|Radeen, happy ocean sailor girl,|
arrives West End Bahamas by sailboat
|Close Hauled with full sails to the Bahamas|
The sailing was close hauled, 55 degrees off the starboard bow because we needed to set a course of 70 degrees for a destination bearing 55 degrees due to the set and drift effect of the 3 knot north flowing Gulf Stream, called the Florida Current.
We thought we would have a beam reach, but this extra 20 degrees to the right made for a close reach or near beat. Team Island Spirit LOVES to sail upwind, so it was fine with us. With winds 15-18 knots, it was a perfect morning sail.
|Sunrise over the bow of Island Spirit as we|
sail for West End, Grand Bahamas Island
Arriving into West End, we hoisted the solid yellow Q Flag, meaning crew and vessel are "quarantined" and have not been cleared into the country. The captain needs to fill out 5,000+ sheets of paper and take all passports and ship's documents to the customs officer and clear into the country. The customs officer reviewed our papers and passports and collected our fees and gave us a 90 day cruising permit to explore all the Bahama Islands. We plan to explore the Abacos for the next two months!y All our buddy boats, Catspaw, Cutter Loose, Dragon's Toy, Flatlander and Lark, arrived safely and we enjoyed the pool, the beach and the Tiki Hut Bar and Grill.
The water color all the way over was indigo blue, where the depths are over 2,000 feet! Then when we came up onto soundings, meaning water depth our depth meter can read, or sound, the water turned into a NEON BLUE....It is difficult to believe, but it is a truly spectacular color.
We feel blessed to be here and to discover this and take it all in.
Welcome to the Bahamas...mon...enjoy your stay....
Photos of the day...
|Departing Miami at 2am, its DARK|
Here is what a well lit 1,000 foot container ship looks like
passing us at 17 knots! Stay out of the way....this will NOT stop
|NEON BLUE water color as we approach West End, Bahamas|
here the water is about 50+ feet deep and you can see the bottom!
|Radeen drops the Q flag and attached the Bahamas flag.|
The Bahamas flag is flown from the starboard spreader, the US flag remains on the stern.
|Hayden, with his sun hat, hoisting the first foreign country flag on Island Spirit.|