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

Towards Staniel Cay

12 December 2016 | Big Majors
Dec 7 - Dec 12 This morning we joined up with Bill & Helen on Alembic and took our dinghies a mile up the coast to a beach past a place called Oven Rock. Somewhere inland from there was reported to be an entrance to a large cavern with a cool pool inside. It was an adventure trying to find the trail and at one point we had scattered ourselves about the low hill looking here and there, about to bail out, when I checked my cell phone marine navigation app and it showed a spot where the pool cave was located. It was a pretty amazing cavern with limestone formations and a good sized pond with deep water in parts. We were all happy to take a swim in the super clear cool waters since it had been getting quite warm under the midday sun outside. I learned later that this cave has extensive underwater chambers that have been explored by SCUBA divers. Once back to the boat we left Farmers Cay area and headed north along the banks side of Great Guana Cay to just past White Point. The weather was more calm than we've seen to date and the sea was flat and glassy. Anchoring in this area was problematic as the bottom was just a few inches of sand over hard limestone, and normally I'd have given up and moved on. But the forecast was for another day of virtual calm conditions so we stayed put, lying mostly to the weight of our chain on the bottom anyway. In the evening in the moonlight it seemed as if the boat was sitting in a kiddie pool of water 12 inches deep, and the sponges and starfish on the bottom seemed just right there even though we were floating in 10 ft of water.
Thursday we just motored a few more miles up the coast of Great Guana Cay to a cove just south of Black Point. This was near the site of another abandoned resort project, the beginning of which was a mini "castle" like structure that seemed in good shape with newish paint, but all boarded up. Nearby was a long beach with a single condominium like unit at one end that seemed actually lived in. Friday we headed up the coast another 10 miles or so to Staniel Cay, a favored spot for cruisers some of whom make this area their base for the winter. We tied up at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club to take care of things such as grocery shopping and laundry. The bar restaurant was a lively place Friday night and the dining was the best so far on this trip. The place has its own collection of "pet" nurse sharks patrolling the waters of the marina waiting for fish cleaning remnants that may come their way. It was a bit unnerving at first to see these dozen or more large sharks (nurse being the tamest of sharks though fairly large) just hanging out below the docks, but they will swarm at the steps when someone approaches just to be petted on the head--something we decided we didn't need to participate in! This location also had the advantage of a very close cell tower for phone & data access, something we needed while we tried to sort out a solution to our generator failure. It turned out getting parts from the US was pretty easy, just have them sent by UPS to a specialty shipper's spot at an airport in Ft Lauderdale then it will appear at the marina a day later via one of the twice daily direct flights they run. But alas, the parts I received did not fix the problem...and after another call to a trusted mechanic back home, the solution remains elusive. In his experience, the diagnosis may be some rare occurrence of a part failure deep in the workings of the diesel engine itself, and may not be resolvable without removal and disassembly in a shop. I'm still hopeful that it doesn't come to that, but getting ready to deal with it if it does.
In the meantime, we enjoyed our stay on Staniel Cay, including a tour by golf cart one afternoon to see the sites--which really only took about 90 minutes. One morning we took the dinghy over to a small rocky islet that had passages at low tide into a good sized cavern--actually known as Thunderball Cave from the James Bond movie of that title. So we anchored the dinghy just off of the islet and snorkeled our way into the entrance amidst an amazing array of reef fish--that are used to being fed by humans, so they are very friendly! It was a really amazing place with shafts of light penetrating from a few holes high in the ceiling and several other side underwater entrances.
Monday we left for a nearby favored anchorage known as Big Majors Spot. One of the features of this place is a beach with a family of swimming pigs. People come to feed the pigs so when they see a dinghy coming ashore they swim--or at least wade out to greet the people, hopeful for handouts. Mama pig must have been a good 500 pounder and obviously the most experienced at this process and the entourage included a dozen or so cute piglets that seemed happy to be living on such a nice beach. Where they got fresh water to drink was a mystery to us.
Where we go from here will depend on our need to communicate about getting repairs made to the generator in the next few days. Cell coverage becomes sparse as we go towards the Exuma Land & Sea Park which we plan to take time to visit.
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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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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