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

End of One Journey, the Beginning of the Next

23 December 2015 | Ft Lauderdale FL
Ft Lauderdale was always our final destination on the ICW so when we arrived here last Friday, it was a milestone. We booked 1064 miles from Norfolk VA to Ft Lauderdale in about six weeks. The contrast between the spots further north along the way and east coast southern Florida is remarkable. Here as we passed miles and miles of upscale, expensive homes, and yards and docks of multimillion dollar yachts we wondered how people achieve this level of excess. We agreed we have no interest in that lifestyle. Even though we were traveling during the week, the boat traffic was hectic, beginning at Ft Pierce. There wasn't much commercial traffic, but lots of huge powerboats and fishing motor yachts. Unfortunately, we got a bad impression of Florida boaters when one after another passed us without slowing down, giving us terrible wakes to deal with. How Rude!!

We did find lovely places to anchor, beginning with Ft Pierce, where we camped out south of the bridge in a calm bay. We had our first swim since leaving the Chesapeake. The next night we anchored between Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island in an 'indent' in the ICW. The water was cool, clean and refreshing. Here we met the boat that would become our anchormates for the next few stops - Symbiosis a Tayana 37 owned by Scott and Noi out of Maryland. Noi is Thai and a fantastic cook, who shared her talents with us a number of times. Pelican Lake was the next night, a lake off the ICW completely surrounded by condos and ringed with docks. We had the middle of the pond to the two boats for a peaceful night. Finally we traversed the last of the multitude of bridges and headed up the Middle River in Ft. Lauderdale, where we are anchored now. This river is a modest size, surrounded by homes and condos, and has a section just beyond our anchorage full of huge mega-yachts for charter. There is a nearly park with docks for the dinghies near a grocery, restaurants and a mall. The wind has been blowing first out of the north northeast and now out of the south for days.. in the low 20s with higher gusts. Whisper does a lot of dancing on the anchor, but the anchor hasn't budged since we set it down.

Not many boats have left the anchorage since we arrived with this weather. Last night we invited all our neighbors to Whisper for a Solstice party to celebrate the shortest day of the year. Luckily, there are only 6-8 boats, as we pretty much filled the cockpit with guests. Everyone shared stories and plans, and of course, we hope to meet up again when we resume our trip.
For now, we will be staying at a dock, thanks to Bill's good friend, Brian, until we are ready to head across to the Bahamas. We met with a canvas shop owner to arrange to have a bimini built (a sunscreen for over the driver's station to those non-boaters) and our solar panels installed. Brian has made his car available so we will be able to provision and shop for the items we need for the many projects we still need to finish before we leave. But for now, we are looking forward to spending Christmas with Brian and Maria. Life is very very good.
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