Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nassau

N 25 04.50
W 77 18.77

Left Bimini yesterday just before lunch in light conditions. Nice beam reach to Triangle Rocks then east across the bank. Wind died early in the afternoon and we motored in calm conditions across the bank to the Northwest channel. Went passed the Northwest Channel light just before midnight and continued motored at about 5kts into light headwinds to Nassau. Beautiful clear starry night in good company (Alice Mae, Cay Pariaso and Solas.). Arrived about 0930 and staying one night at Nassau Harbor Club Marina before heading to the Exumas tomorrow.

Boat Boy in Bimini

At Radio Beach, Bimini.  January 21, 2014.

At Radio Beach, Bimini. January 21, 2014.

Score!  Franklin loves beachcombing!

Score! Franklin loves beachcombing!

We decorated our dock with the shells we found at the beach.

We decorated our dock with the shells we found at the beach.

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The beach glass we found. Franklin later used it to work on his addition problems.

Not to brag.... but I think our 4 year old is pretty smart.

Not to brag…. but I think our 4 year old is pretty smart.

Franklin found a fishing buddy!  (Thanks David, he had so much fun!)

Franklin found a fishing buddy! (Thanks David, he had so much fun!)

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Proud of his catch!

We've been watching some sharks!

We’ve been watching some sharks!

 

Bimini

N 25 43.39′
W 79 17.86′

Got into Bimini after a beautiful overnight sail from Marathon at midday today. Winds were on the beam most of the trip, up to 20kts from the northwest, dying down from midnight to dawn then piping up again at dawn to about 15kts from the west. Apparently you can comfortably cross the gulf stream in breeze with a northerly component we were not expecting it but made the most of it. I think our angle from Marathon made it possible. We the current gave a 1-3 knot boost most of the passage. It was a good trip in the good company of Alice Mae, Solas and Cay Paraiso. Will wait out the next front here before moving onto Nassau.

Cay Paraiso and Solas as we leave Marathon.

Cay Paraiso and Solas as we leave Marathon.

 

Sun setting over the Atlantic.

Sun setting over the Atlantic.

It was a nice moonlit passage.

It was a nice moonlit passage.

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Shane retires the US courtesy flag as we leave USA territorial waters.

Shane retires the US courtesy flag as we leave USA territorial waters.

A yellow "quarantine" flag is flown until we've cleared customs.

A yellow “quarantine” flag is flown until we’ve cleared customs.

All cleared in and flying the Bahamian flag.

All cleared in and flying the Bahamian flag.

A Few Pictures

In Southport, SC with friends Cordelia and Cara.  Nov 5, 2013.

In Southport, SC with friends Cordelia and Cara. Nov 5, 2013.

 

Cruiser party in the tiki hut - Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL.

Cruiser party in the tiki hut – Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL.

A cool sunset, St. Augustine, FL (I think).

A cool sunset, St. Augustine, FL (I think).

Sunset on the Atlantic, passage from Charleston, SC to Brunswick, GA.

Sunset on the Atlantic, passage from Charleston, SC to Brunswick, GA.
Franklin clowning around (as usual) at Johnny Rocket's, Miama, FL.

Franklin clowning around (as usual) at Johnny Rocket’s, Miama, FL.

Ruby, Franklin & Darla - beach day at No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne, FL.  Dec 23, 2013.

Ruby, Franklin & Darla – beach day at No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne, FL. Dec 23, 2013.

Kids catching some rays - Key Biscayne, FL.

Kids catching some rays – Key Biscayne, FL.

Sunset, Key Biscayne, FL.

Sunset, Key Biscayne, FL.

The consensus?  White Christmas is over rated!  December 25, 2013, Key Biscayne, FL.

The consensus? White Christmas is over rated! December 25, 2013, Key Biscayne, FL.

Sunset in the mooring field, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL. Jan 15, 2013.

Sunset in the mooring field, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL. Jan 15, 2013.

Key West - playground fun.

Key West – playground fun.

Franklin enjoys his first "coco frio" (drinking the coconut milk right out from a chilled coconut.  Marathon, FL.

Franklin enjoys his first “coco frio” (drinking the coconut milk right out from a chilled coconut. Marathon, FL.

Full moon, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL.  Jan 16, 2013.

Full moon, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL. Jan 16, 2013.

First manatee sighting of the trip!  Titusville, FL.

First manatee sighting of the trip! Titusville, FL.

Manatee - drinking fresh water from a rain gutter spout on a rainy Florida day.

Manatee – drinking fresh water from a rain gutter spout on a rainy Florida day.

Manatee.

Manatee.