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Athol Islands, Green Cay, Near Nassau

There are hundreds of islands like this to explorer in the Bahamas.

There are hundreds of islands like this to explorer in the Bahamas.

December 21-22nd

After leaving Atlantis, Sorin, Adriana, and our family sailed past the Attol Islands just north east of Paradise Island, and sailed to Green Cay. We choose this island, because it looked like it had an amazing beach. The picture above is an island we sailed past along the way. The conditions were excellent, wonderful sailing, and a beautiful sunny day as you can see. Sorin and Adriana got a little sea sick. The wave action is still a little heavier than you might experience on a day like this back home on Lake Ontario. After all this is winter in the Bahamas.

 

Black Diamond, anchored just out side of Green Cay.

Black Diamond, anchored just out side of Green Cay.

 

Thomas building a sand castle. Did you know he wants to be an architect?

Thomas building a sand castle. Did you know he wants to be an architect?

And Alex trying to figure out how he can cause some trouble.

And Alex trying to figure out how he can cause some trouble.

When we arrived on the Island, Adriana, Roxane and kids explored the island and built sand castles, while Sorin and I went snuba diving. I am a certified Open water diver, but what I keep on board is a snuba system right now. It is basically a cross between Scuba and Snorkeling. You don’t have to be a certified diver to use it, so its great for kids or guests. You have a mouth piece exactly the same as scuba. But, rather than an air tank, there is gasoline compressor that remains on the surface, and pumps pressurized air down a 40 foot hose. It is very easy and natural to breath through it, and very similar to scuba. The compressor is a 4 hp Honda, which floats on a tube, and follows you along as you swim under the water. With a liter of fuel you can snuba for about 2 hours. As long as you have gasoline there is an unlimited supply of air, no need to look for places to fill your tanks.

 

These sand dollars are actually about 3 inches wide, and the Queen Conch is almost a foot.

These sand dollars are actually about 3 inches wide, and the Queen Conch is almost a foot.

 

Here is a shot in my hands to give you some perspective.

Here is a shot in my hands to give you some perspective.

I found a very rare Queen Conch, apparently worth $250 at the cruise ship terminal, where they are sold to tourists. Roxane made me throw it back because you can’t eat it, it might be poisons.

Then we headed back in the dark, navigating through the rocks, cuts and small islands back to Nassau. We used the chart plotter, depth sounder, radar, paper charts, and visual sight all at once to make sure we don’t hit any reefs, rocks or islands. Sorin stated he now appreciates the responsibility of skippering around here. He said you must be brave and crazy at the same time.

We spent the night at anchor in the channel between Nassau and Paradise island. This would ensure that they do not miss their flight back to Toronto. We had a nice dinner the night before on the boat, and gave them a dinghy ride to shore in the morning and escorted them to the taxi for the airport.

 

Sorin, Adriana and the kids. Thomas proudly wears his PCYC learn to sail shirt!

Sorin, Adriana and the kids. Thomas proudly wears his PCYC learn to sail shirt!

 

Dinghy to the main land.

Dinghy to the main land.

And off to the airport.

And off to the airport.

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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