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Staniel Cay, Exumas – New Years!

December 31st, 2008 – New Years Eve Bash at Staniel Cay Yacht Club!

The place to be for New Years in the Exumas!

The place to be for New Years in the Exumas!

The island has a population of only about a 100 people. Staniel Cay Yacht Club and the air strip on this island are owned and operated by the Water Makers company. They provide water making equipment and consumables for many of the islands. This is  good business to be in where you have hundreds of islands having to make their own water. Water is in much demand as fuel in these parts. They also operate flights from the island to Florida a few times per week. It is the quickest and most direct way to flight to Florida for about $260 per person.

New Friends Kim, Duane, Gayle, Scott with Roxane and Ed! From the boats, Zola and Priority.

New Friends Kim, Duane, Gayle, Scott with Roxane and Ed! From the boats, Zola and Priority.

We met some good friends here, Kim and Duane aboard Zola, thier blog can be viewed at www.dkmillar.com They are newlyweds honey mooning for 6 months! Hey that’s longer than some marriages last these days. We were looking for crew for the annual New Years day regatta, and invite them to join us. Gayle and Scott are aboard Priority with their two boys Dakota and Declan. We sailed by each other in Marsh Harbour and noticed we both had young boys aboard. We had an chance to finally meet here at Staniel Cay, their family also joined us for the Regatta, more on that later. New Years Eve we had dinner on our boat Black Diamond, and consumed large amounts of Mahi Mahi that I caught the day before.

Gayle & Roxane.

Gayle & Roxane.

Then of course we had to join the festivities just a hundred feet from our boat slip. The party on the pier and in front of the club house went on for hours past mid-night. The grand finally was a rather professional fire works display. As a sailor, I could not think of a better way to ring in the New Year, but enjoying a party at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in the Bahamas.

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On thier 6 month Honey Moon dancing it up, Duane & Kim.

Scott and Gayle live aboard on their boat Priority.

Scott and Gayle live aboard on their boat Priority.

The bar at Staniel Cay Yacht Club always a busy place.

The bar at Staniel Cay Yacht Club always a busy place.

New Year's Eve Party Queens.

New Year’s Eve Party Queens.

Late night revelers.

Late night revelers.

Now you know where Captain High Liner retired to...

Now you know where Captain High Liner retired to…

Staniel Cay Yacht Club main dock and club house.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club main dock and club house. Notice Thomas right front and center.

This harbour has a few sand sharks living here under the docks. They are harmless, they are mostly bottom feeders that eat what ever they can find.

Cottages available for rent.

Cottages available for rent.

These lovely cottages overlooking the water can be rented from the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, and you also have full use of the facilities and pool. We spend an afternoon by the pool with our new friends. I spent most of the afternoon hosing the boat down, filling the water tanks, fueling up and trying to fix an electrical problem, that turned out to simply be a blown fuse at the dock.

Beautiful Gardening through out this island.

Beautiful Gardening through out this island.

More Cottages available for rent.

More Cottages available for rent.

Small Swimming pool is available for yachters and cottage renters.

Small Swimming pool is available for yachters and cottage renters.

Sunset view from the cottages and the back of your boat.

Sunset view from the cottages and the back of your boat.

The kids also got invited to a kids party on the island.

The kids also got invited to a kids party on the island.

We explored most of the island by foot, walked to one end of the island where the kids were invited to a children’s party that was held by some local Church members. Some kids even rhymed off versus they learned. There was a little dog that followed us all over town, Alexander loved that. We bought a few supplies at the local store and then got a ride by golf cart to the Thunderball Restaurant that is on the site of where the James Bond movie by the same name was filmed. The food is really good, it is worth the visit. Just call them on the VHF they will pick you up with their golf cart. Also if you are into Scuba or Snorkeling you might want to go visit the caves the movie was filmed in. Just watch out for the lion fish, they are poisonous. They are not native to the area, but actually escaped from the Atlantis Resort Aquariums and have multiplied since.

Doggie is driving us to Thunderball Restaurant.

Doggie is driving us to The Thunderball Restaurant on his Golf Cart.

 

Golf carts are the normal mode of transportation in the Bahamas.

Golf carts are the normal mode of transportation in the Bahamas.

 

 

View from the Thunderball Restaurant, this is where one of the James Bond 007 Movies was filmed.

View from the Thunderball Restaurant, this is where one of the James Bond 007 Movies was filmed.

On the Terrace on the Thunderball Restaurant. Alex with an old fishing boat.

On the Terrace on the Thunderball Restaurant. Alex with an old fishing boat.

Another view from Thunderball, look towards the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

Another view from Thunderball, a look at their docks and towards the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

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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