Sailing in the Exumas – Feb 2018

Wonderfully Fun Sailing in the Exumas

Although a couple of days bad weather also hit the start of this trip, the grey skies cleared and gave us some beautiful sailing in the Exumas from the top of the chain to the bottom.  A nice mahi mahi catch topped it off!

Sailing Summary

Distance: 177 Nautical Miles

Duration: 12 Days

Fish Caught: 1 Mahi mahi

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Our Fishy!

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27th January 2018

Another wet and windy start to our Exumas Sailing Holiday in the busy Capital of Nassau.  Bleu Turquoise and Summer Breeze were moored at Yacht Haven Marina, just under the bridges and we planned our getaway knowing that some dark weather was on the way in.

28th January 2018

With a short lull before the storm we escaped the dock and headed out into a headwind and short choppy seas for our near 40 mile trip to the top of the Exuma chain at Highbourne Cay.  BT made it into the marina just as night was falling. but having lost sight of Summer Breeze several hours before (Colin took a short cut through the reefs) it was an anxious wait when they didn’t call in again til nearly 9pm!  Thankfully they made it in safely to the anchorage but it had been a long tough day.

29th – 30th January 2018

The skies were fearsome the following day as we waited for the cold front to pass over, drying out our gear from punching through waves for 6 hours the day before!  The next day brought brighter weather, but it was still very windy and we hung out at Highbourne exploring their beautiful beaches.

31st January 2018

Time to make way and we set out into a cloudless sky with a light breeze behind us, heading down to Shroud Cay for the lunch, and with a day or two to catch up on the itinerary, we set sails again that afternoon for Warderick Wells Cay, the Headquarters of the Exumas Land and Sea Park.

1st February 2018

A sun-drenched morning ashore exploring Warderick Wells and then an afternoon relaxing and playing with the kayak and paddleboard.

2nd February 2018

We enjoyed a beautiful day’s sailing today, heading down to snorkel the caves at Rocky Dundas, and a spot of lunch before sailing again to Staniel Cay, where we anchored close to the swimming pigs at Big Major’s Spot.  Time to take the food scraps ahore!

3rd February 2018

We tried some snorkelling at Thunderball Grotto in the morning but the tide was running high and strong.  We had to settle for a lunch ashore in Staniel Cay Yacht Club before a short afternoon sail to Black Point for the night.

4th February 2018

With a little time ashore in the morning for a look around this tiny town and a bite of lunch, we made our last trip on the Exuma Bank down to Conch Cut where we managed to find a very tranquil anchor spot waiting for morning and our pass out into the Atlantic.

5th February 2018

We set out through the cut just as day was breaking and motor-sailed down the Atlantic side of the Great Exuma on a calm sea with a wonderfully clear sky.  Stephane landed a very nice Mahi Mahi on the trip down which set us up for dinner that evening.

6th February 2018

BT crew enjoyed a lazy day around Stocking Island, whilst Summer Breeze headed to town for a look around.  We all met up at Chat n Chill Bar for a final crew meal all together.

7th February 2018

With a 10 mile hop to the marina at Emerald Bay, we headed out early and docked in time to wave goodbye to our early departures.  Lunch for the rest at the nearby resort.

What Our Guests Said…

Scott MacklinScott MacklinUSA

Sam, thank you for a wonderful vacation. Excellent hospitality, food was fantastic and all of your sailing knowledge.  God willing I will sail with you again!

Katherine GoughKatherine GoughUnited Kingdom

I started my journey nervous and pale

No seadog or sailors tale

The first sea journey was a little tough

The wind was high and the sea was rough

Initially terrified and harnessed for fear

I soon relaxed and enjoyed the cheer

Winching and steering and pulling the slack

I began to understand the sailing craik

The food was delicious and tasty

The sailing relaxed and not too hasty

We reached speeds of over 8 knots

The beer in the evenings was lots and lots

As the sun came out and we started to tan

Of sailing I think I could become a fan

The experiences shared are too many to list

Supermoon, stars, mahi, dolphins; gives the gist

Thank you Sam for my time on Bleu

I am proud to wear my T shirt badged Crew!

Daphne BrillDaphne BrillUnited Kingdom

Sam you are a star!  Thanks for all the wonderful home cooked food, the entertainment and most of all your patience with a rookie crew member!  Had a great holiday and can't wait to see you again - goodbye blue waters...

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