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Thomas loving the Abacos!

Florida to the little Bahama Bank.

Today I went across the ATLANTIC OCEAN! So we can go to a place called Little Bahama Bank! So it took us more than 10 hours to go there. I know this because, in the middle of the Ocean my dad told me so, I was sleeping for most of it. Then my dad said we are here. But, I think he is confused because I looked around, and I did not see any land. But the colour of the Ocean changed from dark blue & purple to a light blue. He said we are in the Bahamas waters now, but still need another 5 hours to get to the closest land. So I got use to counting hours.

Au jour’ hui, je suis aller a un plase so nome est putie Bahama Bank. Oui le nome est pas Bahama parce que, je suis est arreter a Bahamas pas au jour hi. Je suis peche a un ligne a peche de! Cuba!

Thomas loves relaxing in the Hammock.

Thomas loves relaxing in the Hammock.

Thomas snorkeling, we will also Snuba Dive.

Thomas snorkeling, we will also Snuba Dive.

I found this really cool beach.

I found this really cool beach.

The Beach of Spanish Cay!

We arrived in a marina on an island called Spanish Cay. Cay is pronounced Key, or in Canada and in French Quay!

We heard about the beach which I was very happy about. It took us a week to get here from Jacksonville Florida where we got off the plane. So we rented a golf cart! This is what we did… We went to the beach of course. We took pictures and videos that you may see here. But my dad and I went snorkeling, saw sand dollars, and sting rays, a conch shell with a living animal inside. It was very fun!

My brother and I found this Conch.

My brother and I found this Conch.

P.S. I am still making comic books for school. I made two new ones. Book I and Book X pac mac comic. Stay tuned, because we will try to update it fast. Just so you know I finished reading 7 novels so far. My parents had to buy me more. Four in Florida and 2 more in Marsh Harbour Bahamas. Please make comments for my blog. I love taking time off from my trip to answer them. Comments might not come up right after you write them, because my dad has to approve them.But I am sure as soon as we see them, we will approve them. We don’t have internet everywhere here.

I am having a great time!

Au jour hui je suis aller a le Spanish Cay (Quay).

In the Hammock while sailing, then I swing into the Ocean.

In the Hammock while sailing, then I swing into the Ocean.

Decorated the boat with a Christmas Tree.

Decorated the boat with a Christmas Tree.

Bahamas Santa.

Bahamas Santa.

Me and my brother with the Motorcycle police.

Me and my brother with the Motorcycle police.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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5 Responses

  1. Jaden says:

    hi Thomas
    Here we are enjoying lots of snow and snowball fights. Today is the first day of vacation for us.
    Joyeux Noël, et bonnes vacances. A bientot de te revoir. J’espere que tu auras de bons cadeaux. J’aime beaucoup tes photos de Bahamas.
    A bientot de Jaden

  2. Paton Dorval says:

    loved your hammock & cool police bikes. See you when you get back. Paton

  3. Ethel and Bob Thayer says:

    Hi Thomas,

    Your blog is very interesting! It sounds as if you are having a great adventure in the sunny south. The photos are terrific and you look like you are having a wonderful time.

    It has been raining for a couple of days and most of the snow is gone but we did have a beautiful white Christmas, the snow is coming again tomorrow so we are back to skiing and shoveling.

    Bon chance en toutes votre voyages. J’espere que votre visite au Nassau est merveilleux.

    Big hugs,

    Ethel

  4. phyllis day says:

    Hi, Thomas. I finally took some time to follow your adventures! You have sure been having lots of them. I think I like the beach pictures the best because it has been cold & snowy here (except for 2 days of rain!), and it’s nice to see somewhere warm & sunny. See you soon in Sunday School.

    Love,
    Mrs. Day

  5. George Jacobson says:

    Great pictures. Wish I was there with you

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