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Conch Salad

 

Here is everything you need to know about making Conch Salad,

and then how to feed the Sting Ray after wards..

 

In Elizabeth Harbour, you will find Georgetown at the main land, and stocking island, the protects the harbour from the Exuma Sound, which is pretty much the Ocean if you ask me. Stocking Island is the home to the famous Chat ‘n Chill Beach, and where AJ claimed his stake in his own Conch Salad Bar  stand on the beach. Almost each morning he will personally go conch hunting in his secret locations around the islands. Conch is no endangered in the Bahamas, and can be found in an abundance, and is harvested with care, only conch of certain size can be taken. The the day I met AJ, he found 120 conch. He than keeps them fresh by only extracting them from the shell as he makes each salad fresh for each customer. In the video below, he shows how this is done. Then he dices up onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, salt and pepper to taste. Then the diced up conch, and what really makes it taste so good is the fresh squeezed, lemon, lime and oranges.

AJ has also trained and tamed the local sting rays as he feeds them daily. Watch the  video below to see Alex feed the sting ray.

 

Short video on preparing  conch salad & feeding the sting rays.

 

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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2 Responses

  1. Jean Parratte says:

    Hi Edward,

    I’m planning to cruise during four months from october 2014 to january 2015, going from Québec to the Bahamas.

    Do you know any place in the Bahamas where our boat (40 feet Jeanneau)could be hauled out until we come back the next winter. Our final plan is to take the boat to St Martin and leave it there in order to sail during the winter seasons.

    Sincerely yours

    Jean Parratte

  2. s/v Black Diamond says:

    Bon Jour Jean,

    Is there a reason you are going to St. Marten? You should really spent some time in the Bahamas, the 700 islands, 600 uninhabited are amazing, especially the Exumas & Abacos… The island chain of the Bahamas are almost the same size as the entire Caribbean.

    There is really no good places to Haul out in the Bahamas. Nassau has some marine facilities, but I am not real impressed with any.

    I would suggest not hauling out, but leaving it in a hurricane hole, there are a couple in the Abacos, and a few great ones in Georgetown bahamas, on a mooring, very safe, and you can come use your boat when ever you want, visit it for a long week-end or what ever, lots of French Canadians there too. Flights are affordable.

    Other options is go to Fort Lauderdale, lots of good haul out facilities. Research places in Florida for haul out. I keep my boat in the Bahamas now all year round on a mooring ball. Once a year I sail to Florida for haul out and maintainace work. This is the best solution.

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