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ADDITIONS TO THE BLOG as of April 2017: Shamal and her Crew being Mum and Dad are in the Cayman Islands * Should you want to contact us, you can do so by clicking on the Contact Us tab below. * PLEASE subscribe to the Blog, so that new posts are emailed to your inbox.



20 April 2017

Cuba To The Cayman Islands

Farewell Cuba - Cayo Largo

Welcome Back

 Thursday 9th March was our last morning in Cayo Largo Cuba.  We had to move SHAMAL from our anchorage and take her into the marina to complete checkout procedures.   I go to raise the anchor with the foot control button, but nothing happens, it has stopped working !!  Thank goodness Alec is able to do it from the helm.  Another job to add to the work sheet !!!   First we had to go ashore and hand in paperwork to the Guarda Frontera.  Then it was back to SHAMAL to wait for the visit from more officials along with an over exuberant sniffer dog.  On our hike back down the dock we run into a New Zealand couple, from the Marlborough Sounds, who are crew on an American boat.  They have just arrived back in Cuba after a visit to Grand Cayman Island.  Their intention was to continue on down to Panama, but having not visited as much of Cuba as they would have liked to, they have returned.  We still have a little of the local currency left so head to the restaurant for a coffee to be told sorry, the machine does not work.  We settle for a cold lemon drink. 
 

20 March 2017

Bye Bahamas, Hello Cuba


Hello Again

 

This is a long posting, so get out your drinks and a snack.  We hope you enjoy following our travels here.  We certainly enjoyed this new destination.

 

Monday 30th January 2017

 

As I start this posting we are sitting in Elizabeth Harbour, George Town, Great Exuma Island, Bahamas.  It is nearly time for departure and to say farewell to the Bahamas.  I think what will stand out about the cruising in this area, are the colours.  Beautiful cobalt blue and turquoise waters which never get too rough over the shallows as you are protected by reefs and cays.  Sparkling white sandbars that appear and disappear with the tide. Beautiful waters for swimming and fishing, and, endless cays for exploring.
 


George Town, Great Exuma

We are waiting on the delivery of a sim card for our Iridium Go Satphone which we ordered last week (Friday) from Florida.  They told us it would be sent by fast post that very day, BUT, this morning (Monday) we received an email saying they had not yet sent it due to a muddle in the address.  That is a load of rubbish as we have only one address to send it to here which was given to them in full.   We REALLY want/need  this card as this is our communication link with the outside world, especially for weather, once we leave here.  If it does not arrive we will just have to be like sailors of old times and read the sky’s I suppose !!!!
 

30 January 2017

The Abacos and Beyond


Hello Once Again

 
Lynyard Cay


Beach Combing Lynyard Cay

Tuesday 15th December.  Marks new crew member, Sally, arrived yesterday.  We have done the laundry and stocked up at the supermarket.  Our phone has been topped up so we can down load weather reports and keep in contact with the family, and, for Alec - the news of the world, so we are ready to leave Marsh Harbour.  It has been nice to have a break, but we are ready to move on.  We up anchor and head for the fuel dock as that is our last job.  By mid-day we are sailing out of the harbour in light winds of 10kts.  It is warm and sunny with a temperature of 28 deg.c.  By 1600 we have sailed 23nm in a southerly direction and dropped anchor mid-way down Lynyard Cay on its western shore.  There are private homes here, but one can go ashore and walk to the Atlantic coast.  The following day we explore the area in our tenders and go ashore and walk to the Atlantic coast side and do some beach combing.  Mark catches crayfish, so we are invited to his boat for dinner – yummy.  Next day we up anchor and motor the 2nm down to Little Harbour.  This is the southernmost  point where one stays inside the reef and cays before heading out through the cut and into the Atlantic to continue heading down Great Abaco Island.