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

Exploring the Exumas

07 December 2016 | Little Farmers Cay
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6 The strong breezes of the last few days began to abate, so we picked up and moved to be close to town for errands the next morning. We saw Christiaan and Elise also into town before their departure to eventually make their way back to Curacao. We hope they have a great voyage! Around midday we left Georgetown and headed out Conch Cay Cut for the 25 nm trip up the Exuma chain to Adderly Cut. It was a good downwind sail in 14-18 kts but fairly rolly out in Exuma Sound. We made our way through Adderly Cut and SE to an anchorage off Lee Stocking Island near an abandoned research station. This spot was once the site of a very active marine research center from the seventies until it closed in 2012. There was an amazing amount of infrastructure left in place and it was eerie to walk by ourselves around this ghost town. (See Cruising World/Exumas Ghost Town [2016] on the web for more details on what we encountered there). In one building there were several dozen large aquaria left in place, and another with file cabinets still containing research documents and summaries, data discs and so on. Apparently dozens of people worked here for several decades then seemed to have left in a hurry when funding dried up. Further down the western shore of the island was a picturesque beach with coconut palms lining the shore. We found a trail that leads up to the summit of Perry’s Peak, the highest point in the Exuma chain at a whopping 39 meters above sea level with great views at the top. Perry was also the founder of the marine research facility. It seemed as though we had this entire island to ourselves, and saw only a few passing boaters but no one ashore here.
On Saturday we hoisted anchor and moved the approximately 2 nm to Leaf Cay. From there we dinghied ashore to a beach on the western tip of the island and were met by dozens of pink iguanas. It seems that various small tour boats stop by here and feed them, so they’re on the lookout for handouts once they see a boat landing. By Sunday the wind was coming around to the east and getting a bit bouncy at this location, so we moved back to the great spot off of Lee Stocking Island to spend another day. Somewhere in this timeframe we had our first gear breakdown that required some attention. The generator up and quit very suddenly in the midst of battery charging and water making. After working on it for a while, it seems that either the injector pump or fuel shut off solenoid had failed. And of course neither part was amongst our spares inventory. As a result we’ll be testing the ability of local operations to have parts delivered from the states. We’ll see how that goes, but have planned not to let it mess up our cruise up the Exuma chain over these next weeks. On Monday the 5th we headed back out Adderly Cut into the boisterous Exuma Sound once again and headed north to Cave Cay Cut, just a few hours of sailing once again on a run. We found an anchoring spot west of Musha Cay in what we learned is being called “Copperfield Bay”. It turns out that the famous magician, David Copperfield had purchased Musha Cay and about ten other islands nearby and created an ultra-exclusive resort here. The whole facility can accept only 24 guests at one time (or fewer) with daily rates of $39,000 to $56,000!! Just now, the resort seems to be vacant. [on the web, look up Musha Cay resort]. Next day we made our way through some rather torturous navigation through shallows on the banks on the west side of the island chain to Little Farmers Cay. We aimed to dock at the small marina there known as Farmers Cay Yacht Club—no one else there but we did get a prompt return call on the VHF from the proprietor Roosevelt Nixon, who helped us get tied up and gave us advice on what to do here, where to go as well as served a great lunch of cracked conch. Later we made some calls about parts needed for the generator then took a walk to town. The locals at the dock were happy to show us the native green turtles, rays and nurse shark in the small harbor that were excited to be hand fed cracked conch as well! Afterwards we met fellow cruisers Bill & Helen from Alembic who had anchored in the harbor later in the day. We all ended up at Ty’s Sunset Bar & Grill on the opposite side of the island for drinks & dinner (as the only customers). A previous attempt to arrange for dining at the famous “Ocean Cabin” was thwarted when a call to the premises informed us that owner/chef would be in choir practice that evening so would be unable to serve dinner. We shared some great stories of places visited with Bill and Helen and hope to remember half of the ones they mentioned to visit ourselves in the coming months.
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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. [...]
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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
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Created 5 May 2019
Abacos, St Augustine FL, Georgetown SC
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Created 20 April 2019
Bitter Guana Cay to Hopetown, Elbow Cay
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Created 29 March 2019
Great Guana, Rudder Cut Cay, Georgetown Regatta, Conception Is, Lee Stocking Is
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Created 9 March 2019
Northern Exumas - Shroud Cay, Warderick Wells, Cambridge Cay
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Created 11 February 2019
Alabaster Bay to Rock Sound
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Created 22 January 2019
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Created 13 January 2019
Trip from Charleston SC to Miami FL, Dec 11 to Dec 30. ICW and offshore legs
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Created 30 December 2018
Trip South from Rock Hall MD to Florida 2018
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Created 1 December 2018
ICW in South Carolina and on to North Carolina
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Created 31 May 2017
Arrival in St Augustine and trip to Fernandina Beach & Cumberland Island Georgia
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Created 31 May 2017
Last of the trip through Virginia & Maryland
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Created 9 May 2017
Touring the Abacos by boat, car, bike, golf cart and on foot
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Created 5 April 2017
Eleuthera touring by car & boat, then Spanish Wells and Harbor Island by fast ferry.
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Created 28 March 2017
Touring Cat Island, on the beach at Little San Salvador aka Half Moon Cay, Marina at Davis Harbour, Eleuthera
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Created 5 March 2017
Photos from our stay at Monument Beach, Georgetown then car tour of Long Island
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Created 22 February 2017
Photos of places we visited in the Exumas, Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
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Created 23 January 2017
Georgetown Bahamas area, Nov 2016
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Created 27 November 2016