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Black Point, Exuma, Bahamas

Black Point is one of the largest out island settlements in the Exumas. Having said that, the population is still very small. I am not certain what it is exactly, but I would say most likely under a hundred of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Always making us feel welcome and at home, they even invited us to share Christmas dinner together, more on this in our next post.

The amenities include everything you’ll ever need to stay for a very long time, or at least until the wind starts blowing from the west. There is no westerly protection in this beautiful harbour/anchorage. You’ll find a police station, a couple of Churches, Marine store, medical services, repairs, water, two grocery stores, cottage rentals, a laundry mat facing the harbour with a dinghy dock, a few restaurants, my favourite being Lorraine’s Cafe which really caters to the cruisers. Lorraine’s provides local cuisine, self service bar which is really cool and an internet cafe.

Black Point was our first anchorage since we left Georgetown at about 11am this morning. We should have left earlier at sunrise in order to arrive before dark, therefore we arrived later in the evening. The moon had not come out yet, so we had to navigate the entrance by charts, GPS and assistance from our radar. We had to stay fairly close to shore coming in due to the large shifting sandbar in the middle of the anchorage and harbour entrance. There was about a dozen boats anchored here as well,  we want to make sure we don’t bump them in the night. Roxane felt our first anchor drop was to close to a near by boat, I felt we were fine, lots of room. Well I guess the Admiral trumps the Captain, so you guessed it, we decided to drop again a little further back. Better safe than sorry. Fortune’s Favour and Black Diamond were still anchored side by side and ready for a good nights sleep.

Ocean Side

Ocean Side of Black Point

 

Leeward Side

Leeward Side of Black Point, and Harbour/Anchorage

We explored the island, went for a swim, visited with the locals, did our laundry, and got our hair braided. We are starting to look like pirates aren’t we? On the ocean side of the island there is a lot of exploring to do, amazing views, you can also hike out to Dotham cut if you wish. We combed the beach for a while, and I found an old fuel tank that I am now repurposing as a storage bin in my dinghy. I use it for my anchor, chain and other sharp objects I don’t want to puncture my dinghy with, or a dry place to put things while under way in the dinghy.

 

 

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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