Pictures from the trip

Here are the pictures I have from the trip. Thanks to David Beaugh for his pictures. Please share your pictures with me and I’ll post them here too!

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Home Again!

Our drive home from Marianna was beautiful. We stopped at Florida’s “highest waterfall” in Falling Waters, Florida. It was a nice diversion from the drive, but we didn’t spend very long there. Everyone was intent on getting home so we kept rolling. Turkey sandwiches and ramen noodles kept the group happy as we got closer and closer to home. We returned to SSC at about 3:45 in the afternoon, right on time. Our trip is complete. The lessons of life on the sea are now in our memories (and on our blog!).

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In Marianna, Florida

We had a great day on the road with only one stop for lunch on the Turnpike. We stopped for the night at Dove’s Rest RV Park in Marianna. Everyone is looking forward to being home tomorrow!

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Back in Ft. Lauderdale

We had a very nice crossing yesterday after a great day at the Sapona and Honeymoon Harbor. On the way in, we fueled up at Lauderdale Marina, went through 2 bridges, then dropped the hook to grill some chicken for dinner. We organized personal gear and then came in to the dock. A highlight of our return was quick trip to CVS for ice cream! You’ve never seen kids have so much fun as they had in that store.

The RV is now loaded and the boat is almost cleaned up. We’ll be on the road soon.

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Trip update Friday

Today we began our sail back across the stream. We left at about 10 am with winds of about 15-20 knots mostly from the southwest. This put us on a beam reach, the fastest point of sail toward Ft. Lauderdale. As we approached Ft. Lauderdale, the wind took a more westerly turn and increased briefly to about 25-30 knots. We simply took our sails in and motored the remaining mile or so into Port Everglades.

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Wreck of the Sapona

We’ve had a couple of interesting days.  Recall Tuesday, our port sail drive (forward/reverse gears) went out. This is very unusual and not fixable in the Bahamas. Without power on both sides, the boat is extremely difficult to maneuver in tight quarters. The good folks at Fun in the Sun Charters brought us a new boat today and sailed Sundance back to Ft. Lauderdale. Our new boat, Mintaka, is a 44′ Fountain Pajot. It is really nice!

Today we sailed our new boat, Mintaka, from North Bimini southward to the wreck of the Sapona. The ship is aground in 15 feet of water and towers 30 feet above the water. We anchored close to the ship and snorkeled inside and around the ship. It is really cool to see fish inside the ship and the propeller at its stern. Some of our sailors spear fished in this area too. The crew climbed the sketchy rope ladder to the deck of the ship and jumped off over and over again. What a great time!

Later, we sailed over to Honeymoon Harbor where we anchored for the night. We broke out the fishing poles and otherwise enjoyed a beautiful night at our anchorage.

Bryley

William

Paxton and Robert

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C.J.’s Deli

What do you do when you’re stuck in Bimini? Of course you go to C.J.’s Deli. C.J.’s Deli is the place to go for authentic Bimini food. It is a great little place with the best food ever. We had conch fritters, fried conch, chicken wings, french fries, and even a club sandwich. Of course, life would not be complete without some Goombay Punch!

Some of us went to the straw market to buy souvenirs. Mr. Bob and Bryley made brownies on the boat

Later in the day, we dinghied to our anchor and pulled it out of the sea bottom by hand and then reeled up all our anchor chain. When we had the problem with the sail drive, we had dropped anchor and payed out our anchor chain to settle into our boat slip. Basically, we were prepping the boat to be sailed away later.

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Update from Bimini

Today, Tuesday, we’re about to head out to Great Isaac Island, then tonight back to Bimini for the night. All is well! Ya mon!

We sailed to the dolphin grounds on Moselle Bank, but alas, we did not spot any dolphins. We decided not to go all the way to Great Isaac due to the boat going unusually slow. It turned out to be a wise move as the port sail drive was apparently slipping and ultimately failed as we approached our anchorage near Big Game. We dropped anchor immediately upon the failure and avoided all potential drama. We eased the anchor chain out to settle our boat into a boat slip at Big Game.

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Easter Monday on Bimini

Today we spent the day on Bimini. Around noon time, we had a picnic on the beach with the locals. Mr. Hank Weech cooked hamburgers and hotdogs. Mr. Bob made his world famous potato salad and that was awesome. All the kids have been enjoying Big Game. We spent a good bit of time in the pool. Maddox is snorkeling like a fish as are all the rest of the crew.

Mr. Bob rented a golf cart and that enabled us to travel the entire island. Mr. David Beaugh has been with us for the last couple of days and will sail with us today. Mr. Hugh Rolle came to see us yesterday and ate dinner with us. It was great to see him again!

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At Big Game Club

We had a nice night on the boat at Gun Cay last night. The group had fun running the dinghy, talked to some girls on the beach, fed stingrays, and then we motored north to Big Game Club. Big Game has a pool and shore power so we’re going to be cool! Since we’ve already been one night on the hook, we’ve decided to stay for two nights at Big Game. We’ll explore the island, have a picnic with the locals, and tomorrow afternoon, snorkel 3-Sisters reef. Wednesday we plan to voyage to Great Isaac Island.

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