Five Islands

Who: Ralph & Karen
Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
13 May 2011 | Calgary, Canada
29 March 2011 | Cusco, Peru
16 March 2011 | La Paz, Bolivia
14 March 2011 | Puno, Peru
10 March 2011 | Ariquipa, Peru
07 March 2011 | Nazca Peru
01 March 2011 | Lima Peru
23 February 2011 | Panamarina, Panama
19 February 2011 | Miradup, San Blas, Panama
16 February 2011 | Miradup, San Blas, Panama
13 February 2011 | Rio Sidra & Canbombia, San Blas, Panama
11 February 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
08 February 2011 | Nargana, San Blas, Panama
04 February 2011 | Nargana, San Blas, Panama
02 February 2011 | Hot tub, Holandes Islands, San Blas, Panama
01 February 2011 | Robeson Islands, San Blas, Panama
01 February 2011 | Robeson Islands, San Blas, Panama
30 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
30 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
28 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama

Hello Cuba - So long Bahamas!

06 April 2010 | Marina Santiago de Cuba
Ralph
Holy Sh#t we made it to Cuba! We pulled into the marina yesterday at around 9:30am. It was a 28 hour passage traveling 180 miles and I would say a pretty comfortable trip. The wind started blowing hard sunday evening - 25 kts, gusting to 30kts. But we had a following sea and the wind was off our SB stern at about 150 degrees. The waves built to around 7 - 8 ft with a larger ones every now and then. Five Islands handled it with ease. We put in a double reef at around 5:00pm to slow us down but even with just the double reefed main we were still doing 6 - 7 kts and would surf down waves with the top speed being 15kts. Karen and I did 2 hour shifts through the night and I managed to sleep on both of my off-shifts.

Pulling into Cuba was beautiful with the mountains and a huge fort at the entrance along with some dolphins that came to greet us.

The check-in procedures here are notorious and we had a whole string of different officials come on to the boat to do the paperwork and check everything out. We had prepared well and it went smoothly. First we had a doctor and a insect inspector, followed by a fruit inspector, meat inspector. The came the customs agents along with two dogs sniffing for drugs and explosives. The dogs were both Springer Spaniels - just like our dog Holly back home - except alot skinner. We were cleared in before noon and went into the cafe here at the marina for lunch. After lunch we got a taxi to take us to the center of Santiago and we were pleasantly surprised at how clean and neat the city was. We saw lots of old american made cars from the 50's that are still in mint condition. There were lots of people out in the streets, with kids playing everywhere and people just sitting out and visiting. Very few tourists and the people were very friendly. We soon had our own tour guide and he showed us his favorite places in the city. Miguel works at the front desk of a big hotel and makes around 10 cucs per month - that is about $12 cdn. He arranged for us to have dinner this evening at a private resaurant for which he will receive a bottle of cooking oil and a bag of rice - which would cost him about 6 cucs to purchase.

We are all really excited to be here and will spend the next few days getting comfortable and checking out our surrounding and then decide when we will move on to the next anchorage in Cuba.
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Vessel Name: Five Islands
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 37' TPI
Hailing Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Crew: Ralph & Karen
About: Married 26 years and looking for new adventures to share. Wanting to learn more about the world and about ourselves.
Extra: Five Islands is named after a small island located in the Winnipeg River where many memories were made. We view our boat as the opportunity see amazing places that will create quality memories like the ones made at Five Islands.
Five Islands's Photos - Bahamas - Part 1 (Main)
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A banana tree in Black Point
A collection of driftwood uniquely arranged and titled
The local school in Black Point
A boat under construction in Black Point
Staniel Cay
Not sure if you can see how this rock is undercut at the waters edge.  It looks pretty cool.
Monohull stuck on a reef with a couple of small boats trying to get him off
Cruisers enjoying the BBQ at the beach
Local kids playing on the beach
Random Walk at Compass Cay.  Notice the dark clouds approaching.  It went from calm to 30kt winds in a matter of minutes.  When you see the dark distinct line, you know it has some bite to it.
Sharks at the Compass Cay Marina.  They hang around looking for handouts and when the fisherman clean their catch, they get the scraps
Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay
More Nurse Sharks
The view from our boat at Staniel Cay
Pigs on the beach looking for a handout
Bacon & Eggs on our front porch
Big pig coming to eat our handouts
Beautiful flowering tree in Staniel Cay
Karen
Derrick
the dingy looks like it
Random Walk
clouds are coming
waited a little too long for the bus
Ralph and Derrick in deep conversation
"The pups" on Random Walk
Beach on Highborne Cay
The sand was so fine!
Feeding the Ramoras under our boat
Ramoras
Check out the cool thing on the top of their head
Chris on the beach at Highborne
Our first day at the beach
Chris & Derrick chillin
Cool refections in the calm water as we crossed from Nassau to the Exumas
Lounging around
Huge sailboat at the marina
New Years Eve
Peeling shrimp for dinner
Soaking up the sun
The Daughter
Son in the sunshine
Human sculpture
Waking up
The beach across the road from the marina in Ft Lauderdale
Juno beach in West Palm Beach
Getting ready to leave Lake Worth
Taking a break at African Lion Safari
Disney cruise ship parked behind us
Here is the GPS track of our run down south.  Where the track starts curving towards land was when the wind was shifting and then you can see where we jibed the sail
Neighbors in the Cape Marina
The odometer from the chartplotter.  The max speed is not right, but we did cover 202 mles in 31 hours
I was wiped out.  I had only slep 45 minutes!
Coming into Cape Canaveral
Figuring out where we are going to stop
Sailing along
Some if the waves on Saturday morning. They were much bigger during the night
Another wave coming to carry us forward
Check out the color of the water
The moon rising in the east.
The sun setting in the west
A large freighter that passed behind us.  That AIS system works great.
Karen in her fancy new foul weather gear
Getting ready for the new arch - that has not yet arrived
Preparing the anchor light
Ralph - up the mast for the first time
Ralph trying to make repairs to the anchor light and wind sensor.
Cutting up some rib steaks.
The meat fairy made a visit
Its a looooong way up!
A picture of a beach on Jekyll Island.
A shrimp boat in action
Ralph diriving his boat for the first time.
Cleaning up the mess from the leaking tank
The shiny new tank installed
 
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Five Islands

Who: Ralph & Karen
Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada