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Our final days in the Bahamas...

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I can’t believe I’m already writing this post. A month and a half has gone by since we crossed the Gulf Stream, landed in Bimini and saw the crystal clear blue water of this piece of paradise... 

So, after letting Virginie and Arnaud in Nassau, we set sails for the Berry Islands, a chain of islands that we explored on our way to the Exumas, but still had a lot of hidden gems to reveal. On our way there, as some of you might already know, I finally got to realize a dream of mine to catch my own mahi mahi! With MY line in the water, and MY muscles to take it out. It was so exciting, I hadn’t yelled of joy and adrenaline that much in a long time! Anyway, it made it the most delicious fish I had in my entire life. So now I’m ready for a ahi. 😜 
We ended up at Frozen Cay for a night, to give me some time to clean up the fish and cook it. 😁 The next morning, we went to check out Bonds Cay, thinking that it might be exciting, but it ended up being just ok. So we chilled on the boat and relax…

When friends come aboard...

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One day after Sam’s parents left Black Point, a friend of mine and her 8 yrs old son flew in. We went to the airport to pick them up, which was super exciting!! From there, it would be an intense sail back up to Nassau for them to catch their return flight. 

So we left Black Point early in the morning to get to Staniel Cay not too late. As I was still hoping to catch a mahi, we hesitated to go on the East coast because it was still pretty windy from the SE. What a bad decision we made to give it a try, as when we crossed the channel between two islands, the waves were chaotic and huge! First, the front bed got soaked before I got the time to realize the hatch was still opened, and second, it was so messy that it was, well let’s say inconfortable! We turned around and went to lick our wounds on the bank. 😓 It took the entire day to get the cushions to dry and to wash all the fabrics from the salty water...
While the sheets and cushions were outside, they went to check out the pigs (aga…

Sharing a piece of paradise with family...

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While waiting for a couple of days in Staniel Cay, we checked out all the hot spots. We started with Pig beach, which I didn’t like at all. So many people! So many hungry pigs! They all start running towards your boat as soon as you beach it to get all the carrots. We didn’t bring any, but there are so many people going there that carrots are floating all around you, so why bother. Then there are the really mean ones, the ones that bite people’s asses (for real!!!) if they don’t give them what they want. Never turn your back on a pig...



My personal favorite: Thunderball grotto! At low tide, you can snorkel into a cave with tons of fishes at the bottom. We saw a lion fish, so the kids were able to know what not to approach. 😉

Sam liked hanging out at the Yatch Club, while the kids just wanted to pet the nurse sharks at the dock.


Once Sam’s parents arrived at Black Point, we were stocked to find an anchorage right infront of their rental place. Location was just perfect! All week, we use…

Windy days...

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As I am writing these lines, we are having two days of 25-30 knts East winds. We are anchored at Black Point, so the bay is protecting us from the big waves.  Still, I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of really windy days. I hear you judging me right now. 😅 You live on a sailboat Cat!!! It’s just that when the winds blow stronger than 20 knts, I feel like we are so exposed to the elements. The boat rocks one side and the other, moving at the end of its chain. When the wind hits the boat on its side, we can heel a couple of degrees. The anchor sometimes drags, too. Just like when we were anchored infront of Whale Cay and Little Whale Cay, waiting for the winds to calm down, where it dragged and brought us way too close to shallow waters, and we had to start the engine and move a little further. The charts were not exactly right, so we thought we had plenty of space to drag. Or when we were in Nassau, in the middle of a squall, and the anchor dragged, bringing us too close to anot…

Nassau and the beauty of the Exhumas...

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We finally had a last minute window to cross to Nassau on the 10th, so that’s what I did on my 40th birthday! Motorsailing for hours with the winds in our face, but OH! the excitement when we arrived in the channel, passing the oversized cruise ships onboard Rolianne, trying to imagine what it was like back in the pirates’ days... 





After a good meal and a beer at the Green Parrot to celebrate, we went back to the boat, exhausted. No party night for me this year, that’s for sure! To top on my exhaustion, a squall passed by and our anchor dragged with the strong winds, so we had to re-anchor in the rain, at night. My favorite moment of all... 😓 So I didn’t like Nassau that much after all. But the sunset was pretty.





After provisioning for the Exhumas in the morning, filling up on fuel, water and food, we left after lunch for the Exhumas, heading to Allan’s Cay. It wasn’t that far, about 4h30 with the winds on our bow. When arriving close to Allan’s Cay, the crew was just so excited!


Thi…