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Final Offshore leg to the Bahamas.

 ** Video, at the bottom of post **

The guys getting some shut eye.

The Ken Bruce & Archie Parma getting some shut eye.

We were only 380nm to Little San Salvador Island. The winds were predicted to subside a little bit and possibly to almost a dead calm. If this was to happen, we would end up running the engine for a day or two, until the wind fills in again. We wanted to conserve some fuel if this was to happen, so we ran the generator today to charge the batteries rather than using the engine. We ended up not needing to run the motor, the wind kept up, and even increased, we sailed the front all the way to the Bahamas. In the end we only used about 60 litres or about 15 gallons of fuel, and about 1/4 of the water we hold during the whole delivery. Hey you can’t shower in these conditions! We did clean up a few times!

SPOT CONNECT Messenger. – BD 380 kn to Salvador running genset save fuel.”

http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=Eg5Ug/30.59284N/73.98764W

 

SPOT CONNECT Messenger. – “All is OK, Crew, Boat, But Weather is heavy 20+ knots, waves 10 feet+

Just completed a 200nm / 370km day in 24 hours.

SPOT CONNECT Messenger. – “Just completed 200 kn or 370km in 24 hours

http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=EglkJ/27.80393N/74.50824W

We are averaging 8.5 knots, surfing 10-15 knots today, on the whole delivery we averaged about 7 knots. This is very typical for my boat on my offshore passages. My record daily distance record is 250nm / 450km in one 24 hour day. Not bad for a sail boat ehh!

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At dusk.

 

SPOT CONNECT Messenger. – “Land Fall in the morning – Lord willing.

http://www.findmespot.com/mylocation/?id=Eh936/26.43156N/75.10962W

 

Here is a note, written by Roxanne to the wives of the crew, updating them on the trip to this point….

Hi All,

I spoke to Ed earlier this evening (Thurs, On Sat Phone), and Black Diamond was approximately 80 miles from Little San Salvador (aka Half Moon Cay). They were surfing down waves in 25-30 kts of wind. With a double reef in, they are trying to slow down slightly, in order to ensure they arrive at the anchorage after sunrise.

They will wait for Fortune’s Favour to arrive (approx. 9PM?), then after a couple hours of rest, Ed and Paul have agreed that it would be best to leave for George Town, late Friday evening. The plan is to arrive in George Town, Saturday, during daylight as navigation into Elizabeth Harbour is tricky.

Roxanne

 

A little fishing before land fall at Little San Salvador aka Half Moon Cay!

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Archie, Deep Sea fishing, 5,000 feet deep!

As we neared Little San Salvador in the morning before land fall, it was a beautiful day, and the wind was perfect. We were sailing with a single reef in the main, doing about 6 knots of boat speed. Archie, threw out the fishing rod, and immediately hooked on a fish. We did not want to slow down as we were eager for land fall after a week at sea. He was fighting a large Mahi Mahi, but at 6 knots we lost it. You need to slow right down, and even back down on it, not something we can do with sails up. Archie tried again, and immediately got another bite, we saw the Mahi fighting back and jumping. Lost it too! After the third cast, three bites, three lost fish and two lost lures, we decided to give up. Later I found out that this is probably the Bahamas’ best fishing spot! The edge of the Ocean with a large drop in depth from 50 feet to over 5,000 feet. I now wish, we had stopped the boat, and did some fishing!

Deep Blue Ocean, but actually in real life looks Deep Purple!

Deep Blue Ocean, but actually in real life looks Deep Purple!

 

This is a shot of a Mahi Mahi caught on a previous trip on Black Diamond.

http://www.sailboatcruise.ca/2009/02/01/highborne-cay-exumas-bahamas/

** Video **Link of a Mahi hauled in by Archie, delivery of Sea Light, From BVI to NYC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vNc-3llqqc&list=TLesBG0o7gbOZoT3oFoptki-CwoqEnEO9X

Mahi Mahi caught on Black Diamond.

Mahi Mahi caught on Black Diamond.

 

 

 

 

 

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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