The Adventure Continues...

18 March 2013 | Provo, TCI
11 February 2013 | Provo, Turks and Caicos
07 February 2013 | Landrail Point, Crooked Island
05 February 2013 | Long Cay, Bight of Acklins
22 January 2013 | Snug Corner, Acklins Island
14 January 2013 | Sand Dollar Beach, Georgetown, Bahamas
15 December 2012 | Emerald Bay, Exumas
07 December 2012 | Marina at Emerald Bay, Georgetown, Exumas
03 December 2012 | Warderick Wells, Exuma
26 November 2012 | 25 04.8'N:77 20.9'W
22 November 2012 | New River, Ft. LaLa
04 November 2012 | Ortega River, JAX, FL
25 July 2012 | Jacksonville, FL
19 July 2012 | Jacksonville, FL
06 July 2012 | Ortega River Yacht Club
05 July 2012 | Ortega River Yacht Club
27 June 2012 | Ortega River, Jacksonville, FL
02 June 2012 | Titusville, FL
29 May 2012 | Vero Beach, Fl
25 May 2012 | Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

Hiding out at Red Shanks Anchorage

29 April 2012 | 23 28.9'N: 75 44.2'W
Some pretty nasty weather was on its way and we puzzled over where to take cover. The lo and associated cold front wreaked havoc in the middle and eastern US and was strong enough to penetrate to the Tropic of Cancer, where we are located. Elizabeth Harbor is beautiful and spacious but has few places to hide if the wind is from the west or northwest.
A fellow cruiser mentioned Red Shanks anchorage, a well-known remote anchorage with 360 degree protection. According to the charts it appeared the depths were too shallow for our six foot draft. But the couple had recently been in there and assured us there was plenty of water. So, on high tide and with Maryann on the bow spotting coral heads and reefs we wove our way into to Red Shanks without any problems.
Red Shanks consists of several small uninhabited islands that create protection 360 degrees. So while the wind howled at 30 – 40 knots we were in relatively calm water with good holding in 10 feet of sand for 4 days. We explored by dinghy when weather permitted, Don fished off the dinghy on the edge of a blue hole and caught 2 small fish (he was so excited….the curse has been broken!) and we watched several green turtles poking along the surface. There were a total of 10 boats hiding with us. That was the only sign of civilization.
After the weather passed we headed back to Elizabeth Harbor to socialize and buy groceries! We will be back, Red Shanks!
Vessel Name: Straight from the Heart
Vessel Make/Model: Gulfstar Hirsh 45'
Hailing Port: Baltimore, MD
Crew: Maryann Timon & Don Mack
About: We purchased the 1987 Gulfstar in 2005 and have been upgrading her ever since. It hasn't been all work though, we managed to log in about 12,000 nm cruising the east coast, Maine and the Bahamas.
Extra: Additional crew: Velcro, the Prince of Barfness and our newest member, Kai the Bengal Kitten
Straight from the Heart's Photos - Main
Fun going to and enjoying Bambarra Beach
17 Photos
Created 21 February 2013
the 59th regatta in Georgetown
26 Photos
Created 29 April 2012
the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge had tremendous Lily Pads
5 Photos
Created 22 November 2011
Lots of wildlife, wild sights and fun
10 Photos
Created 7 November 2011
Our best crew and companions
1 Photo
Created 26 September 2011
Boat pics
2 Photos
Created 8 August 2011

The crew and boat

Who: Maryann Timon & Don Mack
Port: Baltimore, MD