Friday, December 19, 2014

Green Turtle and Man-0-War Cay, Bahamas

We enjoyed five relaxing days anchored at the very quiet and secluded Crab Cay.  Tucked in close to shore provided protection from some strong east winds.  Relaxing, reading, swimming, kayaking and a couple of small boat jobs were on the agenda.

Anchored at Crab Cay
We then set sail for Green Turtle Cay.  A strong storm was on it's way so we decided to take a mooring at Green Turtle Marina.

After the storm passed we left Green Turtle Cay for Man-O-War Cay.  But first we had to motor thru a narrow passage called Whale Cay.  This passage is directly exposed to the easterly winds and wave action from the Atlantic Ocean.  We ended up waiting 3 days for the wind and waves to calm down to safely pass.  At Noname Cay a number of other sailors waited for the weather to clear.

Noname Cay waiting for the weather

Cute Fire Department logo

In Green Turtle Cay we met up with sister yacht Blue Summit and enjoyed new friends Kate and Steve.

sv Blue Summit

Waves breaking over Whale Cay

Debbie enjoying a fantastic sailing day thru Whale Cay.  The fun wave action can't be appreciated in a photo!

Next stop was Man-O-War Cay.  We anchored in a protected small hurricane hole and enjoyed hiking the small island and beaches.  We were in the Bahamas now and so far we spent a week at anchor at Man O War.  You can see a lot of fish in the water, mostly snapper we are told.  A long thin island 2.5 miles long.  The population is about 300 Bahamians who are caucasian.  An anomaly that surprised us here in the Bahamas.  We understand that they are descendants of loyalists who left the states when British rule was rejected.  Most are avid Christian church goers.  Three churches, no alcohol sold, no police, but no crime, no cars only golf carts.  A home that includes the norther point of the island is currently listed for sale at 4.5 million.  of course this is exceptional.  The people are very welcoming.  Many are involved in boat building, sail services, sewing boat canvas accessories and tending to rental cottages, grocery store, the marina and tourist boutiques.  The island is clean and the landscape is beautifully manicured.  Many are Alburys or related to this family in an extended way.  Carol picked us up in her golf cart, gave us a tour and told us lots of interesting things about the island.  Carol is originally from Florida, but met her husband of two years on Christian Mingle and now loves living on Man O War.  Fun!!

Import duty and shipping costs are causes of items costing about double of what we are used to in Canada.  Want a small bottle of Tide? 

                                       Always enthralled with the beautiful tropical foliage.

The Anchorage at Man-O-War 

We are not quite the first ones that have enjoyed it here.

We walked from one end of the Cay to the other and marvelled at the beautiful sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters.  Snappers and other fish clearly visible.

The Cay narrows with the Atlantic Ocean on the right and the Abaco Sea on the left
Debbie interacting with the local wildlife!!
Walking the roads of Man-O-War
A visit from our new friends Jane, Richie and son Jason (Panthera, Vancouver)  

We have now arrived in Marsh Harbour.  Home James!  Christmas joy with family and friends awaits.  Blessings to all and Merry Christmas.  D&G

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sailing Again

Debbie and I returned to Bellaluna in October and spend an enjoyable month getting her ready to sail after being shut down for the summer.  We have had her moored at our friends Tom and Betty's house in Palm City, FL.  Great location, Tom's pilot hawk eyes on it, well protected and easy access to the ICW and the Atlantic ocean.

We had been watching the weather for a crossing of the Gulf Stream for about two weeks and finally got a good conditions report.  Now down the St. Lucie River to the Intracoastal Waterway, to Lake Worth, (Palm Beach) out to the Atlantic to the Bahamas West End and arrived at Old Bahama Bay Resort.

Laundry day on the ICW.  From mangroves, to mansions and condos and water fun…

Pensive Gord living slowly at the helm.

More scenery...

Morning Java as we sail east across the Gulf Stream.

and out to the great blue!

Blowing the conch.  We're HERE!!!

Debbie and Gord doing junkanoo after a delicious traditional American Thanksgiving turkey dinner with new friends on the beach.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Two Sail Magazine articles.


Debbie and I have returned to Canada for the summer and Bellaluna will remain in Florida awaiting our next adventure.

The two attached links are articles published in Sail Magazine.  Hope you enjoy them.

Living on the Water in a Multihull | Sail Magazine

Brazil's Costa Verde | Sail Magazine

Greetings from Florida.

Debbie and I enjoyed two months of warm weather in the Palm City area and then on February 1st we set sail for Miami.  We wanted to experience at least once the Inter coastal waterway that runs along the east coast of the USA.  So we left Palm City and motored south towards Miami.  There is no sailing in the ICW and no night navigation.  There are many bridges along the route that cause many delays and interesting navigation situations.
There are approximately 55 bridges from the Florida/Georgia border to Miami.  Here are some of the different types.

Selfie cruising the ICW 

Also along the way are many large homes and many meta yachts.  Very interesting scenery.

The high rise condos of Miami

After three days of ICW motoring we arrived in Miami.  We had been asked by Antares ( the company that built our boat) to use Bellaluna as the Miami boat show boat.  We arrived in plenty of time to detail  and ready her for the show.

Bellaluna moored for the boat show

We then spent an enjoyable week touring the boat show and the Miami area.

Gilligan's Island

After the Miami boat show Debbie and I along with our two friends Dave and Duncan set sail for the Florida Keys.

I am not saying who is who in the next two pictures.

OK, it's Duncan
The three boys

Boca Chita Key anchorage

Boca Chita lighthouse

Dave working hard.  Believe it or not he did finish the book.

Sailing south to Fiesta Key

We had a great week together.  Sailed for four days to Marathon.  Enjoyed a number of quiet anchorages, swimming and warm sunny weather.  Welcome change for theses two guys.  One from Orillia and the other from Calgary.

three hour tour

Key West

The boys leaving.  Sad