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15. Dec, 2010

Last of the Bahamas

Last of the Bahamas

Last few days in the Bahamas were spent checking out Long Island (yes, they are very original with their names…) Some beautiful scenery and old churches. Highlight was definately the ‘blue hole’, deepest in the world at 600ft. Its the spot for freedivers trying to break diving records… each to their own! Check out www.verticalblue.net

We waited for weather period to travel down the Ragged Islands, which unfortunately never came, so it turned out to be a straight overnight run to Duncan Town for the crossing to Cuba!

07. Dec, 2010

Attack of the flying pig!

Attack of the flying pig!

Well who thought pigs could fly…..? or in this case swim incredibly fast!

We are experiencing all kinds of weird and wonderful things but swimming pigs, who would have thought….they may look very cute and quite funny, but these pigs are enormous and when trying to board little Pakotini quite a terrifying experience!

Well our boat nearly capsized but I managed to fend off swimming piggie by tapping (quite firmly) on his snout. (You might hear the little nah ah, nah ahs…..ha ha ha!) and our moment of marital stress was quickly extinguished with hoots of laughter! Never a dull moment…

06. Dec, 2010

All is well…

All is well…

Finally we can use the classic Bahamian saying… ‘all is well, mon’. Last couple days have been spent fixing ‘the shroud’, so we can get the sails back up and head for Cuba. Turned out to be quite a mission as we had to take off the shroud, cut out the dodgy old rotten section and replace and fiberglass in new support and chain plate. Looks to be solid now and ready for the high seas.

We have had a good couple days in George Town enjoying the mellow town vibe and took a ‘day out’ to explore Great Exuma Island on a scooter. Couple of beautiful beaches and views of surrounding cays.

George Town is a typical island town, everyting happens sooowly but amazingly you can get just about everything you need here. We anchored off neighboring Stocking Island which has a classic beach bar but only one music playlist blasting away three songs on rotation so its definitely time to float on down the islands and out of the playlist range!

Next stop is Long Island where we need to wait for a weather window for crossing to Ragged Islands and Cuba.

03. Dec, 2010

Underwater Exumas

Underwater Exumas

Magical cave diving in Exuma Islands, Bahamas… the video

25. Nov, 2010

The Blues – the good & the bad!

The Blues – the good & the bad!

This is a post about the blues…. both the good type and bad!  We spent a couple days in bustling Nassau (capital of Bahamas) where we stocked up on the last provisions and experienced the local cuisine… conch (pronounced konk!) salads and fritas are the local delicacy. Nassau is not the most beautiful place but has everything you could need, including the lost city of Atlantis… yup, ol Sol Kerzner’s ‘creation’.

Once the weather was looking good we made the crossing to the first island in the Exuma’s island chain in a good 15-20 knot breeze. Unfortunately on arrival we noticed a major flaw with Pako. The port shroud bracket had started lifting off the deck, an important part of the rigging that holds up the mast! So it was a nerve-racking night worrying about every creak and groan. Morning inspection put things a bit more in perspective but unfortunately it was no more sailing until we can get the rigging sorted out in George Town (about 90 miles away).

The rigging blues were fairly quickly replaced though by the magical scenes of the Exumas as we island limped our way down the chain (using the donk/engine!). The water colors here are incredible and unfortunately photo’s don’t seem to do justice to the dramatic shades of blue. The last few days have been spent in the beautiful national park and we have got into the island rhythm with days spent exploring, swimming, snorkeling and of course evening ‘happy hour’ sundowners on the beach!

So we’ll continue to soak up the island paradise until we reach George Town where decisions will need to be made about ‘where to next’ for little yacht Pako! Fingers crossed!