Cathy and I are cruising to Exumas, Bahamas on our sailboat, a 47-foot Beneteau called Flight Risk. We have been planning the trip for many years, but more seriously starting last November. For those not familiar with Bahamas geography, the Exumas are a series of islands in the southern part, which were not impacted by Dorian.
I will continue my duties as Commodore remotely and our Vice Commodore, Stephanie Sweeney, will cover for me while I am gone. She will organize and run the November membership meeting and potluck at ODU Sailing Center. Sergio Diehl has the Annual Banquet in January well in hand.
We left Oct 26 via the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and will stay on the ICW until Beaufort, NC. From there we will start taking offshore hops to Wrightsville Beach, NC, Charleston, SC and other stops until we get to Jacksonville, FL. We will leave the boat there for a week, while we drive back home for Thanksgiving.
The house has a sitter and everything else is closed down.
On returning to the boat, we will head further south to Miami with the goal of crossing over to the Bahamas from Government Cut. Depending on the weather and situation, we will check into the Bahamas at either Great Harbor (Bullock’s Harbor) or Chub Key, both in the Berry Islands. After exploring the Berrys a bit, we will head further south to the Exumas and beyond. Of course, everything I have said is subject to change. We are learning to be flexible.
Assuming that we are enjoying ourselves, we will stay until sometime in April when we will start heading north again. We should be back in the Hampton Roads area by early May. I will try not to post on Facebook every day, because you would eventually get tired and unfriend me. I am trying to set up a blog site, but it is still a work in progress. More later.
Have a great winter,