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Our Longest, and ROUGHEST Passage (Sailing to The Chesapeake)

Our Longest, and ROUGHEST Passage (Sailing to The Chesapeake)

We had a very tight weather window to make it across the Gulf Stream before the wind clocked out of the north. We needed to make it up to Savanah area before a cold from would make northing very difficult. This meant leaving Normans Cay at 4am. No worries, the moon was full and the sky was clear, so seeing coral heads at night was no issue. Anchor up, sail up, we turned and jibed to sail out of the anchorage. BANG!~!!! The main went all the way out to the shrouds. Not a good start.

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Circumnavigate Normans Cay (Our Last Moments in the Bahamas)

Circumnavigate Normans Cay (Our Last Moments in the Bahamas)

This morning we woke up, and checked the weather. We know we need a window to get across the gulf stream, it’s about a 2 days sail to get up and across to Cape Canaveral or further north. Well, this mornings weather forecast shows a good window tomorrow and then it closes and blows out of the north and west for a week. So, it means we need to leave tomorrow. Which means today needs to count!

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Sail to Normans Cay

Sail to Normans Cay

Our sail to Normans Cay was calm and very enjoyable. About 30 miles from Staniel to Normans. We only have about a week left here in the Bahamas and want to make the best of our last stop. We chose Normans since it’s relatively unpopulated and quite beautiful. So as soon as the tide turned, we were off.

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A Crazy Week in Staniel Cay

A Crazy Week in Staniel Cay

We spent a week here in Staniel Cay, so many amazing spots to visit and explore, all within a short dingy ride. We sailed in late in the afternoon and anchored just inside the cut. In the morning, we sailed a bit further in with the tide and anchored behind Thunderball Grotto. It’s like a compact sailors paradise. And it would seem by all the other boats here, that we’re not the only ones that think so. The anchorage and yacht club we’re quite crowded.

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Feb 12 Tues - Sail to Staniel Cay

Feb 12  Tues - Sail to Staniel Cay

7:30am the tide turned and began to run out. By 8am we were sails up and heading for the cut. We were still unsure if we were going on the outside of snaking our way though the inside. The wind was blowing from the east, and we weren’t sure if we could make it out the cut into the deep water on a singe tack. The cut was too narrow to tack once we were in so we had to make it though in one shot. As we turn around the northern point and began to harden up, it looked like we might just make it.

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Kika's Birthday and Lee Stocking Ghost Town

Kika's Birthday and Lee Stocking Ghost Town

Today is Kika’s Birthday! This morning we took a quick walk over to the ocean side to watch the waves crash against the cliffs. It was quite impressive. The wind had been blowing pretty hard form the NE for the past few days, so there was a huge swell. We sat there for an hour or so, just watching the waves and appreciating where we are in life.

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A 1 mile sail.

A 1 mile sail.

High tide this morning was around 9am. So with it, we hoisted sail and anchor and continued north along the protected side of Lee Stocking Cay. We had planned to sail to the norther tip 3 miles away, but after rounding the first point, we saw a beautiful anchorage and in it, a boat we met back in the Abaco’s. So we pulled over to spend the day with our friends on SV Faith.

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Perfect Spot to Wait out the Weather

Perfect Spot to Wait out the Weather

Last night was a bit rough. The swell continued to roll in all night. The wind had picked up a bit and was blowing on our beam so we didn’t get much air in the v-birth which made for a hot night. So, as soon as the tide allowed us, we were off in search of a better spot to spend a few days waiting out this blow.

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Sail from GT to Rat Cay

Sail from GT to Rat Cay

We left George Town today. We convinced our friends on Barefoot Two to come with us for a few days. They wanted to try out their new main sail skills. So, we left and sailed about 10 miles north. We were going against the flow. Not the current, but the flow of other sailboats coming south for the regatta. We must have passed 2 dozen at least.

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A Week in George Town

A Week in George Town

Our week in George Town has been hectic. So much going on and one day blurring into the next. Instead of writing about each day, I’ll just summarize everything we did this week. From floating pole dancing, to Kika almost winning a poker game—it’s been quite a week to say the least.

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Our First Overnight Passage in 8 Months

Our First Overnight Passage in 8 Months

The sunrise this morning was the perfect end to calm and relaxing overnight passage, and an equally perfect beginning to a great day sailing into George Town. Don’t worry, we didn’t skip the Exumas. But, with limited time here in the Bahamas, we decided to shoot as far south as we’d be sailing, then the sail back to the USA would be mostly down wind, rather than taking the whole way. That is why we waited for the weather we did to sail south from Eleuthera.

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Paradise All to Ourselves

Paradise All to Ourselves

The wind was very light this morning. But, with it scheduled to increase and shift by the afternoon, we knew we’d have a great sail to George Town if we timed it just right. We also knew, in order to make it to George Town during daylight, we needed to leave between 4-8pm. So, we had all day, but we also had a plan. At first light, the sails and anchor were up, despite only 4-6kts of wind. We slowly drift sailed out of the bay and towards the sand bank along the west side of the Eleuthera bay.

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Swimming in an Ocean Hole

Swimming in an Ocean Hole

Rock Sound is a large bay near the bottom of Eleuthera. It’s almost too big. If the wind clocks around and increases, you’d be better off moving to the other side of the bay, that staying where you are since the chop has more than a mile of open water to build up. We spent the last few days hunkered down on the boat riding out some heavy winds and rain. But today, it was finally sunny and warm, so we headed into town.

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Sailing to Rock Sound

Sailing to Rock Sound

We woke up this morning to lighter more northerly winds and a clear sky. With the wind predicted to clock east and increase in the following days, now was our window to push south to Rock Sounds—a 36 mile sail. The conditions were perfect! We didn’t even eat breakfast, the covers came off the sails, Coco was tied off the back, a few dishes were stowed and we were off sailing.

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Crazy Winter Front Hits HARD!

Crazy Winter Front Hits HARD!

The morning was sunny and warm. We were invited over to our new friends boat for breakfast. They also have a YT channel, ‘Sailing Uncertainty’ so it was fun to chat about they lifestyle. We returned to our boat around 11am and started baking brownies in the GoSun. Soon after we felt a few drops of rain. So, we poked our heads out to see what was going on. A dark cloud on the horizon made it clear the edge of the front was moving in.

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Calmest sail to Hatchet Bay

Calmest sail to Hatchet Bay

This morning, after some delicious banana pancakes, Kika had to finish editing our next step so we could upload it this afternoon when we arrived to Hatchet Bay and had faster cell signal. So, while she edited, I got us under way. It was only a 9 mile sail to Hatchet. The fist third was a calm beam reach in 10-12kts of wind. Then we turned a few points to windward and started healing over as the wind increased to 17kts. Time for a fist reef.

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Taking a Dip in The Queen's Bath

Taking a Dip in The Queen's Bath

Well, we’re not sailing today. A patron read our blog from yesterday and recommended we check out a near by spot called “The Queen’s Bath”. So this morning, after a quick google search, we headed to the beach. A bit of a disorganized scramble later, and we found ourselves standing on the tops of a cliff looking down over a truly awe inspiring sight.

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Exploring the Glass Window

Exploring the Glass Window

From our boat, we could see the bridge last night as the light faded. This morning after breakfast, we packed our cameras and were off to explore this magical place. We’d seen a photo or two online, but nothing prepared us for how amazing it truly was.

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Smooth Sailing to The Glass Window

Smooth Sailing to The Glass Window

This morning, the calm subsided making way to a light westerly breeze. Before we could leave, I climbed the mast to instal our new anchor light and replace ours which was dimming by the day. Then the wind filled in a little more and clocked more westerly, just enough to weigh anchor and sail out of the tiny cut we were anchored in. An hour or so later, the wind filled in a little more and we turned east on a beam reach towards Glass Window 15 Nm away.

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A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

Today, we were, becalmed. It was forecasted to be so, and we planned accordingly. Rather than being stuck in Spanish Wells, in murky water, surrounded by fishing boats, we were anchored in a secluded cut, just us for miles around and enjoyed the day in our personal play ground.

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