|...Our Team of three...|
|Hayden and Radeen raise the Bahamas Flag|
We did have a fantastic sail out of Bimini, sailing south on East winds, to Gun Cay / Cat Cay cut where we turned East and headed out onto the Great Bahama Bank. Cuts in the Bahamas are to be respected because the current runs fast between them and the shore is always very hostile, rocky and jagged. God help you if your engine would ever die when running a Bahamas Cut, if it did, it would be very serious. Because of that, we always keep a sail up when motoring into cuts. In this photo you can see buddy boat IP380 PLAN SEA powering around the point with his sail up in the rocky cut. Very cool photo.
|Running the NW Channel|
Sunrise peeked through the scattered clouds as we approached the west end of New Providence and we all were happy to be able to see beyond the bow of the boat. Now we could see the salt spray all over the windshields from taking bow waves of salt spray all over the entire deck and canvas. We are so glad we washed the boat yesterday! It is crazy how the wind forecast is rarely right, it may be close, and it may be from the right quadrant but it is not right on. We left the Tongue of the Ocean and crossed up onto the next Bahama Bank and NOW the Exumas were in reach. Just another 50 nm (7 hours) and we reached Highbourne Cay where we always re-fuel. We used 32 gallons since Miami....$2.69 a gallon there and $4.41 here. We were grateful to drop and rest after 39 hours of moving. Next stop, Warderick Wells (30 nm south) in the Exuma Land and Sea Park! Wait until you see that.....
Look at the water, this is why we sail to the EXUMAS.
Here are more photos, Photo Boy loves to take pictures....
|Fun Selfie at the infinity pool at Bimini Sands|
|Radeen, my favorite photo subject|
Photos of: Setting Sail off Bimini, Our FIRST Bahamas Sail of 2017
|Ocean water color right off of Bimini, BLUE BLUE BLUE|
|We set full sail, Jib, Staysail and Main....ahhhhhhh|
|IP 380 PLAN SEA sailing with South Bimini in the background|
|Sailing photos are always the best 45 degrees off the bow|
|IP 380 PLAN SEA, Jim and Loretta ocean sailing|
|Crealock 34, NEVERLAND sailing off South Bimini|
|The Crealock 34 is a sleek double ender|
|The new NEVERLAND with Jim and Cynthia at the helm|
Photos of: Running the cut between Gun Cay and Cat Cay, notice the harsh shoreline
|IP 380 PLAN SEA off Gun Cay Light|
|Look at the shordline, all rock and no beach here|
|Harsh jagged rock of Gun Key with abandoned buildings|
|Neverland powers through the cut at Gun Cay and Cat Cay|
Photos of: Sunset on the Great Bahamas Bank as we motor sail East
|The sun sets over the stern on the banks as we power east|
|This is the view from the helm, all night long, know your radar system well|
Photos of: Day Break and Sunrise as we approach West end of New Providence Island
|YES, we are alive! We can see, look there is the bow....yahooooo|
|WHAT? Salt spray up to the roof, OK, time to fire up the watermaker and clean this off|
|Sunrise around the jib as the winds have finally gone SSE|
|We learned how to customize the Zeus2, screen making our own layouts to choose from. Very cool!|
Photos of: SUNSET, our first 2017 at anchor off Highbourne Cay
|The winds are west, the front is coming, the sun is setting, time to find shelter tomorrow|
|Our conch horn from friend Carey which I blow at sunset..."Welcome to Da Bajammas Mon!"|
|Sunset, bow facing west which means a new front is coming|
I know this blog post was a little long, but we are so excited to return to the Exumas and I had so many great photos. I shot 375 on two cameras over the past 36 hours. There are so many photo opportunities and I really enjoy the hobby. Thank you for sailing along. Next stop Warderick Wells and the Exuma Land and Sea Park.