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The Voyage Continues!

Back in the Bahamas!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 to Saturday, January 24, 2015

We arrive back in the Bahamas to sunshine and lovely warm weather on Wednesday. It is good to be back! After arriving at Treasure Cay we take the ferry to Green Turtle Cay. Silver Maple is in storage at the Abaco Yacht Services boat yard on Green Turtle Cay. By Friday we have it back in the water. She is in good shape and survived the summer storage well. After a few days of cleaning and prepping she is looking ship-shape.

On the ferry from Treasure Cay to Green Turtle Cay where Silver Maple is stored

On the ferry from Treasure Cay to Green Turtle Cay where Silver Maple is stored

Putting Silver Maple on the crane

Putting Silver Maple on the crane

Back in the water. Woohoo!

Back in the water. Woohoo!

Once in the water we spend a few days at the Leeward Yacht club and then move on to Marsh Harbour. The passage at Whale Cay has become easy now that we have done it a few times. Arriving at the Jib Room/Marsh Harbour Marina is like coming home. We reconnect with Sharon and Pete from Annapolis, MD, on their new motor boat, Emerald Lady. They gave up their sailboat, Kankita, and went to the dark-side. It is an American Tug. Spacious and very nice. Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt) from Oakville, ON, are also at the Jib Room. We spend some time visiting with them and their dog, Casey.

Settled in at Leeward Yacht Club

Settled in at Leeward Yacht Club

The weather report shows some bad weather moving in, so we take advantage of the window and head south to Lynyard Cay and make the crossing to Eleuthera on Thursday, January 22nd. Its a great crossing. Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) are with us. We have nice wind that picks up as we go. By the time we arrive, we are really moving! We spend a night in Royal Harbour and then move on to Spanish Wells to sit out the weather.

Sunrise as we leave Lynyard Cay and head for Royal Harbour in North Eleuthera

Sunrise as we leave Lynyard Cay and head for Royal Harbour in North Eleuthera

Emerald Lady passing us shortly after we exit South Bar Channel to start the ocean crossing

Emerald Lady passing us shortly after we exit South Bar Channel to start the ocean crossing

Captain sitting on the deck enjoying a lovely day for a cruise

Captain sitting on the deck enjoying a lovely day for a cruise

Checking the sails

Checking the sails

Wind picks up and we are flying at over 8 knots

Wind picks up and we are flying at over 8 knots

Relaxing morning in Royal Harbour

Relaxing morning in Royal Harbour

Settled in Royal Harbour next to Emerald Lady

Settled in Royal Harbour next to Emerald Lady

Spanish Wells is a lovely fishing town that we visited last year and really enjoyed. On Saturday, we take the fast ferry to Harbour Island and stroll around Dunmore Town and walk the beach. We have a nice lunch at the Coral Sands Hotel overlooking the beach. Gorgeous day.

Arriving in Spanish Wells

Arriving in Spanish Wells

Sharon on Emerald Lady is docked next to us in Spanish Wells Yacht Haven

Sharon on Emerald Lady docked next to us in Spanish Wells Yacht Haven

Lunch at the Buddha Snack Shack in Spanish Wells after we arrive

Lunch at the Buddha Snack Shack in Spanish Wells after we arrive

The flowers are blooming all over Spanish Wells. Gorgeous!

The flowers are blooming all over Spanish Wells. Gorgeous!

We take the ferry to Harbour Island from Spanish Wells for the day

We take the ferry to Harbour Island from Spanish Wells for the day

Looking back at Spanish Wells as we leave on the ferry

Looking back at Spanish Wells as we leave on the ferry

On the ferry its very windy!

On the ferry its very windy!

Arriving in Dunmore Town on Harbour Island

Arriving in Dunmore Town on Harbour Island

The ferry docked at Harbour Island

The ferry docked at Harbour Island

Some of the 'local' strolling the water front in Dunmore Town

Some of the ‘locals’ strolling the water front in Dunmore Town

After lunch at the Coral Sands Hotel overlooking the beach

After lunch at the Coral Sands Hotel overlooking the beach

Dunmore Town on Harbour Island

Dunmore Town on Harbour Island

Tomorrow we head out to Hatchet Bay in the morning, our next stop as we head south toward the Exumas. The bad weather is supposed to hit tonight, but tomorrow should be nice, so we will be back on the water!

3 thoughts on “Back in the Bahamas!

  1. Love the pictures, you both look great! Enjoy!

  2. Thank you for this. You two look so happy.

  3. Enjoy – you are in the right place at the right time.

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