Not Ready to Go North

In Shroud, we only had a day or two worth of water and food left.  The logical thing to do would have been to continue heading north and eventually reach Nassau.  However, we were feeling like we weren’t quite ready to be done with the Exumas.  We were enjoying all the snorkeling, quiet beaches and exploring.  So we made the shocking decision to …

An Encounter with “the wings”

After leaving Warderick Wells, we headed to Hawksbill Cay, another island in the Sea Park.  My parents had told us about encountering “bitch wings” when you are anchoring and we experienced this for the first time. Basically the way this happens is we get in position to anchor our boat and you notice that the people on the boat nearby are …

Exuma Island Hopping

After all the activity of Georgetown, we were really looking forward to weeks spent exploring the Exuma chain.  The Exumas are a cruisers paradise with hundreds of mostly uninhabited islands, beautiful waters in every shade of blue, amazing beaches, great snorkeling and lots of peaceful anchorages.  There are very few settlements in the Exumas, which makes it difficult to provision.  After 4 weeks …

Boat School

We get asked by both friends or family at home and also people we meet here what we are doing about schooling on this trip.  When I cruised in the ‘90s, I completed grades 9 and 11 on the boat and followed a very prescribed curriculum through our Ministry of Education.  Our kids are much younger (our oldest is in grade 2) and therefore …

A Crazy Night

A mini-blog by Paul So we figured we might be in for a rough night, but what we got was pretty crazy. The winds were predicted to blow out of the South and then clock around through the West, which is not great for where we are because there is no protection from the West. But the winds were predicted …

Lee Stocking Island and Blackpoint

Our first stop after leaving Georgetown was Lee Stocking Island, about 30 miles north.  It was an uneventful mostly motor sail, until we landed a mahi mahi on our handline.  This was our first time fishing with the handline and we were really excited to have caught something.  As Paul started pulling it in, we could see that it was a green fish and …