Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sailing into George Town

...Our sailing into George Town...
We sailed the 20-25 gusting 30 knot North Northeast winds and ran for George Town. This was a 36 nm leg and we sailed all of it with just enough motoring to get out and set sail and to drop the anchor. What a great say of sailing. We use the B and G autopilot set to wind vane steering so the boat will hold a given angle to the wind. This allows us to set sail and the boat will follow the wind. On this leg, it was set at 115 degrees. We started the sail with 110% jib out and ended up with the full 135% jib out as we sailed into George Town. Island Packet Yachts love 20-25 knots of wind as they are full keel, heavy displacement boats that need lots of wind to sail well, the trade off is that in this condition they are also very, very comfortable because this is what the boat was designed for, ocean sailing. We are always pleased with the way Island Spirit will sail in heavy winds, she is a great boat.

Under sail in 20 knots+ comfy
Once in town, we sailed to Kidd Cove, dropped the anchor and dinghy and headed off to jug 30 gallons of water as we were totally out of water. Over the next day, we jugged 100 gallons of water, 5 gallon jugs, 10 gallons of diesel, and 6 gallons of gasoline. We needed services and in George Town there is free water, you just have to jug it out to your boat. It is the same with diesel, we jug fuel her as well. George Town is a cruising mecca and there are over 300 boats anchored in the harbor. We plan to stay through Regatta week and then move back up into the Exumas Land and Sea Park. For now, it is beach hikes, beach walks, Chat n Chill with buddies, volleyball beach, Beach Yoga, Water Aquatics, and cruiser lectures. So many people and so much going on. We can see why so many yachts make this their winter destination.

GoPro photo out the port side

GoPro Sailing photo

Sailing at 7 knots
Blue water off the stern

Radeen manages the log book

7 knots and sailing well

Hooked on

Island Spirit is very comfortable under sail

This is our course from Miami

Boat Buddies at George Town Regatta
Radeen & Hayden. Leslie & Tim, Kathy & Eric

Running into Dinghy Dock at George Town

Anchored off Chat n Chill

Our boat as seen from Chat n Chill

Chat n Chill selfie

Chat n Chill signature drink, Goombay Smash with a floater

My favorite model

Chat n Chill sign post

Great friends, Suzy and Dave on 37 Cay Paraiso

Sunset off Island Spirit

The beautiful church on a high hill in George Town

Anglican Church of George Town

Beautiful sanctuary


My favorite model and photo subject

Peace and Plenty cafe in town overlooks the harbor

Refrigerated containers are the way cold food gets here

Refrigerated containers are delivered by mail boat and lifted off by cranes

The generator on a refrigerated container

The entire set up, genset, diesl fuel tank and refrigerator

This is $35.00 of food, now you know is very expensive.

Whiteaker Yacht Sales flying off Chat n Chill

Our beautiful home, IP35 Island Spirit

That is us, Island Spirit

What can can be seen from Chat n Chill, THE IP FLAG and WYS

Bubble Bath beach with Suzy and Dave

Radeen and Suzy floating in crystal clear waters

Selfie in the Bubble Bath

Exumas, such clear waters

Look at the fun

Cruising Life is great with good buddies

George Town is such an easy place to live on the hook, and we can see why there are 300+ boats anchored here for the winter. Beautiful beaches, fun people, lots of activities, trails to hike, and crystal clear waters. From here we will move back up to the Cambridge Cay area, where we hope to break in our new dive gear! It's about time!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

RudderCut Cay

...440 Sea Star, 35 Island Spirit, 380 Gotta Jibboo...
Thank you to Dan and Kathy on IP 440 Sea Star, who lead us and Karin and Carl of IP 380 Gotta Jibboo from Little Farmers Key south around Musha Cay and into Rudder Cut Cay to a private pond through a deep cut. Dan and Kathy have been here before and we all went there to ride out an approaching front. While there for three days, we swam (finally!) and cleaned the water line. Then we dinghy-explored the various islands in the southern Exumas chain. Six of these islands are owned by David Copperfield and they are all marked no trespassing, so we could not go ashore. One night we had a popcorn and movie night aboard 440 Sea Star with terrific homemade popcorn and delicious snacks. We watched a documentary from Mystic Seaport Museum "The Voyage of The Peking" and Nicholas Cage in "The Family Man." The second night we had a casual dinner aboard Island Spirit with Radeen's Blue Water Chicken Salad, Kathy's yummy carrot salad, appetizers and candies from Karin and a pumpkin cheesecake.

Life aboard is so calm, simple and peaceful. Imagine, a few TV broadcasts stations, if any, very limited internet, just good friends, good food, beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, swimming, reading, star watching and reflecting. We are so grateful for this life!

Island Spirit at Sunset

380 Gotta Jiboo at Sunset

440 Sea Star at Sunset

The three of us at Sunset

380 Gotta Jibboo

Homemade Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

Radeen prepares dinner for six aboard Island Spirit

GoPro looking out from Island Spirit

Fast Island Packets with raked masts :-)

Carl gets close to David Copperfield's Piano / Mermaid sculpture

David Copperfield's Piano / Mermaid sculpture

Hayden, selfie with Mermaid

David Copperfield's resort on Musha Cay

David Copperfield's resort

David Copperfield's resort on Musha Cay

Our fleet in Rudder Cut Cay pond

My swimming fish, Radeen

Rudder Cut Cay Sunset

The Island Packet Battle Flag

Dinner aboard Island Spirit
We are also grateful for the willingness of friends like Dan and Kathy to share what they know with other cruisers. We look forward to seeing Sea Star and Gotta Jibboo somewhere soon!