Sailing in the Sea of Abaco, Bahamas

May 2015

A
A great big thanks to Don and Tonette for inviting us to sail with them aboard Malolo!
Crystal
Crystal clear water
3
3 hours after landing in Marsh Harbor, here we are anchored at Fowl Cay
Here
Here we saw our first mermaid
Our
Our first blue tang
Enormous
Enormous and complex coral here
♫
♫ Under the sea ♫
Diving
Diving on the anchor
Bahama
Bahama sunset
Good
Good morning, good morning!
Heading
Heading aloft to repair some running rigging
Man-o-war
Man-o-war cay
Pretty
Pretty anchorage
The
The girls take a morning dip
Whoa
Whoa mama! Whodat cute girl in da long dress?
A
A quick stop at Nippers on Great Guana Cay to wish the wedding party well
Par-tay
Par-tay on the roof
Don
Don and his box-o-ice
Which
Which of these giant yachts is the one we came in on?
Pulling
Pulling into the harbor at Treasure Cay
Fresh
Fresh bread and rolls at Café la Florence
Lovely
Lovely ladies in their lovely hats
Goombay
Goombay punch
Bahamanian
Bahamanian ladder
Nobody
Nobody here but us chickens
Parents
Parents to be, yikes!
Parking
Parking lot
Heavenly
Heavenly stroll
Some
Some as big as your head
Prego.
Prego.
Chillin'
Chillin'
DnT
DnT
Blue
Blue water
Making
Making landfall at Green Turtle Cay
Sunset
Sunset in Black Sound
Lincoln's
Lincoln's next flip
Classic
Classic pickets, and sharp!
Pinwheels
Pinwheels
Holy
Holy orange batman
The
The Blue Bee
Home
Home of the Miami Dolphins
Bahama
Bahama Mama
Purpleberries
Purpleberries
Hand
Hand carved wooden signs abound here
Nearly
Nearly every house has craftsman lattice
Beware
Beware of attack rooster?
Red
Red
Welcome
Welcome to the Bahamas
Could
Could get used to this
Conch
Conch salad? We'll just pull some out of the water and cut it up right here.
Breakfast
Breakfast for 6
Downright
Downright tropical
Swimming
Swimming with the pigs on No-name Cay
Malolo,
Malolo, our Admiral 38 Catamaran at anchor
Shallow
Shallow hulls make for close in anchoring!
Sea
Sea star
Millions
Millions of minnows
Bluehead
Bluehead Wrasse, by far my favorite of the hundreds of fish species we saw
Corals,
Corals, urchins and fishes
Spacious
Spacious cockpit
Doing
Doing the dishes
Evening
Evening time
Another
Another Bahama sunset
Sailing
Sailing outside the barrier reef
La
La Dolce Vida
Making
Making 7 knots upwind through a small 3-4 foot swell. Ride 'em cowboy!
New
New skipper
Rachel
Rachel welcomes us to Hope Town on Elbow Cay
Lucia's
Lucia's big sister
Port
Port risk ashore
Bebe
Bebe mama
Stopping
Stopping in for some conch fritters at Munchies
Red
Red
Another
Another gorgeous latticed deck
Memorial
Memorial grounds.
Electric
Electric flower
Unreal
Unreal latticework
Lincoln's
Lincoln's sunny disposition
Time
Time for a mocktail
Don
Don is a cooking machine
Hope
Hope Town sunset
The
The DnT
Sugarscoop
Sugarscoop dishes
Abaco
Abaco dinghy
Hey
Hey mama, take me to the sugar shack!
Dawn
Dawn patrol.
Lovely
Lovely pergola
More
More charming street signs
Weather
Weather has calmed sufficiently to do some more snorkeling!
Paradise?
Paradise?
Fish
Fish and reefs right off the sandy beach!
Impressive
Impressive elkhorn coral
School
School of yellow fish
I
I love the way the fish wash back and forth in the waves
More
More insane coral
There's
There's that mermaid again.
Here's
Here's our Bahama Mama swimming around like a fish
Holy
Holy crap Don just speared a giant grouper. Time to get out of the water (before the sharks smell it) and get to the kitchen!
Giant
Giant fish that fed 6 of us for 2 days
More
More than one way to skin, er, hold a cat, er, fish
Spinnaker
Spinnaker flying
Once
Once you get past the fact that this is trash it's incredibly interesting to me that the ribbon and the seaweed which have very similar properties ended up being gathered and transported to the same place by the ocean.
Coral
Coral and stripers
Unbelievable
Unbelievable coral formation
A
A stripey eyed wobbler
Sandy
Sandy cay and Bahama Mama
Ocean
Ocean
LnL
LnL
Another
Another crazy sunset
Our
Our clearest snorkel day yet at Sandy Cay. Unbelievable amounts of fish
Fans
Fans
Fish
Fish and fish and fish!!
My
My first experience with a Barracuda in my face
Stingray
Stingray
Pair
Pair of rays gliding across the bottom
Awesome
Awesome coral
Elkhorn
Elkhorn forest
Fishies
Fishies
Another
Another mermaid pose
Don
Don swims with the fishes
Water
Water baby
Fin
Fin glubber
Lilypads?
Lilypads?
Lincoln
Lincoln dives deep
A
A bouquet of roses
Pair
Pair of nurse sharks sleeping on the bottom
Sirens
Sirens rounding East End Point
RnK
RnK
LnL
LnL
Queen
Queen Helmet
Dragging
Dragging for Conch
Round
Round 2 of Don's prize Grouper
Lincoln
Lincoln sets the catch free
Sunrays
Sunrays
Man-o-war
Man-o-war sunset
The
The sunset that didn't end. Probably still going on.
Homebound
Homebound
Sailing
Sailing crew, thanks to everyone for an awesome time!!!