen boats.

I came down near us as it set up for its takeoff, which is when I took the photo.

Cambridge Cay Barracuda

16 January 2022
Jim Lamb
A quick shot of the barracuda that shadowed us as the four of us snorkeled at Rocky Dundas.

We don’t know who he thought looked tasty because he eventually left us alone.

Cambridge Cay Snorkeling

16 January 2022
Jim Lamb
Saturday January 13, 2022. We went to three great snorkeling locations today with Heather and Mike from Salvea. First was “Rocky Dundas” which is composed of 2 caves. The stalactites held on tightly while we met a barracuda and a stingray as we swam between the caves. We then moved to see the Elkhorn Coral off Honeymoon Beach. That was nice long, and slightly chilly swim. Third, we went to Bonsai Island. It was shallow and sandy. We looped the island with the fish. We felt like we were swimming inside an aquarium. The beauty of this park has enchanted us.

We have a beach party this afternoon. So back to the boat for a short nap!

Cambridge Cay – Hiding from Squirrely Winds

15 January 2022 | Cambridge Cay
Jim Lamb
Thursday January 13, 2022. We have been here several days already, to our benefit. We are on a solid mooring with good protection from the east winds, which blew at over 30 knots Tuesday night. Shawn did talk Jim into playing cards for an hour or two on Wednesday afternoon. Then the wind calmed down enough for us to leave the boat and visit our new friends Mike and Heather on Salvea. It was a great break!

Today we expect the wind to shift around to the west. Fortunately, we do have good protection from the west as well. It should not be too strong tonight, then it moves again. Saturday will be L and V (light and variable). A new weather force will kick in on Saturday night and Sunday. We have been warned to expect very strong winds from the west this weekend, so we are not going anywhere for several days.

Saturday, we plan to use the calm winds to snorkel at low tide at Rocky Dundas with Mike and Heather. Other than that, we will be hiking, running the water maker, washing clothes and playing cards. We both have good books!

Internet is very limited and unreliable, so updates to the blog will be limited through Tuesday, at least. Then we may move south.

And back to Cambridge Cay for a bit

11 January 2022 | Cambridge Cay
Jim Lamb
We really love the Exuma Land and Sea Park and we are hiding from pending westerly winds. So we are killing two birds with one stone.

Cambridge Cay has excellent moorings with excellent protection from most directions. They also have well-constructed and carefully maintained moorings. Picture a 1 1/2 inch Dacron tether and a mooring that is drilled 15 feet into the seabed. The moorings are design to handle boats up to 65 feet long, far larger than ours. Sometimes the current and the waves are rough, but we are secure.

We went on a walk on the beach (photo) this morning, and met a couple from Michigan, Mike and Heather. They are in Salveo A Westsail 32. We will get together with them later in the day.

We will not be traveling again for several days, but will be hiking and snorkeling. Today's hike was on Honeymoon Beach


Tough life!
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Wicomico Church, VA to Bahamas
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