Mystic Star Points South

Mystic Star Sailing Adventures in the Bahamas

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
12 December 2016 | Big Majors

Georgetown & Long Island

21 February 2017 | Salt Pond, Long Island
Feb 5 - Feb 21 So we had our order in for the new outboard and set about making ourselves at home in Georgetown harbor for the next week at least. It turned out that our friends we met on last year's group cruise to Croatia had finally arrived in Georgetown for their 12th season, namely Tom & Sandy on Anania. They had arrived much later in the season than their normal time due to some engine problems while in Florida, but were glad to finally be here once again. And to our good fortune they offered the use of their spare dinghy outboard that they just happened to have with them. This made things so much easier for us and we were able to enjoy trips ashore for supplies and activities that would have otherwise been a major effort, if not impossible. As a result, we participated in many of the cruiser activities on Stocking Island including beach volleyball, water aerobics off the beach in the mornings, poker nights and trivia contest night as well as a fun Superbowl party at the St Francis resort and visiting on each other's boats. One afternoon we spent with them going over charts of the islands for tips on good places and must-see sights. Thanks a million to Tom and Sandy! In a way, I was able to pass along the good Karma by helping a fellow cruiser who had generator problems and had anchored next to us. By sheer luck I was able to supply a broken fuel line bolt (a specialty 'banjo' fitting hollow bolt) and he was back up and running soon after. It was a spare I had obtained and not needed from my own generator issues back in December. They were interesting folks who had done some far and wide cruising, originally from Poland, and now are Canadian residents. Did I mention that the prevalence of Canadian boats is still surprising to us? As the boat count in Georgetown is nearing 300, it seems as though two thirds of them are from Canada. What's more, a good portion of those are French Canadians--so we're picking up tidbits of French just by listening to the VHF radio these days.
By Thursday the 9th we took delivery of our new 15 HP outboard...almost twice the power of our old one, so we're getting used to the new speeds and acceleration that we never had before. It really comes in handy in this spread out harbor. We were having a good time enjoying the cruiser activities here, so decided to stay a bit longer until a favorable wind direction formed from the south to southwest that we rode back over to Long Island and Thompson Bay...where we had anchored two weeks prior, but had never made it ashore. The trip back across to the east was a very fast one, first with only Solent jib, then with full genoa jib that resulted in speed average of about 7.5-8.0 kts with winds 22-26 kts most of the day. Once in the harbor it was still fairly bouncy since it offers little protection from the southwest...an unusual wind direction for these parts. But a front came through later in the evening, bringing the winds around to the north, then east and going much lighter, which was to be perfect for shore-side exploration of Long Island.
Saturday and Sunday (18th & 19th) we had a car rented which was very convenient to the dinghy dock. We took a drive to the south along the "Queen's Highway" after visiting the local farmers market here in Salt Pond. The island is narrow and very long and settlements (not really towns) are spread quite sparsely along the main road. Things like the food market and a great marine supply are separated by ΒΌ mile of vacant land. One of the two banks is down the road about 5 miles. We took a detour to the east side of the island to see Dean's Blue Hole--a super deep hole in the water near cliffs at the end of a beautiful beach. The site is famous for free diving where the world's record free dive in 2007 was made with a depth of 660 ft. Not exactly our cup of tea but we did talk to folks who snorkeled the surface at the rim of the pool and enjoyed it. After that we visited Clarence Town, the only settlement on the eastern side of the island. It had a decent harbor and small nearly new marina where several sport fishing boats were moored. Further south from there by road was somewhat desolate with very sparse houses that in many cases had been abandoned after hurricane Joaquin destroyed so much here in 2015. Unfortunately, the island's only museum in Buckleys had not reopened since that event. Some of the side roads were in pretty rough shape and trying to locate points of interest would have been best done with an off-road 4WD vehicle.
Sunday we drove north from Salt Pond and visited several points of interest on our way to the Columbus monument on Cape Santa Maria. It seemed like a simple enough drive on paper but the unpaved road to the site was crazy rough--it was a good thing that our little rental car had a very short wheel base and high ground clearance, if not four wheel drive. We were thinking that the poor rental cars here must really take a beating on these roads that us tourists take them on regularly. Anyway, the monument was a very scenic site, one that we had seen from the water a few weeks ago when rounding Cape Santa Maria. We then found lunch at a large resort of the same name where I had a local dish known as "Souse" consisting of chicken wings and potatoes in a tart spicy broth served with "Johnny Cake"...very good. Afterwards we did more hunting for historical points of interest including a drive then hike to ruins of Adderley's Plantation on a trail that was pretty rough and overgrown. Nicely kept up signs kept us on our mission or we would have otherwise turned back. The stone walls of the plantation were built by loyalists in the 1790's and were occupied until the early 1900's, but are being rapidly consumed by nature at this point. We had a difficult time imagining a functioning plantation here in the rough overgrown 'jungle' that exists here now. One final site that we found by accident was near the resort area of Stella Maris. We spotted a sign for a cave and stopped and hiked down a paved trail to the entrance, marked with skulls on either side and opened into a wide cavern that contained low stone tables and seats and a half of a boat hull's bow as a bar and a small stage. It turns out this is the location where cruisers from the big Georgetown Regatta -Long Island rally are bussed to enjoy dining and an evening in the cave as one of the planned events. Would be fun but we plan to be on our way to parts north by the time this is taking place in early March. Monday morning we fetched some more gas for the dinghy as well as filled the rental and returned it. That afternoon there was a cruisers get together on the beach and we had a good time chatting with folks about where they've been and where they're going next. As of this writing we are once again staying put for the expected arrival of a strong weather front Wednesday into Thursday, then we plan to make our way north to Cat Island.
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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
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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Northern Exumas - Shroud Cay, Warderick Wells, Cambridge Cay
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Alabaster Bay to Rock Sound
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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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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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Touring the Abacos by boat, car, bike, golf cart and on foot
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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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Photos from our stay at Monument Beach, Georgetown then car tour of Long Island
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Photos of places we visited in the Exumas, Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
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Georgetown Bahamas area, Nov 2016
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