The Baars' Adventure Aboard EIRA

Menno, Valerie, Daniel, John and their dog Daisy are off to explore the Caribbean Islands for two years-no-make that three years!

23 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
20 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
06 June 2008 | Charleston, South Carolina
05 June 2008 | Passage in the Gulf Stream
04 June 2008 | Little Bahamas Bank
03 June 2008 | Green Turtle Cay, The Abacos
27 May 2008 | Little Harbour, The Abacos
26 May 2008 | Little Harbour, The Abacos
25 May 2008 | Hope Town, The Abacos
24 May 2008 | Hope Town, Elbow Cay
23 May 2008 | Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay
22 May 2008 | Marsh Harbour, The Abacos
19 May 2008 | Lynard Cay,The Abacos
27 April 2008 | Paradise Island, Bahamas
20 April 2008 | Normans Cay
19 April 2008 | Normans Cay
18 April 2008 | Passage from Nassau to The Exumas
06 April 2008 | Normans Cay
02 April 2008 | Normans Cay
31 March 2008 | Normans Cay

House hunting...

23 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
We like the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area and are thinking this may be where we drop the anchor and stay awhile. We are starting to look at homes and have already looked into the schools and are pleased with the elementary, middle and high schools. Being close to the water is super and as I said previously the beaches here are great! More to follow.

Photo: John, Charlotte, Robert, Daniel and Lawrence having fun in the Carolina surf!

Cruising in the Carolinas

20 June 2008 | Wilmington, North Carolina
We have been stateside for two weeks now. We left Charleston and made our way up the ICW and Cape Fear River to the historic city of Wilmington. We spent four days at the Waterfront Docks getting a feel for the city and enjoying the charm of the Historic District. Charlotte met us that first night and we treated her to some cracked conch fresh from the Abacos! We have moved EIRA over to Wrightsville Beach and are now anchored in the sound. We are a stones throw from Charlotte's house and the wonderful beach at Wrighstville. We are still in the cruising lifestyle mode, having school in the mornings and the afternoons free. Charlotte's nieces and nephews are visiting the beach house for summer so Daniel and John have had a super time playing with all of the kids! The beach is a great surfers beach and the boys are having fun on the surf board and are fortunate to have Deans here ( a real surfer dude!) to give them some tips.

Photo: We have raised all of our flags from the countries we visited over the past 3 years! EIRA looks raather festive!

Land ho!

06 June 2008 | Charleston, South Carolina
We were met by dolphins playing in the surf around EIRA as we approached Charleston Harbour. The noticeable difference between the dolphins playing here and those who said farewell to us in the Sea of Abaco was the color and clarity of the water! Nothing compares to the crystal clear waters on the Bahama banks. The Charleston water is a dark muddy brown.
We travelled 460 miles and had a great trip. The days did not have much wind but in the evenings the wind picked up and we had beautiful, brisk sails. No moon, however the night sky was brillant with stars. The Gulf Stream gave us some good speed under Eira's keel, clocking 8-9 knots regularly.
We dropped the anchor in the Ashley River and Customs and Immigrations came to clear us back into the US of A- no problems. We put the dinghy down and took Daisy ashore- she was very happy to be on terre firme once again.
Vessel Name: EIRA
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 393
Hailing Port: Solomons Island, Maryland
Crew: Menno, Valerie, Daniel and John Baars
About: Valerie, Menno, Daniel, John and our dog Daisy are aboard Eira off to explore The Bahamas. We will island hop south through the Caribbean with plans to be in Grenada by Hurricane season. Our second "windy season" will be spent in the Spanish Virgin Islands.
Extra: "Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in you sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."--Mark Twain
EIRA's Photos - Turks and Caicos
Jane caught a very large barracuda while crossing the Caicos Banks.
Rainbow in South Caicos
The fishermen also brought in 200-300 pounds of conch meat daily!!!
Weighing the conch meat
We had a meal for 8 people with just the meat from LEGS of these lobsters!
The women are cleaning the conch meat
Lobster and Conch processing plant in South Caicos
The local fishermen would bring in boatloads of lobster every day!
He is taking off the lobster head.
Looks as though John is bringing the conch up, he has defeated another conch!! yeah!!
Heeree little lobster....
Dinner is served!
The colorful Parrot Fish.
French grunts
John loves snorkling and conch fighting! This is the story of John and his "Conch fight!"
John spots a conch in the sand..He goes down to capture it.
John is searching the bottom in hopes of finding a conch...
John picks up the conch and the struggle begins... the conch is putting up a good fight.
Valerie at the "Aquarium" in South Caicos.
Sundowners in West Caicos
West Caicos
Bridge dating back to the 1700
Fossilized shells
Val, Daniel, John and Paul(Dreamweaver)
We got a tour of West Caicos by John, the foreman in charge of building the new Ritz Carlton and developing the isolated island.
John and Margot
Remco and Margot in West Caicos
Turks and Caicos
Exploring a secluded cay in the TandC
Family photo in West Caicos
West Caicos
Daniel bringing up two conch while John escorts him back to the dinghy.
Brain coral
Daniel, John, Menno and Margot enjoy crossing the Caicos Banks to West Caicos.
Remco looking for coral heads while crossing the Caicos Banks
John, Menno and Paul blowing conch horns at sunset.
Val enjoying a Sundowner at Sapodilla Beach in the Turks and Caicos
Sapodilla Beach
Sunset at Sapodilla Beach in the Turks and Caicos.
Family movie night, we are watching Harry Potter, The Prisoner of Azkahaban.
John and Margot
A friendly game of poker...
Daniel blowing the conch horn at sunset.
Remco and Daniel go for a kayak ride
Remco and Margot
John, Daniel,Margot and Remco in West Caicos.