Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Providence Island to Berry Island to Grand Bahama Island to Ft. Pierce, Florida with my buddy T.O.

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Pete flies home and my buddy T.O. arrives.  I make him tour Atlantis aquarium before we head to Berry Islands.

We hook into another mahi mahi as we sail to Berry Islands.

This fish gives us 5 days of good eating.

Approaching storm at Frazier's Hog Cay anchorage.

We get slammed by the worst storm of the trip at Frazier's Hog Cay

Anchored at High Cay.  We had a sleepless night with sloppy seas.  Planning our next move.

Anchored off of White Cay.  This was a great place to play.

T.O. enjoying White Cay.

White Cay

White Cay

White Cay

Fishing at White Cay.  The seas went flat.

White Cay

Sailing to Grand Bahama Island

Captain Pat surveying the sea

West End, Grand Bahama Island.  I was surprised as the level of luxury at this marina.

West End

West End, Grand Bahama Island
Crossing the Gulf Stream and headed towards Lake Worth Inlet.  We had a very nice crossing.

Just inside of Lake Worth Inlet, Florida

On the ICW headed for Ft. Pierce, Florida to clear customs and put the boat up.

We followed this guy from North Carolina all day on the ICW.  It was much fun.

ICW sailing

Exuma Adventures: Staniel Cay to Nassau

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This is Cambridge Cay anchorage after leaving Staniel Cay and heading back to Nassau.

Another shot of our Cambridge Cay anchorage.  It was nice.

Cambridge Cay beach.  There is a nice short hiking trail that goes over the hills.

Cambridge Cay sky

Cambridge Cay
Cambridge Cay

Highborne Cay Anchorage

Fishing on the sound side of Highborne was very good.

Filleting the mahi mahi on deck.
Norman Cay Anchorage.  We were able to anchor in the channel this time through.

Norman Cay is a beautiful place.

I used conch for bait and hooked a nice snapper during the night.

Ship Caysunset

Below is an overhead shot of Ship Cay.  Very nice!

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Ship Cay was a great stop.  We bought a meal ticket for $20 and had a great lunch with the Powerboat Adventures group.  Shane did us right with his special tropical cocktails.

Ship Cay 

Ship Cay sunset
Back in Nassau anchored out in Nassau harbor.  I read this is a bad place to anchor but it suited us just fine.

Anchored out in Nassau Harbor.

We are in the cheap slips at Atlantis Marina.  They come with an Atlantis water park free pass.

Atlantis Marina

Sunset over New Providence Island

Atlantis Marina view.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Exuma Islands Adventures: Wadderick Wells, Compass and Staniel Cays

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Sunset at Wadderick Wells Cay

The Exuma Land and Sea Park Headquarters at Wadderick Wells Cay

Beautiful anchorage in the deep channel at Wadderick Wells

Another Wadderick Wells sunset

Pumpkin Flats on the Shady Tree trail, Wadderick Wells Cay

Hiking on the southern end of Wadderick Wells, looking toward the headquarters.

Chilling at the Exuma Land and Sea Park headquarters.
Another Wadderick Wells sunset

Hiking on the great trails on Wadderick Wells

Don't know what this was about

East side of Compass Cay

Hiking Compass Cay

Fishing on Compass Cay

Curly Tailed Lizard on Compass Cay

The Bubbles on Compass Cay

Boat name plaques at the Compass Cay Marina

Tyler Perry's friends on Compass Cay
A possible Tyler Perry sighting?

The "pet" nurse sharks at Compass Cay Marina

We had a beautiful spot at Compass Cay Marina
The Staniel Cay Yacht Club

We had access to the pool by docking at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club

Staniel Cay Yacht Club marina