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

Long Days and Long Nights

15 November 2015 | ICW Carolinas
We are now in serious traveling mode. We have 375 miles under our keel so far in the ICW but we have 700 more to go. Days start at dawn with Bill getting up to put on the coffee pot. We try to get on the water by 7am. Along the way I'll make breakfast.... steel cut oats with nuts and fruit or a mega-omelette. Omelettes can have whatever is left from last night's dinner... bits of meat, fish, veggies, pasta and rice. Every couple of days I also bake bread underway... thanks to Lisa (Uproar) I had lessons and starter. Such a pioneer lifestyle!!

We have a flip-chart to guide us along the way... sort of like the AAA triptiks. But much of the way is just following the magenta line on the chartplotter or staying in the middle of the channel between the red and green buoys. Until now the path has mainly been straight channels blasted into the landscape. In SC we are in rivers so the landscape should be more interesting.

We have to start looking for a place to stay by 3pm as it gets dark so early now. We try to do at least 40 miles per day, but we were lucky to do nearly 60 yesterday. The last few days have not offered anchorages, so we have stayed in marinas. The one we are in now is awesome... in the middle of a swamp with trees covered with Spanish moss. They tell us the alligators have buried themselves in the mud to stay warm.

We try to catch the sunset on deck with a cocktail in hand and music on the MP3 player. Dinner still doesn't happen until 7 or so but then there isn't much to do but read (or play in the WIFI if we have it). We are often checking our watches to try and stay awake until 9:30 or 10pm. Last night we had visitors from another boat, drinking wine and talking until nearly midnight.

The people (and boats) we meet are the best part of the trip. Yesterday we caught up with two boats we had last seen in Weems Creek at Annapolis. I posted a picture of Fifth Quarter, a motor-sailor cat with Madison connections, who spent last night in this same marina. Tonight there is a gorgeously restored 85' 1935 Trumpy yacht from Newport RI docked across from us. Mary R, you'd die to do the brightwork on her.

We should be in Charleston within a day or two. I'm curious to see how much she has changed since I was last there 35 years ago.

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
15 Photos
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
6 Photos
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
5 Photos
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
4 Photos
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