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Highborne Cay, Exumas

 

Mahi Mahi, almost 4 feet long and about 40lbs!

– (c) Copyright 2008 –  Mahi Mahi, almost 4 feet long, about 30lbs! Caught south of Highborne Cay on the Ocean side about 2 miles offshore.-

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Notice the sign, $5 per bag of garbage, over 2 bags $25 each. – (c) Copyright 2008

December 28th, 29th and 30th, 2008

After a couple days of anchoring and with the winds picking up to over 25 knots, we just wanted to relax in a marina at a slip. We found ourselves at this beautiful little island called, “Highborne Cay” The population of the island is just 14 people, most of who work at the marina. The grounds are beautiful, just like a resort but more natural. We explored 3 or 4 beaches the island had to offer. The whole island is accessible by walking, there are a couple of roads for the golf carts which are the main mode of transportation.

Highborne Cay Marina

Highborne Cay Marina – (c) Copyright 2008

Looking down from the dock, this little beach is at the end of our slip.

Looking down from the dock, this little beach is at the end of our slip. – (c) Copyright 2008

This little arrangement is made from all the fishing debris that washes ashore.

This little arrangement is made from all the fishermen’s debris that washes ashore. – (c) Copyright 2008

Just below this fish cleaning station, you'll find 4-5 sand sharks waiting for a meal.

Just below this fish cleaning station, you’ll find 4-5 sand sharks waiting for a meal. – (c) Copyright 2008

A wonderful view from the beach right at the marina.

A wonderful view from the beach right at the marina. – (c) Copyright 2008

Relaxing in the hammocks.

Relaxing in the hammocks. – (c) Copyright 2008

Local homes on the island.

Local homes on the island. – (c) Copyright 2008

While we were at the marina I washed down the boat from the salt. I try to do this every time we pull into a marina. Water is expensive in the Exumas, 50 cents USD per gallon. The 3 days we spent at Highborne cost us over $250 in water, more than we spent on the slip fees. My fault however, I soon learned not to wash the boat with the hose, but rather use a bucket with a wash cloth, much more efficient!

Thomas doing summersaults at the beach.

Thomas doing summersaults at the beach. – (c) Copyright 2008

Notice the waves on the windward side of the island.

Notice the waves on the windward side of the island. – (c) Copyright 2008

Thomas has become a real Micheal Jackson fan.

Thomas has become a real Michael Jackson fan. – (c) Copyright 2008

Just taking a break.

Just taking a break. – (c) Copyright 2008

One of the beaches as the tide goes out, turns into a sand dune.

One of the beaches as the tide goes out, turns into a sand dune. – (c) Copyright 2008

The sun goes down, and the tides go out, what a view.

The sun goes down, and the tides go out, what a view. – (c) Copyright 2008

We met many interesting people at this marina. One evening we hung out with a few other boaters. We met a nice family from Montreal, on their boat, “Private Island” a 59 foot power yacht, and another couple of guys who were delivering a boat to the Turks and Caicos. We got a tour of each others boats, and exchanged notes on our travels. “Private Island” spent $12,000 on fuel for his trip down from New York to Florida. He laughed when I told him that we spent about $100 on the same trip.

Stop signs in the Bahamas.

Stop signs in the Bahamas. – (c) Copyright 2008

It's hard to get a speed ticket without a car or a police officer to give you one.

It’s hard to get a speed ticket without a car or a police officer to give you one. – (c) Copyright 2008

Alexander got pretty good at collecting conch himself.

Alexander got pretty good at collecting baby conch. – (c) Copyright 2008

Thomas and Alexander also met a boy named Byron, who lives on island. We went to the beach and snorkeled with Byron, found a soldier crab and some more conch.  Snorkeling in this area you will find a variety of marina life on the reefs; coral, tropical fish, conch, lobster, sting rays, barracuda and the occasional shark. Thomas also met a few other boys from other boats, and they quickly became good friends. Watching movies on each others boats, and chatting it up like old pals. They were all sad when we had to push on to our next port.

Some friends Thomas met and hung out with.

Some friends Thomas met and hung out with. – (c) Copyright 2008

Byron and the boys snorkeling.

Byron and the boys snorkeling. – (c) Copyright 2008

Soldier Crab we found, he invades a shell and takes it over.

Soldier Crab we found, he invades a shell and takes it over. – (c) Copyright 2008

Walking back after a long day at the beach.

Walking back after a long day at the beach. – (c) Copyright 2008

Highborne Cay was all decorated for Christmas, and Black Diamond's Blue lights spreader lights fit right in.

Highborne Cay was all decorated for Christmas, and Black Diamond’s Blue spreader lights fit right in. – (c) Copyright 2008

Notice the two little heads just floating in the water beside the boat. These are two delivery Captains we met. They decided to go for a swim with the sand sharks of the Marina in the middle of the night. Apparently the sand sharks are harmless, but you won’t see me trying this real soon.

These are the two nuts, swimming with the sharks at night.

These are the two nuts, swimming with the sand sharks at night. – (c) Copyright 2008

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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4 Responses

  1. Ethel and Bob Thayer says:

    Hi Radonic Family,

    Thanks for all the updates and great photos. We love reading about all your adventures and hope to see you before you return to Black Diamond for the March Break. If that is not possible, Enjoy your family vacation and come home safely.

    Hugs,

    Ethel and Bob

  2. jamie says:

    $4000 for some lights WOW thats a lot of cash. I paid £8000 (UK Pounds sterling) for my circumnavigating yacht.
    Your boat looks great as does your website:)
    Cheers Jamie

  3. Tony says:

    Looks like you’re having a fine time. Loved the photos. My daughter and son-in-law are currently in your area in their ketch “Temptress”. Last word from them, they were headed for Allan’s Cay or Highborne Cay. Enjoy you trip and stay safe.

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