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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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Bikini Photo Shoot with A2 Swimwear

Bikini Photo Shoot with A2 Swimwear

We were up early to get to the beach before the sun was up. Alexis wanted the perfect dawn glow for the photoshoot. With coffee and camera in hand, we headed to shore. We then sat and waited until the lighting was just perfect. From there things got hectic….

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Last Manual Kerosene Lighthouse in the World

Last Manual Kerosene Lighthouse in the World

After our unsuccessful mission yesterday, due to it being closed, today we finally made it up to the top of the Elbow Cay Light house—the last manually operated kerosene lighthouse in the world. We’ve been anchored in front of it for a week now. We came over on New Year Eve, and have been just hanging around, getting some work done and relaxing in the beautiful bay.

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A Normal Day

Last night we ran out of water. We really need to check our tanks more often and keep an eye on water levels. So, first thing on the list today was to head into the marina and get a few gallons so we can at least wash dishes. On our way in we grabbed some fuel and made a stop at the lighthouse hoping for a tour. But since it was Sunday, it was closed. After grabbing 60L of water and dropping off our trash, we headed back out to Uma. 

On the way, we stopped at Saoirse to see if they wanted to go spear fishing later that afternoon. It was a go. 

We dumped the water in our tanks and grabbed our spears and fins. 

With 4 people in Coco, we can’t quite get up on a plane. 3 is fine, but 4 is just a bit too much. I think if we added dolphin wings to the lower end of the motor we may be able to. So, the 3 mile ride over to the cut was a little slow. When we got there, we tossed the anchor it, and jumped in 30-40ft of water. It was a little cloudy, but we saw some pretty cool life, yellow fin tuna, sharks, rays, turtles, barracudas. We spent the afternoon reef hopping back towards Elbow Cay stopping and swimming along the way. About half way back, the sun was starting to fade, so we jumped in some shallower water I snagged 2 Red Snapper and a Lobster for dinner and headed home. 

Our new friends from Faith came over for a boat tour at sunset and then Beau and Brandy came by for dinner. It was amazing! I’ll have to add this to the “recipes” section in the vault, but I came up with a DELICIOUS way to cook Kale and it’s really simple. 

Cut up half an onion a little oil and a handful or two of Kale place it in a pan once hot, add a little water and cover with a lid. About half way done cooking add some creamy salad dressing, I used a cracked pepper corn and poppy seed one and it was really, REALLY yummy. 

LOCATION: Hope Town

DEPTH: 1.9m @ MLW

HOLDING: Sand with small grass patches. 

All my hard work, Gone in a Flash

All my hard work, Gone in a Flash

Let me explain. I have a 3 pronged spear head I use to get lobster, the problem is, sometimes, if I’m not careful they slip off the back and disappear wounded. This is no good for the lobster or me. So I spent the better part of this morning modifying the spear head with extra barbs and grinding in ridges to help keep the lobster stuck on the spear and not be able to escape wounded. I even attached the spear head to an old arrow shaft I had lying around and secured some latex rubber tube so I now had a dedicated lobster spear.

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The First Day of the Rest of our Lives

The First Day of the Rest of our Lives

It’s the first day of 2019, and what better way to spend it than covering all the windows in the boat, curling up with fresh backed brownies and binge watching Harry Potter.

That was it. A whole day of just us.

Until sunset.

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New Years Eve

New Years Eve

Today is New Years Eve. We had intended to stay in Marsh Harbor for a few days. We had several things to do in town and a few projects we wanted to catch up on. But, things don’t always go to plan.

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