skirting the reefs deep sea fishing and snorkeling.
Yep, we are catching lots of Mackerel, Tuna, Grouper and
some Dolphin fish, great food on the barbeque
at night in the anchorages.
has been a destination 25 years now, a great place for a 3-5 day
Sailing out of Islamorada
with some fine beaches, snorkeling and diving. We just past by there a few
ago, spend the morning in Honeymoon harbor, one of the most incredile beaches
in the world, we where the only people there. quite magic, quite unbelievable
Sunday morning just a few hours from Miami.
Memorial day weekend we went to Bimini with 7
divers, the visibility was great,
Shark valley with
We spend one night anchored behind a small Island and the
second night we visited
Alice town on N. Bimini.
We are laying in Georgetown
Harbor a busy cruising destination in the winter month,
however in this
period, the stormy season, there are only a few yachts in
so we are enjoying the solitude and the still warm waters. Georgetown
is in the very
south of the Exuma Island chain
in the Bahamas, a chain of some 365 islands they say,
everyone with at least
one incredible beach.
Georgetown is also a good place to weather the
We finished a trip thru the chain with
Bobby and Lizzy a "cool" couple from New Orleans,
they came to join us
for some of the most fantastic sailing, snorkeling and
beachcombing of the century. And of course we cooked us up some of the finest
cuisine this side of the Mississippi.
We left Nassau some time ago and
stopped in the Allen Cays the first night,
a small chain that has Iguanas
on the beaches, an immaculate place found with
no equal anywhere in the
universe. I mean if you where cruising the furthest
reaches of the
Universe, coming to the Exumas would be why you would want
to create an
earth, and so it
was, and here we
are.. It just took a few
million years to
together. I worked on it myself quite a few years, and
putting all the
pieces together to be able to come to an area like this took
also a long time.
and its components is just one incredible piece
of ocean going equipment.
We stopped at 14 different islands in an 11
day span, every one more exiting
then the other. We swam in the worlds grandest
aquarium, and roasted our
buns on the beaches.
day in November
In mean time it is blowing 30 knots out
there and the wind is howling in the rig.
We are safely tucked into a small hole
and it is quite cozy downstairs.
China just cooked some of the best gourmet
We have been doing this ritual here now for
20 years, and have been having
We are getting to know these islands pretty
We hope to see you there. to join us for the
trip of a lifetime.
After another summer of great sailing, we made a dive
to Bimini and shortly there after our yearly pilgrimage to the Exumas further
We snorkeled Thunderball Cave imitating James Bond's under water adventure
Shroud cay the scene of the Humphry Bogart movie "The African Queen"
became our next stop for some great body surfing in a tidal rush, exhausting
ourselves and landing on some of the finest beaches.
Again we found no other boats in the area during this time and our sense of
privacy was complete.
Camp driftwood high up a coral ridge there provides a view point on the
incredible blue and turquoise color waters as no other place in the world.
This is the place from where the CIA and DEA in the 80th stalked one of
largest drug operations on a neighbouring Island photographing the
ID numbers of
the aircraft carrying the goodies, for later identification
Thanksgiving found us with an invitation to
help deliver the Scorpio 72'
"Wildflower" to the Caribbean. Wildflower just finished after 3 years
the yard for a complete refurbishing now was ready for sea-trials, and
trials they where. We got presented with just about every occasion
to fix and
remedy things on this 1800 mile odessea. We anchored in the
Berry Islands Bahamas
for rest and repairs then on skirting by Eleuthera
with a visit to
first supposed landing place of Columbus, then
5 days out into the Atlantic and on thru the Virgin passage
Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands on to St. Croix for Fuel. One week
in English Harbor a yachting icon in Antigua for the Charter Boat Show.
Then on by Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent to
Bequia and the Grenadines topping of our experience in the Tobago's chain
anchoring in what must be one the most sought after spots in any sailing world.
I felt like we had climbed the Mt. Everest of sailing and landed in heaven.
West End British Virgin Islands the night before
left for the
Azores Island group of of Portugal total nonstop miles 2,400.
Here we are, right here in the now, always
What we are having here is a continuous experience
of life at sea shared with all the different personalities that come
and what characters they are, the faces of a humanity so rich so
varied, all of us
exploding into the future together, all as one, all there and
then, all now.
On top the waves made so grand, the sails spread like wings,
And so we sailed to
Roatan Honduras and Belize
this 2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-winter, trips that had been 30 years in the planning and getting
the pieces together. These trips are from Key West direct to Roatan, 650 miles
4 or 5 days offshore thru the night.
Acquired a new home base in Calabash bight Roatan
more about this later.
Gulf of Honduras Dutch Love's playground and area
of choice to celebrate the 2012 changing of time from accelerating to
decelerating, from more stress to less. From warring to peace.
From Fossil consciousness to sun consciousness. Think about it, there can be no
life without the sun, no thing.
Maya pyramid map, holy grounds in 2012
our new dock in Calabash bight Roatan
view from the top out he entrance of the bight
places to go
September 2004 brought us some 4 hurricanes on
very short order and heralded the end of a 10 year period
where we could go the Bahamas in the fall.
some of the spots
we took Dutch Love to hide from the potential strong winds.
The first storm Hurricane Charles we found
this lone and peaceful spot and it remained this way thru out the
Let the dance begin
For Hurricane Ivan we avoided to the Grand
Bahama Bank behind some small Cay, we had a wild night getting there, but
again we enjoyed beautiful weather and sailed back to Key West a few days
Another one of Ivan's guests in the Bahamas.
here they came,
Dennis, Katrina, Rita,
Wilma, every one of these
wanted a dancecard for at least a week of preparations, preparations and
some more preparations, only to then put it all back together to go to sea.
But what fun it was to get out all the gear, ropes, chain, shackles and
shaffing gear to protect the ropes from getting cut where they leave the
2006 Just one small storm.
like most storms where in the Pacific this year, we got Noel roared up the
waters are rising however, great opportunity for future waterfront property
Please consult Al Gore's book "Inconvenient Truth" for
2008 We are here
now, Fay, made us go in a hurricane hole, Gustaf glanced by with
knots here in the neighborhood, before crashing into Louisiana then there
is Hanna, Ike,
barreling down the Atlantic keeping us wondering witch on will come and hand
us a dance
Ike, found us holed in our well protected
basin, hooked up with almost 200' of 7/8th line to
pound danfors anchor with some 30' of 3/8 chain laid out to the NE, then
200' of 1'' line tied to
mangrove tree trunk with a bit of chain to the ESE, giving me 2 very strong
protection from the E from where I expected the strongest wind would be
coming from, then for
tail end of the storm a 100' of 3/8 chain to an 88 pound Delta giving
protection from the S,
120' 3/4 line tied to the other side of the basin to keep us out of the
mangroves in case the
wind would shift some more to the West.
basin is barely 5'6" deep at high tide, so "Dutch Love" sits aground between
the tides, and then
to her new facing the wind direction every 3 or 4 hours when she comes to
way she does not swing much because of the multiple lines all coming off the
dances from one to the other never putting to much strain on either.
storm passed closer I would have run 2 more lines to wind ward into
the mangroves, and
that I think we would have been ready to face a category 4 storm, just a
matter of deciding
on board then or not, may need to start drinking some strong brew then to
make it thru
dark part of the night. As it was we probably had winds in the 60th last
night with maybe
stronger gusts during the squalls, of witch most of them seemed to be
passing right over this area.
It takes at least a couple of days to rig and prepare the boat for such a
storm, then along with
low for a few days during the storm it all in all will take 7 to 8 days
before things are back
normal, but with hurricane Gustaf, Hanna and Ike here
back to back it seems like I have been
for some 2 weeks already, that with just 1 week trip squeezed between Fay
Welcome to the world of a warming ocean.
Dear Lord please let me know if there anything I can do to
make things better.
Here is the answer already:
Stop the motors and lets go sailing.