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Bahamas 2008- Log C
Compass Cay to Sampson Cay Club
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Wednesday June 03rd
location - Compass Cay
 
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Bahama Star
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cocktails aboard Loon
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137 
 
...another beautiful morning at Compass so after a few morning chores we loaded up the dinghy and headed south to Sampson in search of conch fritters for lunch .. today was a little breezier so we stayed on the inside along Pipe Creek and had a nice ride down to Sampson Cay .. after a "healthy" lunch of fritters and onion rings at the Sampson Cay Club, we checked out the goods in the ship's store and split a pint of butter pecan ice cream under the gazebo.
 
.. on the way back to Compass we decided to head back up to Rachel's Falls (since the tide was high) and we were not disappointed .. the surf was breaking over the rocks and bubbling into the basin at the foot of the "falls" .. although we did not go in for a swim - our dock neighbors did and tell us that the water feels just like "champagne bubbles" !
 
.. while we were having lunch at Sampson we met up with some of the Lauderdale Yacht Club group and were invited for cocktails on Loon this evening .. had a wonderful time with a great group of cruisers!  After leaving Loon we spent some time visiting with Marcus and Tucker and learned that Marcus and Edgie would be leaving for home in the morning and told them we would plan to see them off to say goodbye and wish them safe travels.
Thursday June 04th
location - Compass Cay
 
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farewell to Marcus and Edgie
 
2009-06-04 - Photo Album
Lauderdale Yacht Club
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
at 0800 we bid farewell to Marcus and Edgie as Gary brought them to Staniel to catch their plane back to Toronto ?? .. as Marcus was trying to convince Tucker to come up to Canada - we told Marcus that it was 32 degrees in Minneapolis this morning!  We commented that Edgie looked sad and Marcus told us she was sad to leave .. until next time.
 
.. as it was fairly overcast with a light rain falling we decided to stay in port with the dinghy and take a walk on the north end of the crescent-shaped beach .. after hearing so much talk about "sea beans" Carol was inspired to see if we could find one .. just about the time she thought it might be the figment of someone's imagination .. behold! - found a large hamburger bean!  .. about that time it started to rain again so we headed back to Dee Light and found Autumn had jumped ship during low tide and was wandering the docks - poor little girl looked like a drowned rat - after a small scolding and getting her back on board, she promptly took a nap the rest of the afternoon.
 
.. this evening we were again invited for cocktails by the group from Lauderdale Yacht Club  - this time on First Light ( Malcolm and Penny ) .. First Light is a beautiful 60 Alaskan and they also plan to spend most of the summer cruising the islands.
 Friday June 05th
location - Compass Cay
 
 
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at the Aquarium
 
 
 
 
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Compass Cay Marina
In Port - Compass Cay - Tucker (242) 355-2137
 
we woke to a sunny day so decided to leave early for a dinghy trip north to the mooring field at Cambridge Cay where 3 boats were moored and is at the southern boundary of Exuma Park .. we then found the mooring balls for the Sea Aquarium Coral Garden on the north end of O'Briens Cay .. were able to see a great variety of fish and coral .. the fish swim right up to your face mask to check you out! 
 
.. as there was a large black rain cloud approaching from the south we skedaddled back to the marina .. passed over with only a smattering of rain .. as we were skimming over the flats with the dinghy we had a nice little turbo prop airplane BUZZ us at about 50 feet overhead .. WOW!
 
.. the marina filled up quickly this afternoon with several boats from FL arriving with lots of kids .. school's out for summer!   .. we picked our way up to the platform overlooking the marina (after asking the " little billy goats"  how to get up there)  to get some pics of the marina .. while standing there admiring the view we heard a large engine roar and then an explosion - someone on the dock pointed and said fire and Jamal walked out with a fire extinguisher - seems one of the electrical transformers blew so all the boaters started their generators .. had to go without internet however.
 
this evening we were again invited for cocktails by the group from Lauderdale Yacht Club  - this time on Brit's Bela ( Judy and Bill) .. earlier in the afternoon John from Loon stopped by with some fresh yellowtail they had caught so we had a nice fish dinner aboard and afterwards walked down to the Shark's dock to leave them some leftover table scraps.
Saturday June 06th
travel - Compass Cay to Staniel
 
 
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our first Slip at Staniel
 
 
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Pink Pearl
Travel - Compass Cay to Staniel Cay - (242) 355-2024  Distance - 12.2 NM
 
the rains began early this morning .. at 0400 woke up to heavy showers along with thunder and lightning .. Autumn had a rough morning with all the commotion but we ended up with not a lick of salt on Dee Light and by 0800 blue sky was already peeking through the remaining clouds .. by the time we were getting ready to leave the sun was shining brightly again
   
..said our good byes to the everyone with the promise to return soon and departed Compass at 0930 .. we arrived at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club docks at 1120 .. smooth seas all the way in .. docked and hooked up our power but then at 1400 we had to re-dock Dee Light a second time to accommodate a couple of other boats arriving .. in the meantime we took a short walk into town where we stopped in at the local Pink Pearl Supermarket and purchased a loaf of fresh-baked coconut banana bread - also stopped by the bakery for a guava tort and ordered a coconut pie for pick-up on Monday.
 
the marina here at Staniel is full of activity with boats and people coming and going all afternoon .. watched a family on the catamaran next to us snorkeling with the sharks and stingrays and the kids were having a blast .. however I don't think the "natives" are as friendly as Tucker's sharks over at Compass! .. noticed a boat with the hailing port of Cape Coral, FL ..they are from ND but have a house on a canal in Cape Coral where they keep the boat and are travelling with a couple of other boats who are from Naples, FL
 
finished the evening by walking up to the bar for a light bite and then enjoyed our dessert of guava tort on the bow of Dee Light with a cool evening breeze.
Sunday June 07th
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
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Mt Olivet Baptist Church
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Swimming Pigs
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dinner on the Bow
we had not heard from Steve and Marny ( SONG OF THE SEAS ) since they pulled out of Miami headed for Bimini on the 05th .. we were a bit concerned since we heard the Miami area received over nine inches of rain just about the time they were leaving  .. once we checked for messages on our Bahamas cell phone we were relieved to have received one from Marny saying they had arrived in Bimini safely and were headed on to Chubb Cay Sunday before heading to Nassau for fuel the next day.
as we left the boat to attend church services at the local church here on Staniel it was slightly overcast with a light rain on and off .. by the time we left the service the skies were beginning to clear again .. turned into another beautiful afternoon as we headed out for Big Majors Spot to see the swimming pigs ..
 
when we arrived at Big Majors (which is just around the point from Staniel) there were 16 boats at the anchorage and as we made our way toward the beach .. sure enough .. 3 pigs began swimming directly our way - we had saved our breakfast grapefruit rinds but these pigs seem to have a discerning palate (probably spoiled just like Autumn) and seemed to stick up their noses at our offerings! (seagulls, on the other hand,  will eat most anything)  In all we saw 5 pigs - 3 pink and 2 spotted. 
 
Later, Carol spent some time reading by the pool deck while Marv worked on some photos and website maintenance .. we decided to have a quiet dinner on the bow of Dee Light watching the colors of the sky change as the sun set.  Unfortunately, a heavy cloud cover moved in so we were not able to see the full moon rise and finally with the cool evening breezes we headed in for the night.
Monday June 08th
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club
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Miss Universe
Click above to see Staniel Cay
in Paradise Magazine
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
we found out Marv missed a real photo op yesterday.. while he was taking pictures of "Miss Piggy" on Big Majors - Miss Universe from Venezuela  was making a visit to Staniel while on a promo tour for the pageant that is to be held at Atlantis on August 23rd .. too bad!  After we looked her up on the internet Marv must have been feeling dejected because he spent most of the morning and early afternoon hunkered down in either the engine room or under the helm console working on something or other!
 
.. walked in to town to pick up the coconut pie we ordered from the bakery .. they were busy making LOTS of loaves of fresh baked bread .. Brenda packed our pie with a lovely meringue on top in a big white bakery box and we promised to return her Pyrex pie plate with some photos Marv took of her and her helper!
 
.. we made our dinner reservations along with our entree selections before 5 pm for the traditional Bahamian dinner they serve promptly at 7:30 pm at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club .. we selected the fresh catch of grouper for both of us - dinner also included soup, salad and dessert .. but saved room for a tiny piece of Brenda's pie! 
 
.. Staniel Cay Yacht Club has been the focal point for many area activities and is featured in the latest edition of Passport to Paradise magazine which you can view on-line by clicking on the cover at the left .. we picked up a couple of copies during our stay in Nassau .. beautiful photos!
Tuesday June 09th
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club
 
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snorkeling at Thunderball
 
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Club Thunderball
 
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dinner at Club Thunderball
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
 .. while enjoying coffee and catching up on some email on the aft deck Carol looked up to see a flurry of activity on the dock .. just in time to see a sport fish "whizzing by out of control" and headed directly for the bow of Dee Light!   Marv was in the engine room working on the water maker but hit the deck running when he heard the "loud thud" on the hull .. luckily they slid by us only hitting the adjoining dock piling but landed neatly against the next target which was the 48 foot Searay next to us .. fortunately the "crunch" sounded worse than the resulting damage to the hull of the Searay and no body parts were injured .. story is the captain lost the reverse throttle control as he was attempting to dock the boat .. they stayed rafted to the Searay until they were able to determine the problem and settle their nerves .. after a few beers they were able to move the boat back on one engine to their spot for the night ..
 
 .. Watermaker's Air  delivered the replacement Garmin Weather Unit sent by West Marine .. it is now hooked up and so far working fine .. Yea! - hopefully third time's the charm and it keeps working this time
 
.. after finishing up around the boat we loaded up our snorkel gear to head over to the Thunderball Grotto before dinner.. we wanted to catch low slack tide (which is the best time to snorkel the cave) .. we were just a little late as the current was starting to pick up but still it was beautiful and we enjoyed our time in the cave immensely .. fish everywhere .. even a barracuda!  .. we hope to go back before we leave.
 
.. after we returned and cleaned up we headed back over to Club Thunderball for their All-U-Can-Eat Pasta, Pizza and Salad Buffet.  while taking a few photos of the sunset a charter dive group from the S/V Morning Cloud joined us .. Marv helped them dock as the current was running fairly swiftly past the docks and they graciously bought us a drink for our help.  Also spent some time at the bar chatting with the folks from Cape Coral/ND (Tim and Monica) and Naples (Lynn and David).. they are heading to Sampson Cay in the morning so we will probably see them again .. all in all we had a great time!
 
.. after we returned from Club Thunderball it was a magnificent starry night so we sat on the bow under the candle and star light while enjoying a slice of our coconut meringue pie and coffee before calling it a night.    
Wednesday June 10th
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club
 
 
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lunch at Black Point
 
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Bitter Guana Cay
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024 
 
.. today the weather is most definitely in a summer pattern .. day dawned bright, hot and not a ripple on the water .. only the typical cumulus clouds on the horizon that sometimes drop afternoon rain showers ..
 
.. we invited the nice young honeymooners (Dan and Emily Becker) from the Minneapolis area to join us on a dinghy ride down to Lorraine's Restaurant for lunch.. the water was so flat we zipped down to Black Point (which is about 5 miles south of Staniel) in no time at all ..  spent some time walking around the settlement and visiting a local attraction called The Garden of Eden - a unique garden filled with driftwood sculptures
 
.. after lunch we stopped at the beach on Bitter Guana Cay to check out the local iguanas .. ran into a few but these looked like mostly juveniles .. also visited with Dan and Emily's cottage neighbors who were also enjoying some beach time .. and beer!
 
..moved the boat again to allow the boat docked behind us to leave and then hit the pool to cool down and relax a bit before dinner .. as we were still full from lunch we decided tonight to just relax with a drink and some conch fritters at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club bar .. after having some ice cream from the boat freezer - the entire crew (especially Autumn) of Dee Light slept soundly with no thunder or lighting or rain tonight!
Thursday June 11th
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club
  
 
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Name Board for Compass Cay
   
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where is the beef ??
  
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Infinity Pool
   
2009-06-11 - Photo Album
sunset at Staniel Cay
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
the boat that was docked directly behind us wanted to leave so we moved the boat for the third time .. we ended up right next to the Fuel Dock so we topped off our Fuel Tanks ( $260.00 ) ..
 
.. we were able to reach Steve and Marny on Song of the Seas by cell phone .. they are enjoying a couple of days at the anchorage off Highbourne Cay and we plan to meet up with them at Sampson Cay on Saturday ..
 
 after determining we had a power problem with our House Batteries we ordered four new batteries.. they were promptly delivered dockside in the morning  - so while Marv worked on swapping out the batteries Carol decided to work on putting together a sign board for when we return to Compass Cay .. both jobs were completed in no time which left plenty of time to go out in the dinghy ..
 
.. decided to head back to Big Majors Spot to see the pigs  .. at first we think they remembered our grapefruit rinds and they just ambled back to shore .. but as soon as two other boats showed up everyone had a great time .. they really seem to like the melon rinds and we brought some of Autumn hot dogs!
 
..  before going over to Thunderball Grotto we decided to explore another beach we had seen on a previous outing  .. a very protected cove with a sandbar across the middle and decided that it was our private Infinity Pool as we sat in the crystal clear waters overlooking the Atlantic Ocean just on the other side of the rocks!.. as we were heading out we literally stumbled upon a bed of sand dollars which we dug up from the sand with our toes .. Marv also found some great looking conch shells just off the beach.
 
.. as the tide was now pretty slack we headed back to Thunderball .. and it was even better than before! .. talked with a young lady from the M/Y Paradox .. they bring their family over to the islands every summer  and she tells us her kids think it's better than Disney World where they have been several times!
 
.. finished the evening with a dinner aboard of Grouper Caesar salad (picked up some fresh Romaine while at Black Point) and after watching a spectacular sunset we wandered up to the bar for some of their great key lime pie for dessert.
Friday June 12th
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club
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RPYC Burgee at SCYC
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our "Infinity Pool"
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shelling at our "Infinity Pool"
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
Autumn did not like the electrical / thunderstorms that we had during the night .. someone once told us that a rainy day in the Exumas is better than any day anywhere else .. well today we put it to the test .. we enjoyed a lazy day around the boat in the morning but by 2 pm the skies had cleared once more and the sun was back out .. got a new neighbor on the dock .. the boat Goodtimes .. a 1969 83 foot classic Burger which charters out of Nassau ..
 
.. since it turned into such a beautiful afternoon we decided to head back to our "Infinity Pool" in the late afternoon for some shelling and swimming and spent quite a bit of our time digging up more Sanddollars in the sugar soft sand .. this afternoon the weather was probably the best we have had and it ended up being  the most spectacular day yet .. even took the dinghy out on the Atlantic side for some photos of the island in the late afternoon sun .. reluctantly we headed back to the marina and stowed the dinghy up onto the bow of Dee Light
 
 .. back at the docks we met a family from Colorado - have 3 sons aboard and the youngest is in his last year of high school - they keep the boat in Vero Beach and and this is their second trip to the Bahamas .. spent some time taking with them about their trip and then went up to the bar for some Broccoli cream soup and grouper fingers .. yum! .. all was topped off with yes Ice Cream ..
Saturday June 13th
Travel - Staniel to Sampson
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SONG OF THE SEAS
 
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Carol and Marny
 
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Steve and Marny
SONG OF THE SEAS
Travel - Staniel Cay Yacht Club to Sampson Cay Club - 14.6 Nautical Miles
 
.. at 0900 we were ready to leave Staniel but check out time at Sampson Cay is not until noon so we relaxed on the aft deck with our coffee .. we had a very short run (about an hour) and also needed to wait for the boat docked in front of Dee Light to move so we could get out of our slip .. the owner was headed to the airport to pick up his girlfriend who was flying over with his two dogs and some guests for the weekend ..while we were waiting we were entertained by the photographer shooting while hanging out the door of the Sandals helicopter .. finally at 1100 everyone was back and we were ready to depart .. we arrived at Sampson a short time later ..
 
.. got tied up and registered at the office just in time to receive a radio call from Steve and Marny on SONG OF THE SEAS .. they arrived and were docked by 1300 ..
 
.. we launched the dinghies and took a short ride to the shallow sandbar area just off the marina to enjoy the water and afternoon sun .. and catch up with the news of Steve and Marny's trip.. ended up at the Saturday afternoon Beach Party hosted by Sampson but by the time we finished a couple of rum punches and some conch salad they had run out of chicken and ribs .. oh well - we just decided to clean up and then headed to the bar for an assortment of "bar munchies"  - conch fritters, wings, and onion rings ..
 
.. before going up for a bite to eat John and Ivette on Lady Fishswizzle out of Miami stopped by to say hello and  gave us a lot of great information and contacts about cruising the islands south of here .. look forward to planning the next leg of our voyage ..
 
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