Rose to Green, Green to Nassau, Nassau to Bimini



Winds are to shift to a southerly direction, so it’s time to move to the north side of Rose Island. We love to anchor at this little Cay called Green Cay. So beautiful and lots of sea life and shells to keep us happy.


Our route to Green Cay.


At green Cay. There are no pics of the ride to green cay, though I wish there was. We were caught in a rage coming up though the pass. Seas were crazy steep with breaking waves. Clearly we timed the passage badly, luckily we had the current with us so we powered on through. We did have green water all the way to the cabin top, crazy! Brian was at the helm and handle the waves magnificently:-), and the boat, so strong, took the beating with grace. So here we are, two hours latter, safe and sound at green cay thanks to a beautifully designed and built vessel and her equally beautifully designed captain :-).

We anchored on the south west side. We do get some wrap around swells from the western point, but this is the best spot of clear sand for our draft. We don’t want to swing into the grass as the turtles rely on it for food, our anchor chain would ruin a 100 foot swath of it. For good clear sand this is best spot.


After we set the anchor I swam the perimeter to make sure there were no shoals or coral heads that may be in our swing radius. Lots of live shells scattered about.

This sand dollar is clearly dead so I snatched him up for my nephews.

I didn’t see this little shrimp when I took the picture :-)

 Alive and kicking, so I left him in place.


Lots of beautiful star fish, all living. Hopefully I’ll find an empty star fish shell for my nephews shell collection

This fish drifted and weaved like a piece of sea grass, was hard to spot him he was so convincing.


I’ve only seen these creatures empty shell, it’s nice to know what they look like alive :-) this is a huge shell, little smaller than a football. Called heart urchins.


My bounty from my first swim at green cay.

A small conch on top of a carrier shell. I thought the carrier shell was empty, but I left him in a pool of seawater while I kept swimming ( just in case). Latter, I checked on him and sure enough it was alive. I put him back in the sea, he was gone within a few minutes( fast little guy!).  It was a very unique shell, these critters use empty shells to make their home.


The conch that was sitting on top of the carrier shell. I wish I had the foresight to get a better pic of the carrier shell, the construction was quite genius.

A big beautiful cushion star fish.

Brian, scupper and I heading to shore. Green cay is a private island but we are allowed to walk on the beaches up to the high tide mark.


Sandy island to our west.

We gathered a couple conchs for the nephews, not perfect, but I like shells with character. 


Sunrise. We got no rain from this.


No pictures taken this day, I called in sick :-). Brian did take me to the beach and we coasted alongside the dinghy over some cool terrain on the way back to the boat. I saw an enormous green turtle and a even bigger shark, 10-15 feet long. The shark was swimming parallel to the dinghy but drifted out of sight after a few seconds. This shark looked like the same one Brian spotted a few months ago when we were here last. It was in the same area of reef. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel well enough to take more pictures. I’ll check out that part of the reef, maybe we will get lucky and see him again. Our time here in the Bahamas is running down. We need to get our fill while we can.


Moonrise with my fisheye lens. It is a cheap lens so I don’t get many good pics from it. Still, it’s fun to play with.


Scupper frolicking on the beach.


Today I’m ready for snorkeling. I’ve got my skin suit on with t-shirt, weight belt, and booties. I feel like an away team on Star Trek, but as long as I’m not wearing a red shirt, I’m good :-).


Brian pulled the dinghy with scupper aboard while I swam about to get pictures.

I almost swam right over him :-)

Turtles!! The water is cloudy because they are like lawn mowers eating the turtle grass. The clearing of the grass if from them, it’s amazing how much area they can clear. It also really brings home the importance of healthy seabeds so these beautiful creatures have food to eat.

The water was murky for about 50 yards before it cleared up again. It actually got very cloudy after I took this shot, which was a bummer because this is where I saw the huge shark the day before. I so wanted to get a good picture of him, enough so, that it overrode the fear of swimming in 10-15 foot visibility while looking for a 10-15 foot shark :-).


We thought this was a golf ball :-) so cool.

Two competing corals.

This anemone was very large, the fingers as thick as my fingers.


Chanting to myself that there has been no barracuda attacks on swimmers who were not spear fishing, I swam up to this big guy to get a decent pic of him. This irritated him and he moseyed up to ME. I took the retreat posture and he calmed down. whew. Later I realized my nice new weight belt has a big shiny silver belt buckle, barracudas are especially fond of shiny things.


The fish are always zipping by, hard to get a clear picture of them. There was thousands and thousands of fish as we swam the length of the island. I got four to cooperate long enough to get a clear shot.

Luckily, the coral is slow moving :-)

The reef ended abruptly into this sandy wasteland.

This huge conch was beautiful and alive, so he was left alone.

These looked like dandelions, cool.

A variety of plants like this use photosynthesize to extract calcium carbonate from seawater to make up their thin skeletal frame.

Pinecone alga

Mermaids fan

Look closely :-)

That is his actual camouflage, he is not under a layer of sand. I think they are called peacock flounders.


Our last sunrise at Green Cay. Bummer.

About 7:30 am, so it is kinda dark, but the water is so clear! I’m standing on deck to take this photo. We are in about 12 feet of water.

Saying goodbye to Green Cay. We need to head to Nassau to pick up our friend John Henry. He is helping Brian get Rain Dog to Bimini. It is a two day run to Bimini and we are never sure if I will be able to help out on the boat. My Brain Has been acting up lately, I think my ICP is high.

Green Cay.

Sailing past Sandy Cay. Nassau is only about two from Green Cay to Nassau.

Sea buoy marking a reef and our turn south towards


Scupper helping me navigate

As soon as we got close to Nassau Harbor we called harbor control on 16.

Scupper is not impressed with the hustle and bustle of the harbor.

Besides the many mega yachts throwing huge wakes, there were some cool vessels working the harbor

We stopped at hurricane hole Marina to fuel up and fill water tanks.

Our route into the marina. Notice the two bridges on the chart.

John Henry:-). We are so blessed to have him aboard and helping out.

We left Saturday morning for Bimini. Five minutes into John Henry’s trip with us we “kissed” a bridge. Poor John Henry, he was probably wondering what he got himself into. This pic shows the brisk current we were traveling against.

When we left the marina, we made a b line for the fuel dock. But, there was a bridge between us and the fuel dock. With the dodger, rain fly, and being a bit sleepy eyed, we never computed that there was a bridge to contend with. Thankfully, Brian was going very slow against a very fast moving current. We kissed the bridge at about 1.6 knots. I say “kissed” because the mast never hit the bridge ( I think), but the rigging did. I was down below slacking on my first Mate duties. When we hit, it felt like we had collided with the dock with our bobstay, a springing sudden stop. But..but..we don’t have a bobstay??? And we are in the middle of the channel. When I jumped up into the cockpit  to see, Brian said with shock, “we hit the bridge”.  The mast was standing proud, I could see no immediate damage. There were many locals and tourists watching our goof, some yelled out very helpful advice ;-). i promptly checked the state of our rig more closely( rigging, mast, chainplates etc), I even checked the heel of our mast as that, along with the chain plates would be the main points of stress, everything looked fine. The bridge looked fine too, no marks anywhere that I could tell. Meanwhile, Brian is still fighting a 4 knot current and getting his bearings on where the exact middle of the bridge is. We made it to the fuel dock without any more mayhem. The attendant at the fuel dock told us of another sailboat doing the exact same thing a few months before, but his rig broke up in five pieces. Man oh man am I glad Brian bought such a wonderfully over built vessel! Later I went up the mast( I have pics I’ll post soon) and I saw no indication anything whatsoever that we even hit. Last time I was up the mast was about 5 months ago, nothing has changed. If we hit harder I would be suspicious of an unseen damage, but we dodged a bullet. When we get back to the states we will have our professional rigger take a look. Pacific seacrafts rock!


After fueling we cleared the second bridge and made our way through the Nassau harbor.

Passing the big Atlantis Resort.

Clearing the west side of Nassau

Brian, ever vigilant, looking for possible collision situations.

John Henry :-)

Scupper, not liking the idea of a two day leg.

Dead calm, smooth seas.

Brian sees something out there, something red…

Brian heads over to the sighting to see what it could be.

I’m able to snag the object with the boat hook.

A heart shaped balloon. Sweet, but it doesn’t belong out here. Many sea critters are harmed by these balloons. Glad Brian’s eagle eyes spotted it. Good job my hero husband :-).

Scupper enjoying the view. I think he wants me to read to him, we are on a sci-fi kick aboard Rain Dog, reading Peter Hamilton’s Pandora’s Star. Very very good read.


Sun is setting.

Not a lot of wind but the seas begin to roll. Scupper and I are feeling a bit peaked.

Passing ship


By 10-11 pm, we anchor on the banks. The red dot is the moon rise. Blood red moon. The waves were getting pretty uncomfortable, this was the best shot I could get of the moon. The colors are accurate, no photo enhancement.

Blue dot shows where we anchored.


I woke Brian up at 4 am asking if we could get moving. The anchorage was very rolly and I was sick as a dog. ( this is a pic many hours later).

Nearing Bimini. John Henry was a big help, always willing to take the helm. We were all checking our phones for cell signal. We lost signal leaving Nassau and did not get it back till abreast of Bimini.

Scupper and I are so ready for calm seas. I try to explain what happens when I get sick, it’s not your average sea sickness, it’s kinda like getting stung by a bee. Each harsh movement, change of direction in the momentum, I feel a mild to not so mild zap in my head. There is a general head pain too, and all around body aches :-). Quite a mess I am.

So no grand pics of landfall, or even of the wonderful beaches we passed heading down to the south side of Bimini. I was laying down in the settee, pretty grumpy too! Once we got settled in the marina, Brian thought the anchorage would be too rolly and hot for me, I started to feel better. 

We call it hurricane hole marina, but it is a Sands Resort Marina. It is a bit cheaper and it is out of the hustle and bustle of Alice Town’s busy channel. We met another cruising couple scoping out the marina in their dinghy. They had their boat at Browns when a big mega fishing yacht threw a huge wake. It ripped out all their cleats and did some minor cosmetic hull damage. They were hoping to move their boat over to hurricane hole that moment, but they draw 6 feet, from the active captain reviews, they need mid to high tide to get in. I’m glad we picked this marina. I did not want to stay up in Alice Town, you have no protection from the wakes, and are totally at their mercy.


Brian and John Henry checked out the ship store and restaurant at the marina. They said the food was really good.

Customs and immigration on premise.

We will rest here for a few days. John has to get back to Nassau, we will miss him!! 

We then will head for Dinner Key. We originally planned on Fort Lauderdale but was told by cruisers that just left from there that a big boat show is going on and it is kinda crazy. No thanks! Dinner Key it is. Since it will be just Brian and I , we need a smooth crossing. Seems like things will be good for crossing on Sunday(5 days from arriving at Bimini)

Rose Island, north of New Providence


Today we head for Rose Island :-). We had planned to run back to Warderick Wells for a 10 day stay, but my brain has been acting up. So we will head for Rose  Island which has sweet anchorages on its north and south side and is only 7 miles away instead of 55.

Watching a charter boat weave its way in to the marina (Palm Cay, southeast New Providence

Joe, our friend has flown back to the states. Scupper is sleeping on Joe’s pillow, a sign he misses him.

The little cafe at the marina had a soft opening. I enjoyed a great cup of tea and brian had a cappuccino. The manager was kind enough to give me samples of local Bahamian tea, which grows wild on Atkins Island. 

Atkins is one of the Islands that was wiped out in hurricane Joaquin. The woman who runs the tea company lost everything. So if you are looking to try a very good cup of tea, please buy some of her tea and help her get back on her feet. The marina said they would hold any orders at the office for folks who will be traveling through. So you could have the tea mailed to Palm Cay c/o your vessel, and they keep it safe till you can pick it up.

Provisioning day.


Everything stowed, heading out of Palm cay marina.


The folks who work at the marina and restaurant are so sweet, we feel very blessed to of met them.




You can easily see the coral.


We are leaving at low tide so we will give all coral heads a wide berth


We had pretty rough wave action, at times we could only make about 3.5-4 knots. But we finally arrived at the south west anchorage of Rose Island


Reaching Rose Island, we tucked in between the reef and shore.

I dove the anchor and watched it set at around 3000RPMs in weedy sandy bottom. Water was very cool. Ever since the hurricane, the water has been noticeably cooler. I had to hype myself up to get in the water. Brian always works the throttle while I’m in the water to make sure the anchor sets well. He did offer to get in the cool water instead of me, what a gentleman:-).

Rose Island is about 9 miles long, a very long narrow island with lots of coral heads.


Blue dot marks our location.


Shallows up fast as you head west into the anchorage.

Rose Island

Sun is setting. The weather is really cooling off. 

Crazy beautiful sunset.


Next day. The smattering of rainbow was right over the big casino at Nassau:-)


Drift diving along the southeast side of the anchorage.


Brian drifting along watching the beautiful scenery go by.

This is what we are dodging when we talk about navigating around coral heads. This could do some serious damage to the boat and the coral would not likely survive such a collision.

Scupper, back aboard and bathed, lounges in one of his favorite spots.


Nice sunrise at Rose Island 


One of the many big yachts we see around Nassau. The dark vessel couldn’t seem to set his anchor and drug all over the anchorage. Grrr.

It’s cold again. I put on my 3/4 wet suit to stay warm and swam around the boat. When I say cold, I mean it is 84 degrees with a dry gusty breeze :-). Pretty darn perfect.

Lots of cool critters under the boat :-)

The fish that got away, sigh, I clearly didn’t frame this shot properly. But to be honest, I didn’t see him till I was two feet away :-)I was focused on the soft coral. he dashed out before I could get another picture.

This little guy was only about 3inches long.


Pretty seaweed.


Rain Dog



Moon has been quite bright these last few nights.


Sunrise at South Rose Island


This beautiful creature was soaring over the boat, looking for a meal. Winds are shifting to a more southerly direction, so we will make for Green Cay on the north side of Rose Island.


Pictures Of Our Trip North, Up The Exuma Chain.



Emerald Bay Marina. Came up from George Town for water and to get a deep charge on our batteries.

Emerald Bay Marina is located in the northeastern side of Great Exuma. It gets a bad rap for having a lot of wave action due to it being open to north winds. It is considered by many not to be a good hurricane hole. But when we arrive a couple days after hurricanes Joaquin, the marina facilities were up and running, no boats were lost except one derelict boat received some toe rail damage. Since the marina only allows one boat per two slips for hurricanes preparations, each vessel has finger piers on port and starboard, and can be situated in the middle of the slip, avoiding damage due to wave action. So having seen what we have seen from a cat 4 hurricane with mostly north winds, we consider Emerald Bay to be a good hurricane hole.


So glad to have Joe aboard.

Bird of paradise as tall as a tree!


We needed fuel too. Now onto Rudder Cut :-)


Holy smokes, we were able to sail the spinnaker! This is from Emerald bay to Rudder Cut.



Just came into the entrance to Rudder Cut Cay, looking back out to sea.




Nice beach on uninhabited island.



Looking north.

Finally got to swim the mermaid at piano sculpture. Was very beautiful.

Joe’s Cruise Through The Exumas. George Town To Warderick Wells, Then On To Nassau


 A good friend flew into George Town to crew aboard Rain Dog. This is the log of his journey from George Town to Nassau for his friends and family to enjoy. :-)


Rain Dog.


George Town is on the Island of Great Exuma


George Town anchorage

Joe is flying in today to crew for Rain Dog, yay! We are just recovering from the big hurricane that blew through. Rain Dog was in a hurricane hole a few miles to the south and took no damage. There are two damaged boats in this picture, one is a beautiful houseboat that sunk( foreground) and the other vessel ended up on the rocks ( background right, hard to see).


Joe, our friend from Austin, Texas.



Chart of the Exuma chain. We start out in the south at George Town ( Socking Island). Joe catches his plane flight back to Austin in Nassau ( Athol Island). We have two weeks to get to Nassau.


Redeeming Emerald Bay Marina, Great Exuma

Just a quick note to folks that were wondering if Emerald Bay Marina could survive  a hurricane. We are at Emerald Bay, it’s been a few days since the hurricane hit. The only damage was a ripped out cleat. No boats were lost. One abandoned boat did get rub rail damage( you can buy it for 1,000). They did have a breach in the main water pipes that run under the pier along the bulkhead . So, if anyone is contemplating riding out a storm here, I think it would be a good choice if you tie up properly and it’s not a cat 5!

Emerald Bay Marina entrance faces the northerly. Hurricane force winds came from the north.


Boat is abandoned. If you pay for survey, you can have it. Needs survey for Marina to obtain title. The harbor master plans to sink her to make a good five/Snorkeled site. She is very very rough. Rotten cabin top. Teak decks have been painted so you know they leak. Bowsprit broken in half near base, rot at top of mainmast, many chainplates, that are not outboard are bad. Hull and some hardware is salvageable.

Heading out today for Rudder Cut. Going to swim with the mermaid and piano statue. Will post pics as soon as I can.



Red Shanks to George Town Post Hurricane Joaquin


~~~~~~~After Hurricane~~~~~~~~~



Our first sunrise after the storm, back aboard Rain Dog, boat and crew safe. Sweet.

We were anxious to get out of Red Shanks, the hurricane hole, but the tides were not in our favor. We didn’t move the boat till Monday.

Lil Sister, a catamaran that rode out the storm just north of us. He said conditions were very rough and windy in the anchorage.

Looking towards the mainland.

Glory hallelujah, it’s time to jump the sand bars and leave this anchorage:-)

Thanks Red Shanks, for taking such good care of a Rain Dog.

We cleared the shoals and make for George Town. We have a friend flying in on Tuesday to spend two weeks cruising the Exumas with us.


Passing Isaac’s Bay. The marina took sone damage but the big boats hauled out seemed to be well tied down and in good shape.

Looking out into the Atlantic towards Long Island (20 miles away). They got the brunt of the storm and did not fair well.


There is a coral reef just off Elizabeth Island. Two yacht maintained markers help vessels avoid the reef.


Coming up to the big reef, we only see one marker.

The ( looking north) starboard marker is in good shape and, from what we can tell, is still is the proper place. The mooring balls looked like they were also ok. Since we left the anchorage I continually scanned the shores for lost dinghies and such. I did not see the lost marker anywhere.

Since the storm there is a constant flow of air traffic towards Long Island. Pray everyone is recovering well.

Stocking island.

Made it to our anchorage. Can see the sunken houseboat and the big powerboat we saw broke free when we were riding out the storm at the hotel.

Scupper, catching up on his sleep.


We picked up our crew and are now heading north through the Exumas and will end up in Nassau in two weeks. We know about invest 91, don’t worry, we wil keep a sharp eye out for storms and take the necessary precautions. There are several good hurricane holes in the Exumas. In fact, we will be within 10 miles of a safe harbor almost the whole way. When we get to north Exumas, where there isn’t a real good hurricane hole, we will hop over to Nassau, only 6 hours away, if we need to. 


Not sure when I can update. Joe, our friend visiting from Austin Texas, was kind enough to bring some ship’s supplies, including a wifi booster. So hopefully my blog updates will be more frequent.

Hugs and lots of love to all. Thank you for all the kind well wishes.