The spring 2017 trip will be our 10th trip down to the Keys and the Bahamas. Each trip has been different. Each trip has been wonderful and fantastic. Each trip has led to the immediate planning of a subsequent trip. Each trip has pushed us into new territory with new friendships. We typically take 2 adults and 8 young people on our voyages.
Our first organized trip occurred during the summer of 2009 aboard the Halie and Matthew, a 118-foot schooner. We sailed from Key West to the Dry Tortugas and back. In 2010 and 2011, we sailed the upper and middle Keys aboard Pirate’s Choice, a 53′ gaff-rigged ketch. In 2012 and 2013, we sailed the entire Florida Keys on No Expectations, a 47′ Leopard catamaran. We really liked No Expectations and took her to the Bahamas in the spring of 2014, spring and summer in 2015, and spring in 2016. We sailed Big Easy II, a 44′ Leopard, to the Bahamas during the summer of 2016 and will take her again to the Bahamas on this spring 2017 trip.
During the summers of 2015 and 2016, we ran a band camp for the Bahamian children in Bimini. Each summer, we taught about 60 Bahamian kids how to play all kinds of musical instruments for a week. The band camp culminated in a Mardi Gras style parade through the streets of Bimini, a mini-concert afterwards, and Cajun jambalaya for everyone. Now that’s how to rock the streets of Bimini!
We have met some wonderful people on our voyages including Captain Lance and Suzanne Holmquist, Jerry Chapman, Hugh Rolle, and Bonefish Ebbie to name a few. Check out our Friends page to learn more about some of these and more. Truly, it is the people we meet and the bonds of friendship that make doing this so special.