November Travel Updates: Leaving Georgetown

I’m adding this here mostly for our own use (its sometimes easier to find things on our blog than it is to find it on Facebook). If you want to see more photos of our time along the way, you can follow us on Oh Sail Yes Facebook Page or Instagram. It takes less data to upload to those sites than it does the blog. Otherwise, I’ll try to include a synopsis with my favorite photos at the end of each month.

Byn’s Note:
I am still back on land in the US, visiting my land kids Kainan, Paris, Sprite, Matt and Kara (and other friends) AND my two grandsons *squee* It has been HARD to be apart from my boat humans, but at the same time, I am really REALLY enjoying the time with my land humans, so as usual, I’m feeling pretty torn between two worlds.

I am SO thankful for facebook and other social media outlets, though. I can’t imagine trying to do this before wide spread, easy access internet. I just can’t imagine it.

November 18th
Georgetown, Bahamas
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Abyni is feeling some dolphin love this morning! Two adults and one little baby dolphin.

November 20, 2016
S/V 11 Purple Monkeys finally left Georgetown!11-purple-monkeys-sailing-sailboat-trimaran
The Monkeys are on the move! Beautiful day. 10-15 knots, calm seas. Tiberius takes his deck snuggling duties very seriously

November 21, 2016
Thompson Bay on Long Island, Bahamasthompson-bay-long-island-sailing-bahamas
Many cruisers make a habit out of helping to clean up the remote deserted beaches that we visit (us included). Since these remote locations almost never have trash disposal nearby, this usually means that the flotsam ends up being deposited just past the high tide line.

It speaks volumes about the typical cruiser that this flotsam is frequently assembled into a makeshift beach bar. You also find very interesting collections of odd things put together.

November 23, 2016
Clarence Town, Long Island
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Yesterday was unpleasant and long, but we got in late last night OK.

Passage days are hard on the pets in addition to the humans, and they’re always double eager to go to shore when we make a new anchorage. They’re great travelers, though so I gave them a much deserved hour long hike exploration of a new deserted island this morning. They looked much happier and satisfied afterwards 🙂

We’re going to chill here for a few days resting and waiting for a shift in the wind to take us in the right direction. So far we’ve sailed almost 250 miles over the water to get a total of about 50 miles east as the crow flies. Long Island is aptly named. Yesterday was a little over 100 miles around the north end then back south to Clarence Town. We’re now sitting about 15 miles from where we started, only on the other side of the island.

Next hop should be to either Acklins followed by Inagua or Samana followed by Mayaguana, weather depending.

Jaedin caught us dinner, and we’ve been treated to a couple of very nice sunsets 🙂 *Look for Jaedin’s upcoming posts on what he’s learned about fishing on the ocean.

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November 24th
Clarence Town
We rented a car for the first time since leaving the US last February. This allowed us to visit Dean’s Blue Hole, stock up on a few provisions AND go out to eat a ‘real’ meal for the holiday.


The dogs REEEEALLY enjoyed having a car ride for the first time in a LONG while! (this is not to insinuate that Abyni is one of our dogs, she just happened to be in the photo with the happy puppy photo:)
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A real USA style Thanksgiving dinner at Rowdy Boys Bar in Clarence Town. Mmmmmmm…. Buffet!

November 26, 2016
Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island Bahamas
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We took a day trip over to Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island yesterday. Really a cool place to visit if you’re ever in the area.

It was formed when an underground cavern collapsed and opened up to the sea. From the sandy edge where it’s four feet deep, one step off the ledge puts you over 660 feet of water.

There is a team of professional free divers who trains here daily. These guys & gals are pretty intense. They push the envelope every day trying to go ever deeper, and frequently return to the surface only semi-conscious.

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It’s a seriously awesome place. Abyni (on the right) is about a foot from the shore. One more step forward and the water is a good 8-10 feet deep. One more step past that and the bottom is 220 meters down.

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Abyni says, “It was on my bucket list of places I wanted to visit and it was AWESOME. I wish it had been a little bit warmer, but still, it was incredible!”

November 29, 2016
Acklin’s Island
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Made it to the southwest end of Acklins Island yesterday. Waiting out some stronger wind and waves today before continuing southward to Great Inagua. We’re really wishing the wind would break north of east!

Fighting wind and waves, we’ve sailed a little over 320 miles over the water to get 117 miles southwest as the seagull flies.

We’ve only seen one other sailboat sinice leaving George Town – a small monohull in Clarence Town that was headed north.

Jaedin supplied yummy fresh tuna, and last night’s sunset didn’t disappoint.

 

November 30, 2016
Acklin’s Island/Castle Island
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Just off the far Southwest end of Acklins Island is Castle Island, a small sandy islet with an abandoned lighthouse complex on it. We staged just off the West shore today for a run tonight and tomorrow down to Great Inagua.
We went ashore and explored the lighthouse – got some amazing photos and video. Look for highlights in an upcoming episode!
Wish us luck on tonight’s passage. We’ll be out of touch until tomorrow afternoon/evening.

December 1, 2016
Heading for Inagua
This is an 80 mile hop. Should be able to maintain 5-6 knots without putting too much stress on boat and crew. We’re going to try going. If it’s too rough we’ll turn around and come back. So you’ll either hear from us in a few hours back at this same location or sometime early tomorrow morning from Great Inagua. The wind has settled down a bit but it’s been blowing pretty hard for several days. Can’t tell from this harbor what it’s like on the outside.

We may have to sacrifice some speed for comfort and safety, down to something like 4-5 knots. That would make this 80 miles into a 16-20 hour trip.

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