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

It Feels Like Home

25 February 2018 | Exumas, Bahamas

This year's cruise is different than previous ones. We are no longer the newbies, naive of winds, tides, currents and anchorages. We have more time to spend, we started in November, instead of January. We don't move unless we want to so weather is rarely an issue. For the first time we've been able to entertain guests aboard for a week's stay. And, just like the dirt dwellers home, stuff breaks and needs to be fixed. Bill, being Bill, has no problem striking up a conversation with anyone anywhere and we are reaping the benefits of renewing some of these acquaintances as we make new ones.

We seem to divide our time between revisiting favorite places and discovering new ones. Since we decided we are not going further south until the effects of the hurricanes are abated, we are concentrating on Eleuthera and the southern Bahamas. We again spent Christmas and New Years in Spanish Wells. We had Thanksgiving dinner at Lorraines in Black Point. We joined the crowds of boaters at the First Friday in February regatta at Little Farmers Cay. We are in Black Point today for the fourth time, and love that Ida and Lorraine greet us with hugs, Mr Adderly discusses his daughter and his grandchild with us, and the guys at Scorpios remember we are Packer fans. This is one place that truly does feel like we've come home.

Over time we have gained confidence in.our skills and in our boat. We don't need to anchor only at the prescribed spots on the charts or guidebooks, but we seek out the spots near what appear to offer swimming and snorkeling. We can read the water and watch the tides to get us into spots that other boats ignore.

We just spent a week in a Pipe Creek anchorage that we bypassed several times in the past. It was unbelievably lovely. Instead of crowding into Big Major Spot by Pig Beach with fifty boats, we were ten miles north in an anchorage with three. We used the anchorage as base camp for exploring by dinghy. We tend to hit the supply towns, Staniel and George Town for a day to provision, then get back on our watery highway to find more pristine spots for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing.

A friend gave us some cocktail napkins that say "home is where the anchor drops" and that sums it up precisely.
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.
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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