Adventures aboard Soul Purpose

03 April 2013 | Mouchoir Bank (Atlantic Ocean) and South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
28 March 2013 | Sapodilla Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
27 March 2013 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
03 March 2013 | Rudder Cut Cay, Exumas
22 February 2013 | Allans Cay to Staniel Cay, Exumas
15 February 2013 | Paradise Island - Atlantis Resort
14 February 2013 | Nassau, Bahamas
06 February 2013 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
02 February 2013 | Pineapple Cays, Eleuthera
19 January 2013 | Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
08 November 2012
29 May 2012 | Dickies Cay to John Cash Point (near Marsh Harbor)
28 May 2012 | Fisher’s Bay to Cistern to Man-O-War Cay / Dickies Cay (back and forth across the Sea of Abaco)
27 May 2012 | Green Turtle Cay to Fishers Bay, Great Guana Cay
23 May 2012 | Crab Cay to Bluff House Marina, Green Turtle Cay
22 May 2012 | Crab Cay, Little Abaco Island to Crab Cay off Manjack Cay
21 May 2012 | Great Sale Cay to Green Turtle Cay, umm, nope, how about Crab Cay on Little Abaco Island instead?
19 May 2012 | Lake Worth, FL to West End (Settlement Point), Grand Bahama Island
18 May 2012 | Stuart, FL to Lake Worth (West Palm Beach), FL

Day 2: Safe arrival to the Berrys!

19 January 2013 | Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
81 degrees, sunny with a few clouds
We made it to the Berrys safe and sound yesterday morning. It was a long two nights, but the weather cooperated and allowed us to sail a good portion of the trip. We departed Stuart around 2am and made a quick uneventful trip to West Palm where we pit stopped for fuel. We had to motor sailed to West Palm since the wind was off our bow quarter. We stopped for diesel around 8 AM and shoved off for the long trip toward the Bahamas. We kept close watch on the satellite weather and opted to head south toward Fort Lauderdale in order to provide the option to tuck into Bimini if the weather turned sooner than anticipated. Once we made the turn toward the east, heading away from the coast of FL, we were able to pull out the sails and give the engines some rest. The first half of the crossing we saw 3-4 ft waves with a 4 second period...took a mild beating due to the close period but it eventually evened out after we crossed the center of the gulf stream and we had smoother sailing with 17 kt winds. With a bunch of uncertainty in the forecast the crew made a decision to bypass the safe and easy option of Bimini and sail through the night to the Berry's. The forecast called for the cold front to push through the Atlantic waters around 10pm and the prediction was for the winds to quickly shift from South to North West. We elected a deep water outer Great Bahama Bank route to give us more course options if the wind and waves got crazy. We reefed the mainsail to the second reef around 9:45...good thing... At 9:50 a freight train of wind hit the boat. Within 15 seconds the wind went from a gentle Southerly 13kts to 30kts out of the WNW. We quickly furled the jib and reefed the main again to the 3rd reefing point (as small as the sail goes). With headlamps and the deck light to guide the crew the boat course was reset, the deck was cleared, lines secured and the boat set for battle. The wind stayed between 22 and 29 kts all night and seas grew as we rounded Little Isaac and set a course for the Berry's. What a ride! Following 7 foot seas and 20+ kts all night, with a sliver of Jib and a fully reefed main, we did 7 controlled kts of boat speed all night, with the autopilot doing all the work. We did not want to go over 7kts in order to navigate the channel at Great Harbor at sunrise. All went as planned, even the course/adjustments that we planned for as the wind shifted to North throughout the night. We all did shifts at the helm dodging cruise ships and freighters with the Radar all night.

At 10AM we arrived safely in the Berry's, shot my BB gun with the Customs agent and then with 3 people on 2 bicycles, we pedaled our way to the best Bacon Cheeseburgers on the island at the Beach Club. Rachel and Hayley wiped out once but luckily there had been drinking beforehand so there were no injuries. We hit the sac around 6:00pm and all woke up at 9am this morning! Let the fun begin!
Vessel Name: Soul Purpose
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, RI
Crew: Derek & Rachel
Soul Purpose is a Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 catamaran. She is 40' in length with a 21'6" beam and was manufactured in France. [...]
Soul Purpose's Photos - Main
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The first of our adventures aboard Soul Purpose
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Created 8 November 2012
25 days in the Abacos (our first trip outside of US waters) May-June 2012
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Created 8 November 2012
Our Loggerhead Family Photos - Summer 2012
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Who: Derek & Rachel
Port: Portsmouth, RI

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