Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bradenton, the Bahamas and Beyond 2015

Wow, what a month, since we left Bradenton xmas day, we have been almost constantly in route heading south to the Carribean. Finally getting a chance to slow down and update the blog.

Bradenton to Marathon

Had a great sail to Marathon, we had a 6 day weather window and we took it! Left xmas day and arrived marathon the 27th, anchored and headed to Rodriquez key, then to Dinner key where we hung out for a couple le of weeks waiting on our buddy boats Stargazer and Casa Blanca.

Visited by some paddleboarders while on the ball at Dinner Key

The light house at Key Biscayne on our way into Biscayne bay and Dinner Key

Inspired I try out the new inflatable paddleboard we bought in Bradenton

So after we met up with our buddy boats we waited for a weather window and we were off on the adventure! We left dinner key mooring field and anchored off of Key Biscayne near the sailing club so wrong could get a quick start to out crossing. We left at 3 am and were greeted with calm wind and seas, they built as the morning cane in until we were beam reaching in 17 knots on the beam from the north! We sailed all the way across the stream, arriving in Bimini at about 11am. We decided on Bimini Sands marina so we took slops there and cleared in at the airport.

At the dock at Bimini Sands

More Bimini sands, got to love floating docks

Weather kept us in Bimini for 3 days, when we got the chance we scooted around the north side and headed to Frazier hog.

Fishing was good on the way to Nassau, caught 2 Mahi and one Wahoo!

Love those Mahi

More for the freezer!

As the weather was pretty calm we decided to anchor on the banks near the north west channel light and spend the night. Up early the next morning we sailed across the new providence channel to west bay whet we anchored up for another night before heading to Normans cay into the Exumas.

West bay Nassau , calm in a east wind!

West bay, Nassau, our buddy boats in the distance

Had a brisk east wind do it was a 6 hr motor, not much fun but you got to endure some pain every once in a while. From Normans we headed south to a Staniel cay form fuel, then down 5 miles to black point for Bread! Next morning off again out the cut and had a fantastic 45 mile beam reach in the sound down to georgetown!

We stayed in Georgetown several day waiting for a window to head to the a Turks! We got a great opportunity with a cold front so we took the shot and were able to sail, no motoring except the 40 miles from Georgetown to the north tip of Long Island, 240 miles yo the Turks! Beam reached down Long Island then dipped south under the Aclins then se to the turks!

Got to Wrst Cacios at 11 pm and dropped the hook. Tired Cowboys after about 34 straight hrs of passage making in big wind and following seas.

Anita puts up the Turks and Cacios courtsey flag after we cleared in!our

Marina at Provo, we couldn't stay there, too shallow, ran aground on our way in and had to be pulled off.

First meal in the Turks! Really beautiful view

Next day we headed to Sapadillia bay and spent a night there before heading east to the Provo area. The Turks are sure a lot more prosperous then the Exumas! The water I'd just as clear though!

After spending 4 days in the probe area off we went south east to the south Cacios area to,prepare go jump to the DR!

Dingy dock at south Cacios

Pretty laundry at south Cacios

Those out of focus pink things are flamingos.

The south Cacios are famous for there flamingos and whales and we saw several breaches as we approached the entrance to the Harbour.