|...We did it, WE DEPARTED...two days early...|
|Bimini Sands, South Bimini Dock, 6 days!|
Highlights of our time together:
1. Sailing 120 nm overnight and introducing Sharon to offshore overnight sailing
2. Jeff and Sharon provisioned the fine red wines, two cases of deliciousness from Total Wine in SOBE.
3. Radeen's amazing meals of Lamb Shanks, Artichoke Chicken, Pot Roast, Chili on the Bahama Banks and many more!
4. Super Bowl 50 at Bimini Sands Beach Bar with conch fritters and Sands Beer.
5. The tour of the facinating Shark Lab on South Bimini.
6. "Captain Ron" Movie Night & trivia questions, "If it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there!"
7. Golf Cart Adventures and being "Pushed" home by friendly, helpful locals.
8. Having great friends onboard and sharing these adventures together!
Photos of our 13 days together
|At 1152 on departure day, we said "Forget it, let;s turn around"...NO, we cannot easily go back!|
|Gulf Stream bashing, 30 degree wind angle, 2500 rpms on the engine.|
|Staysail and a reefed main with 2500 rpms to keep moving.|
|This shows the result of sailing wind vane at 30 degrees and the effect of the Gulf Stream|
Note: At the end, we came out of the Stream and the boat turned, still 30 degrees to the wind
|Happy arrival photo. Welcome to the Bahamas!|
|Delighted to clear in to Bimini, Bahamas, 2016|
|Jeff and Radeen hoist the Courtesy Flag|
|Touring the Bimini Sands property with an inifinity pool on the beach|
|Our first big decision, Kalik or Sands? Both are delicious Bahamian Beers.|
|We were safe in the marina on floating docks. Look out the inlet. It is calm for now.|
|We took the ferry to explore North Bimini|
|Selfie as we walk to the inlet in the AM.|
|Curly Tail lizards posing everywhere|
|Radeen loves a pool. That is her (alone) in the 60 degree water! Brrrrrr|
|A beautiful sky that day at the pool. Another cold front is coming.|
|Fine red wine with Artichoke Chicken Dinner|
|We knew the inlet would be too rough, so we waited.|
|Winds blew at 35 to 42 knots for days.|
|Huge waves shut down the inlet. This is our exit to sea. This is a "no go."|
|So, we set out to explore Bimini.|
|The GrLs walking Alice Town on North Bimini.|
The next day we rented a golf cart which lost power on the way back.
|Jeff and Sharon enjoying the new modern casino bar at Bahama Bay Resort.|
|Onboard Island Spirit we have a 32" Samsung.|
Perfect for Movie Night with CAPTAIN RON and
trivia questions from IP420 Amekaya.
|Yup, the inlet is still not passable, Oh well, we will wait.|
|PARTY TIME with IP 420 Pura Vida at the Petite Conch Cafe. J-M and Kimberly are so much fun.|
|Roasted LAMB shanks for Hayden and Jeff's Birthday Dinner Celebration|
Great Job, Radeen! Thank you, COSTCO!
|Happy 60th Birthday to Hayden and Jeff, with fine Italian DOCG Amarone Red Wine.|
|Team Shirts thanks to Sharon who designed them for us.|
"Sea, Sun, Sail, Celebrate Sixty"
We are ready to head to sea on Hayden's birthday, after a serenade from IP 420 Pura Vida.
|Taking the helm offshore|
|Jeff trims the jib. Fantastic blue water as we head out below South Bimini.|
|Perfect sailing conditions. We sailed 120 nm like this! A passage worth waiting for!|
|Sunset on the Great Bahama Banks as we sail EAST.|
|This is your view of the helm at night. Let the boat run and watch as best you can.|
AIS helped us avoid a close encounter with a ship at narrow Northwest Passage at 0200. Island Spirit will take care of you.
|Heading EAST. The lights are red to maintain our night vision.|
|Sunrise, what a spectacular event.|
|One more sunrise photo on a beautiful day.|
|Approaching New Providence, we sailed well south of the coral heads and then turned northeast.|
|WE DID IT, we arrived in New Providence.after 26 hours of sailing!|
|Popping the champagne to celebrate our successful passage.|
|Team Island Spirit and Whiteaker Yacht Sales up and running. The office is open.|
|The Palm Cay courtesy car we can use for 2 hours each day.|
|Happy Tourists! The Queen's Staircase, carved by 600 slaves, leads to |
Fort Fincastle, the highest point of land in Nassau.
|Bahamian Night and JAZZ Night at the Palm Cay Club, Jeff Gabor takes the drums and amazes the crowds.|
Truly one of the highlights of our entire trip!
|Walking downtown Nassau. Traffic police are everywhere.|
|Cruise ships and horse drawn buggies|
|Valentines Day aboard Island Spirit|
|Happy Valentines Day|
|Departure time, the Gabors are heading home. It certainly was a|
memorable way to celebrate Jeff and Hayden's special birthdays!
|Jeff and Sharon say Good Bye. Thank you for making the effort to cruise with us!|
|Team Shirts, but, we sailed right past the Berry Islands...missed them all, due to the winter weather.|
What a fun time and a busy time, preparing to leave the US 2 days early, docking, waiting weather, and being rewarded with one of the best sails in 25 years! Sharing this all with lifetime friends? Priceless!