March 20, 2007

Ragged Islands to the Isle Great Inagua

Pictures speak for themselves and long winded updates never get read so here are some pics of the South Eastern Bahamas and our experiences.

The beautiful Ragged Islands served us well with calm coves to anchor and the fruits of the path less traveled. We landed on this completely deserted Island and these are our Boats. From Left to Right, Moxi, Barely Twisted, and Double Bruyn.

Our daily feed is becoming less of what we have purchased and more and more of what we are able to catch. Jon and I went fishing with spears on the reefs, I got two and Jon got one. :) This Dolphin fish Laura and I just caught on the line was the most beautifull color in the water. It took both of us to get it into the boat.
The company that we have made has been most of the last weeks adventure

Hundreds would pay thousands eh?
We are now heading for the Dominican Republic where we hope to get local vegitables and some culture.

March 01, 2007


Well we had a few adventures getting here by the end of the month but we made it.
The cold front that passed over Florida last week came our way to Chub cay and hammered us. We barely skirted into the safety of a marina as the winds reached a gale and the rain picked up. The marina wanted $112.00 for us to stay for the night so we choose to head out into the storm at nine in the morning to find a free anchorage and it happened by tremendous stores of good luck. We beat into the wind and rain hitting sand bars and loosing hope for another few hours before we got an anchor to hold. We have a knack for traveling against the wind and in less that favorable weather. But we are working it out and growing patient and all the while seeing some beautiful places.

The quality of people here is the ice one the cake as it always is with travel. The places you go will all ways be there. Its the people you meet that make the places. We are amongst a crowd of retired Canadians, French and Americans. They love that we are out here so early in life and they all say they wished they would have done it when they were our age. Everywhere we go people reach out to help us and offer advice. Each day we meet more people and hear more incredible stories.

We spent a few days in Nassau where we met the skipper on the NZ12 Americas Cup boat and he took us for a sail on it. It was thrilling. Then the next day he came for a sail on our boat where he tuned my rig and taught Laura and I how to trim our sails. It was an amazing sailing experience on our boat and a life time experience on a five million dollar carbon fiber Americas cup boat with a mast ten stories high.

Most importantly, we met up with our partner boat the ‘Double Brauyn’. The New Zealand brothers that started in the same port as ‘Barley Twisted’ in Florida, two months ago. We are going to post out here in the Southerly Islands of the Exumas for the next month. The fishing is good and the scenery never tires. There are over three hundred sail boats from around the globe here for the Georgetown Regatta. We came just in time and will slip into the race.

Last night we dressed as pirates and danced the night away on the beach to the Regatta music. Today we are setting sail south for the Ragged Islands just south of the Exumas.