Mystic Star Points South

Mystic Star Sailing Adventures in the Bahamas

02 May 2019
19 April 2019 | Georgetown, South Carolina
29 March 2019 | Hopetown
07 March 2019 | Black Point Return
11 February 2019 | Little Bay - Great Guana Cay
22 January 2019 | Rock Sound, Eleuthera
12 January 2019 | Spanish Wells
30 December 2018 | Key Biscayne, Outside Noname Harbor
23 November 2018 | Isle of Palms Marina
09 May 2017 | Rock Hall Harbor
02 May 2017
17 April 2017 | Cumberland Island
05 April 2017 | White Sound, Green Turtle Cay
17 March 2017 | Royal Island
05 March 2017 | Davis Harbour Marina, Eleuthera
21 February 2017 | Salt Pond, Long Island
03 February 2017 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
23 January 2017 | Emerald Bay Marina
05 January 2017 | Pipe Cay
20 December 2016 | Wardrick Wells

Synopsis Nov 22-29

29 November 2016 | Red Shanks
We continued to enjoy the area around Georgetown and Elizabeth Harbour, getting used to the weather patterns and finding things to do here and there. For Thanksgiving Day we cooked the full meal aboard Mystic Star with turkey (partial), dressing, most all of the trimmings and pumpkin pie for dessert. We had our new friends from the Netherlands Elise and Christiaan aboard (from ELZA) and enjoyed sharing the tradition with them. They had not previously experienced a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner so it was a delight to have them with us. We saw their pictures of their cruise a few years ago to Venezuela and up the Orinoco River there, quite exotic.

Daily, we continued to enjoy hiking around on Stocking Island with its great trails and beaches. Later on we picked up and moved to the Red Shanks area which is a group of small islands and cays with a lot of shallows. On our first attempt we found the sun angle impossible for reading the bottom so we planned for a better time the next day and found our way into a cozy anchorage. The weather was forecasted to be quite windy from the east to ESE so we came here for escape from the chop of the main harbor. Once inside we were happy with a very protected spot and found places to go ashore for walks and long tours by dinghy of the south side of Crab Cay with its near vertical banks of jagged limestone bedrock. One day we found lunch at an upscale resort complex known as February Point on the main island of Great Exuma. The marina there, like a few others, had been damaged by hurricanes in past years (possibly mostly by Matthew), but there was no problem finding a spot to tie up the dinghy at least. The place consisted of rather huge private villas with a nice pool, beach area and restaurant/bar. On another dinghy expedition we made our way to a very small beach (low to mid-tide only) that was bordered by impassible solid rock walls at the southeast tip of Crab Cay. The place is referred to as the “Red Shanks Yacht and Tennis Club”—an attempt at humor perpetrated by the cruising community, and does appear as such in the guide books. Apparently folks collect there for drinks and socializing at sunset (in the high season yet to come) when the tide timing makes it possible. The surrounding rock wall is decorated with dozens of painted conch shells commemorating cruisers visits. Beyond that we continued our planning of more extensive excursions and doing various boat maintenance projects.
Comments
Vessel Name: Mystic Star
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 46
Hailing Port: Rock Hall MD
Crew: Bill & Donna
About:
Sailing the Chesapeake for 33 years and the east coast of the US and Canada for the last 7 years. We've sailed on "OPBs" to Bermuda, and to most of the Eastern Caribbean islands from the BVIs to Grenada. [...]
Extra:
2016: The planned trip south in Nov 2016 will involve an offshore passage direct from the Chesapeake to a port of entry in the Bahama Islands. Crew for this trip includes experienced ocean sailors Randy, John & Richard. 2018: We are making the trip south this time with just the two of us so [...]
Mystic Star's Photos - Main
Sailing & ICW to home in Rock Hall by May 1, 2019
10 Photos
Created 5 May 2019
Abacos, St Augustine FL, Georgetown SC
15 Photos
Created 20 April 2019
Bitter Guana Cay to Hopetown, Elbow Cay
18 Photos
Created 29 March 2019
Great Guana, Rudder Cut Cay, Georgetown Regatta, Conception Is, Lee Stocking Is
18 Photos
Created 9 March 2019
Northern Exumas - Shroud Cay, Warderick Wells, Cambridge Cay
15 Photos
Created 11 February 2019
Alabaster Bay to Rock Sound
11 Photos
Created 22 January 2019
11 Photos
Created 13 January 2019
Trip from Charleston SC to Miami FL, Dec 11 to Dec 30. ICW and offshore legs
10 Photos
Created 30 December 2018
Trip South from Rock Hall MD to Florida 2018
3 Photos
Created 1 December 2018
ICW in South Carolina and on to North Carolina
11 Photos
Created 31 May 2017
Arrival in St Augustine and trip to Fernandina Beach & Cumberland Island Georgia
10 Photos
Created 31 May 2017
Last of the trip through Virginia & Maryland
3 Photos
Created 9 May 2017
Touring the Abacos by boat, car, bike, golf cart and on foot
30 Photos
Created 5 April 2017
Eleuthera touring by car & boat, then Spanish Wells and Harbor Island by fast ferry.
30 Photos
Created 28 March 2017
Touring Cat Island, on the beach at Little San Salvador aka Half Moon Cay, Marina at Davis Harbour, Eleuthera
17 Photos
Created 5 March 2017
Photos from our stay at Monument Beach, Georgetown then car tour of Long Island
18 Photos
Created 22 February 2017
Photos of places we visited in the Exumas, Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
8 Photos
Created 23 January 2017
Georgetown Bahamas area, Nov 2016
7 Photos
Created 27 November 2016