Whisper Sailing

Bill and Judy's adventures continue..........

25 February 2018 | Exumas, Bahamas
21 November 2017 | George Town, Exuma
24 April 2017 | Bahamas
03 April 2017 | Thompson Bay
31 March 2017 | Great Exuma
28 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina
17 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | Little Farmers Cay, Exemas
14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Spanish Wells, Bahamas
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
19 December 2016 | Addison NASA Bridge
19 December 2016 | Cave Cay to Spence Rock
04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
10 April 2016 | Abaco
31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco

We made it! 45 locks done.

29 August 2015 | Trention to Kingston ON
We had hoped to make the whole route on Wednesday, but with a late start in Campbellsford (farmers' market and yummy bakery) we didn't make the deadline for the last three locks. So we stayed on the lock wall at #3, Glen Miller. Funny, we didn't hear any music that night.

We were up for the 9am lock thru on Thursday, and by 10am we were through the last three and in Trenton. The bay there is very shallow outside the channel, so we were careful to follow the chart. We spent all day winding our way from Trenton to Kingston, delighted to see many sailboats in full sail on the water. Poor Whisper, still a motorboat. As we approached Kingston we saw racing in progress at both Collins Bay and Kingston. It was 7pm when we docked at the gas dock at Kingston Yacht Club.

This is very obviously a sailing club... packed with sailboats from dinghies to 40 footers (lots of IOR classics as well as a few modern speed demons like an Antrim and an Ultiimate 20). The boats are moored side by side, bow tied to the dock, with a mooring ball and anchor at the stern. There are few finger piers and only two longish docks that would fit our now 50+ length. So the gas dock was our home for the night.

The clubhouse is charming as was the bar staff. We sipped microbrew at the bar and sampled delicious appetizers for dinner. People were friendly and welcoming. First night's dockage is free with reciprocity.

The next morning we fueled and moved to an end dock, so I could have time to walk to downtown Kingston to purchase a chart of the surrounding area. We had not originally planned to stop here so we had no paper charts. The walk was along a lovely tree-shaded avenue with large houses built in the mid 1800s. Downtown was busy with shops and restaurants.

When I returned to the boat I found Bill fighting the effects of wake from the ferries to Wolfe Island and inconsiderate power boaters. At times our rub rail was at the top dock edge the surge was so powerful. We had wanted to stay for lunch, but decided the safety of the boat more important.

Our destination was a bay on Wolfe Island, west of Kingston, Brakey Bay. There was only one other boat anchored there, but a few more came in throughout the afternoon. The calm and quiet was a welcome change. After a swim we brought out the last of our bait to tempt the fish on the last night in Canada. (we only have an Ontario fishing license). We had much fun landing eight keeper perch...and tossing quite a few worm-sucking littles. Perch dinner...perfection!

Tomorrow we are back in the US.
Vessel Name: Whisper
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34-2
Hailing Port: Milwaukee WI
Crew: Bill and Judy
Whisper's Photos - Main
Every shade of blue-green-purple greets our eyes on a continuing basis
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Created 24 April 2017
Our first island anchorages were in the Berries. Sugar sand beaches, clear blue water, conch and starfish, everyday a new wonderful experience.
10 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We are spending over a week in Bimini waiting for weather to cross to the Berry Islands (a 75 mile crossing that will require two good days). So we walk, drive, and dinghy our way around North Bimini to learn about the land and the people.
20 Photos
Created 6 February 2016
There were many projects we did to upgrade Whisper to a more efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable boat.
7 Photos
Created 10 January 2016
The many contrasting scenes on the Intercoastal Waterway
36 Photos
Created 25 December 2015
Our favorite anchorage on the eastern shore. The cove featured St Martin Point house and grounds, a 19th century home with accommodations for eighteen people, currently available as vacation rental. Dan, the caretaker invited us to explore the house and grounds.
14 Photos
Created 28 October 2015
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Created 27 October 2015
Workboat Festival
8 Photos
Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
7 Photos
Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
6 Photos
Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2015
Fixed bridges, lift bridges, railroad bridges, road bridges, bridges to nowhere.
8 Photos
Created 13 September 2015
"I stayed too long at the fair"
12 Photos
Created 11 September 2015
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Created 1 September 2015
I walked from the yacht club to the downtown area to purchase a nautical chart at the general store. Charming homes from the mid-1800s with fenced in yards and patios. Main square at City Hall has umbrella tables and chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, wished we could stay longer.
7 Photos
Created 27 August 2015
Transiting the 243 miles of the Trent Severn Waterway system
5 Photos
Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
7 Photos
Created 6 August 2015
We took Whisper on a loop through the French River Small Craft Route with Russ and Lisa onboard. Uproar can't do the route because of depth...and maybe width!
8 Photos
Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
7 Photos
Created 23 July 2015
First anchorage in Canada
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Created 14 July 2015
Scenes from one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan
5 Photos
Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
3 Photos
Created 17 June 2015