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Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Abaco April 5th 2014

We left a rainy weekend in NJ to venture to Newark airport dressed inappropriately but headed somewhere warmer. Parking at one of the long term parks was only $6 a day, eat that Sydney. Check in as usual for any of the American airlines such as United was painful and inefficient requiring several transactions with staff anyway so why not just line up like the old days? Security saw at least half of our packed lunch confiscated, yoghurt? come on. So we had to again buy the same provisions at twice the cost at the airport. Air travel these days... what's to like? The flight to Florida was rather turbulous and I was just happy to get there. Maybe I'm getting old or air travel is not what it used to be but I find it ... read more
Leaving Florida
Aqua waters

We’ll tell you more later in the blog about our plans to sell About Time, but for now I’ll give you an update on what we’ve been doing this winter and where we’ve been cruising. In December, after crossing to Nassau, from Miami, we spent a few days waiting for the right weather to sail down through the Exumas, to George Town. We stopped at Normans Cay, then at Staniel Cay where we met up with some friends, and stayed there for Christmas. As it happened we were headed for Blackpoint feeling a little “Blue” as we were going to have to spend Christmas by ourselves, without our family, and of course those adorable grandkids! As we passed Staniel Cay, another Canadian boat that we know Dejarlo, called us, and suggested we stop ... read more
Stocking Island Beach
Columbus Monument
Blue Hole in Long Island

Nous passons beaucoup de temps en compagnie de nos amis Louise et Franz de Franlou avec qui nous voyageons actuellement. Aussi, lorsque nous avons du signal internet suffisant, nous suivons les nouvelles concernant le tsunami qui a dévasté une partie du Japon cette semaine. Mardi le 8 mars : Nos invités sont partis hier. Ménage à l’intérieur (moi) et à l’extérieur (Serge) de Miralo en avant-midi et épicerie en après-midi. On refait les provisions de fruits et légumes frais avant notre départ de Marsh Harbour prévu demain. Nous nous rendrons d’abord à Hope Town pour ensuite remonter vers le nord des Abacos via Treaure Cay et Green Turtlle Cay. Nous recevons Louise et Franz pour souper. Au menu : médaillon de langoustes arrosé de son fettucini alfredo. Pour dessert, Louise nous a cuisiné une délicieuse tarte ... read more
La beach à Hope Town
Ah ce qu'on est bien aux Bahamas
Un petit repos pour le capitaine

Comme le temps coule. Nous avons passé une très agréable semaine en compagnie de mon frangin Joslyn et de ma filleule Pénélope. Aussi, nous avons retrouvé à Marsh Harbour nos amis Louise et Franz de Franlou. Lundi le 28 février : Dernier stretch de corvées avant l’arrivée de nos invités : épicerie, lavage, boulangerie, etc. Nous attendons avec impatience l’arrivée de Joslyn et de Pénélope qui ont quitté Montréal à 6h30 ce matin (Mtl-Miami, Miami-Nassau, Nassau-Marsh Habour). Nous les accueillons au Union Jack Landing Dock de Marsh-Harbour à 17h45. Ils sont complètement épuisés de leur journée passée dans les avions et les aéroports … Nous les recevons à bord de Miralo avec une petite saveur Bahamienne, soit une Conch Salad, fraîche accompagnée d’un bon spaghetti à l’américaine … pour ne pas trop les dépayser rapidement … ... read more
Francine et sa filleule
Guiligane sur son île déserte
Pénélope vous salue du fonds des océans

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Abaco » Marsh Harbour February 28th 2011

Et oui, depuis 1 semaine déjà que nous sommes aux Abacos ! C'est très différent des Exumas, à tout le moins de ce qu'on a vu jusqu'à maintenant des Abacos. L'eau est moins limpide et nous constatons un différence dans la température, les Abacos se situant au nord des Bahamas. On ne peut pas dire par ailleurs que c'est déplaisant, loin de là. Comme nous venons d'un pays nordique, nous sommes très confortables avec ce type de climat qui est un peu moins lourd et humide que dans les Exumas. Dimanche le 20 février : Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. On déménage ce matin. On se rend à Royal Island, une toute petite île à l’ouest de Spanish Wells (environ 7 nm). Et cette fois, on quitte à la marée haute pour s’éviter un stress inutile. Ainsi, nous ... read more
Levé de soleil sur l'Atlantique
Pêche au petit matin sur l'océan
Spectacle de dauphins autour de Miralo

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Abaco » Hope Town October 3rd 2010

The Abacos 2010 - The Second Time Around After an exciting crossing from Spanish Wells we decided to enjoy a couple of days in Little Harbor, a small bay with all around protection. On Tuesday morning the skies cleared and the wind was light and from the Southeast. We motored out the channel and decided to make some fresh water since the wind was too light to sail. It was a short two and one half hour jog up to Lubbers Quarters, a small island just off the South end of Elbow Cay. We found a quiet spot in crystal clear water about ½ mile off the island. Our friends on Tamaki sailed in about 30 minutes later and anchored nearby. After lunch we launched the dinghy and headed ashore to do some exploring. The shore ... read more
Easter Egg Hunt
Grabbers "Rake & Scrape"

Dear all, Well I returned to George Town via New York on the 19th May, with a view to making a transat crossing via the Azores, with Carla on Jeremy as crew. However and unfortunately I ended up departing George Town on the 24th May bound for the Azores, but on my own. Many thanks to Jeremy and Carla for helping me get to George Town and for taking care of Harbinger whilst I was away and i'm sorry that we didn't attempt the Atlantic together. Thank you for all that you did to get me to George Town. Well as I said, I departed George Town on the 24th but 5 days out, after 450 miles and half way to Bermuda, I decided that I was not going to get beyond Bermuda, and that is ... read more
1 A rare manually operated elevator in NY. This is where i stayed.
1 Storm clouds await me in George Town
2 Fairwell George Town

We let go of our mooring on Wednesday, at about noon headed for the Current Cut. Why so late a start you ask...well we needed to time our passage through the cut. It is called Current I assume perhaps incorrectly for the settlement of Current, but from a cruisers stand point it would be because of the current that reaches upwards of six knots. A slow boat would have some trouble negotiating the sharpish turn as well as the subsequent cut. Get it wrong and you will be on the sand or worse yet on the rocks. Having successfully made our way through we headed to our planned anchorage of Royal Island. This is a large protected harbour that cruisers have been using for years. The previous development was lost to hurrican Andrew and a ... read more
bronze little harbout
Bronze Lady

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Abaco April 25th 2010

We are back in the US now after being in the Bahamas since Nov 18th. The boat has been hauled and is in dry storage at Merritt Island (Cape Canaveral). On Monday we will drive home to Guelph, and arrive about April 27th. Hopefully the boat will be safe and sound, until we return around November 1. In our previous blog, we had just arrived in the Abacos. Our first stop was in Little Harbour, where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner of fresh Mahi that we caught on route from Spanish Wells. After a walk on the beach in Little Harbour, a visit to Pete’s Pub, and the Johnston’s foundry, we started exploring the Abacos with our first stop Lynyard Cay. Still the weather was not real warm, so after a peaceful night at this great ... read more
Bronze Sculputer at Little Harbour
Hopetown Candy Strip Lighthouse
View from the Lighthouse in Hope Town

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Abaco April 3rd 2010

Winter 2010 on About Time We realize we have been a little slow at sending out an update on our travels this winter. At first it seemed like there wasn’t a lot to tell about, but now as I sit to write about our winter, I realize that there is almost too much for one blog. The best way to summarize the winter is that it has been colder and windier, than we, long term cruisers, and even the fishermen can remember in a long time. Some weeks we had 2 or even 3 cold fronts pass over us. We have had much more west wind, and that makes for difficult anchoring, so we have spend much more time hiding from the fronts. I know that you don’t have much sympathy for us as we hear ... read more
Treasure from the Ocean
Blue Bahamain Waters
About Time Hiding out at Tiki Cove

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