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Land Fall in Little San Salvador, Bahamas.

Chart Plotter of Little San Salvador

Chart Plotter of Little San Salvador, Large Triangle is a Cruise Ship.

AKA Half Moon Cay

AKA Half Moon Cay

San Salvador / My Salvation!

San Salvador / My Salvation!

After over 1,200 nautical miles and over 2,000 km from NYC, 6.5 days on the Atlantic Ocean, 300nm / 500km offshore at one point, we made it to the Bahamas. We consumed less than 1/2 of our fuel, 50 litres / 15 gallons, 1/4 of our water 100 litres / 25 gallons. No one was hurt, very little minor damages sustained. I’d say better than par for the course.

Swimming with Cruise Ship.

Swimming with Cruise Ship.

We can now start to enjoy the crystal clear waters of this amazing boaters play ground. Little San Salvador, nestled between Cat Cay and Eleuthera Island was one of the islands considered to be the place that Christopher Columbus first set foot on North American firma Terra. Now owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines and renamed Half Moon Cay, it is a stop this cruise ship line makes regularly.

There are staff and an Island manager, you can hail them on channel 9 or 13, and ask permission to come ashore. They are friendly to yachtsmen of all varieties. They ask you anchor to the north west part of the beach, so as to leave lots of room for the cruise ships when they anchor. They have turned it into a touristic amusement park, not what you normally find in the Bahamas, but for us, we are just happy to set foot on firm ground! It is set up for the all inclusive cruise ship cruisers, not our variety. So there are bars and restaurants themed after pirates and Christopher Columbus. There is no cash exchanged on the island, it is all part of your Norwegian Cruise line package, so they did not want us partaking in the plunder. When we arrived there was already a cruise ship anchored, and thousands of guests on the beach and enjoying various water sports, banana boat rides, water skiing, glass bottom boat, etc, etc…

The island manager said, we can come ashore at 3PM. We arrived and anchored at about 11 am, this gave us time, to have a nice swim off the back of the boat, have a BBQ lunch and set up the dinghy for our true land fall.

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Blk Diamond anchored in the sun set.

Blk Diamond anchored in the sun set.

After a lovely day at the beach we were guided back to the mother ship by a dolphin, so surreal. We chilled on the boat, had some dinner, while we wait for Fortune’s favour to catch up. They arrived about 10pm, we lifted anchor and sailed overnight to Georgetown in Exumas. We arrived just after sun rise. It was a heavy sail, lots of winds, large swells, and a very large rain fall. At least the boat is clean now from the salt. We anchored just outside of town and readying to go see the customs office.

 

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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1 Response

  1. Artem says:

    HI Captain,
    Congratulations !!!!
    Very glad to see these pictures knowing that you made it
    Have a good time bad boys and girls , while i’m working hard now in damn office 😉
    Artem

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