search instagram arrow-down

Top Posts & Pages

You can find my photography on Instagram

A shabby old sign on a far from perfect building will always catch my eye ❤👀 #architecture  #caribbeanstyle 🍴On the menu this week - Spiny Lobster!
🦂 Freshly caught by our own fair hands and cooked on board in the galley 😊
🍽 Delicious with a lemon, garlic and butter sauce 
#culinarydelights #cookingonboard 🎉 WE'RE BACK! 🎉

Back on the boat, back on the water and back to exploring the Caribbean ⛵

We've said goodbye to the boat yard in Trinidad and headed over to Tobago to kick off the next leg of our adventure 🤗

#sailing #adventure #liveaboards Absolutely adored being a bridesmaid again this weekend. Everyone loves a good wedding ❤🎉💍👗 #bridesmaid #wedding #friends #love The trail of destruction being caused by #hurricaneirma is heart breaking. 
It's hit home hard with me. Friends I've made this year are in amongst the storm, their beloved boats are most likely destroyed.
I'm usually a fan of Mother Nature and her wonderful creations throughout the world....not right now. #irmasabitch It's good to be back in England especially as it seems I've brought some sunshine home with me! 😍🌞
#nolongerlookinglikealiveaboard #devon #sunshine #wedding #happy

Follow The Wanderers Notepad on Facebook

8 knot winds from the Southwest and minimal waves – finally, a suitable weather window for our crossing from Lake Worth Florida, to West End Bahamas. This forecast is what we’ve been waiting for.
We raise the anchor at Lake Worth at 4am and make our way out of the lake. It’s pitch dark so we use the marker buoys to navigate through the channel leading us out into the Atlantic ocean. It’s plain sailing for the first few hours, we’re cruising at around 5 knots and the sun rising on the horizon is a pleasant sight.

SONY DSC

Sailing with the mainsail and genoa

By around 10am the winds have picked up to around 20 knots and as a result the waves have also increased. The sailing conditions continue to worsen and we have to bring down the mainsail, leaving just the genoa out.
Our boat may be 42ft in length but she’s pretty lightweight, 20,000lbs. She doesn’t plough through the waves like a heavy displacement boat, instead she rolls over them. At a guess there are some 8ft waves ouhere and we surf down some of them at 8 knots.
We make our way across the Gulf Stream which has a 2 knot current flowing North. To account for this we have to adjust our heading to a point further South than we want to go.
Now, although I’m embarking on this sailing adventure I am terrible in rough seas and with these kinds of conditions my sea sickness makes an unpleasant appearance. Ben does a great job of keeping things under control on the boat, whilst I do a great job of laying down in the cockpit just about keeping my stomach under control.
By late afternoon we see West End in the distance and I strongly hope that means the waves will die down. No such luck.
We’re still rolling up and down every wave and I know if I move, this seasickness is going to get the better of me. But, I have no choice, as we get closer it takes two people to navigate, bring in the sails, steer, radio the marina, check the charts, put the fenders out and keep us safe.
We make our way towards the channel leading us into the marina, the boat rocking around and twisting sideways with each wave. The channel’s marked out with a rock wall and it’s nerve wracking knowing that one small error or particularly large wave could see us crashing into them.
Thankfully, after 11 hours of sailing, we safely make it into the calm waters of Old Bahama Bay Marina where we check in with customs before reflecting on our crossing…the positives, the negatives and what we could have done differently.
As the sunsets we plan our onward route.

20170104_172830
Over the next few weeks we make our way along the Abaco Islands. It’s winter here so the weather is hit and miss, sometimes we’re fortunate, sometimes less so. On good days the sun’s out, the winds are low and we find ourselves exploring the uninhabited islands, snorkelling the coral reefs and fishing. When the cold fronts come through we take shelter in a suitable anchorage and find things to do on the boat…repairs, watching films, reading and playing games, our favourite being Jenga! Always more fun played on an unstable vessel!
We really do find ourselves in the middle of nowhere out here. The Abacos are the most Northern Islands in the Bahamas. Only the larger islands are inhabited leaving the smaller islands as nature intended. They are quite rocky in places but there are plenty of stretches of white sandy beaches too. The islands are covered in wild shrubs and trees and we’ve heard some have wild pigs roaming around but we’re yet to see any. Most islands have a little “path” going from one side of the island to the other which help us explore more easily. The paths are so unidentifiable, people have tied washed up items onto the trees to mark the way. We’re guided by plastic bottles, ropes, crates and flip (or is it flop…?).

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0011.JPG

Aerial photo of Great Sale Cay, an uninhabited island 

These islands are well off the beaten track and the only other people we see here are other cruisers. Everyone we’ve met has been so friendly, welcoming and helpful. It’s truly a community amongst sailors. Whilst anchored in one remote bay sheltering from an upcoming storm, sailors from other boats came over in their dinghy to introduce themselves and offer assistance if we had any trouble in the storm. Over the next few days we looked out for each other, socialised, played games and went for walks together. It was from one of these fellow sailors that I obtained my first bread recipe…via the vhf radio. So, as the rain came down and the wind was blowing outside I got out my measuring cups and ingredients. After a few hours and plenty of elbow grease I had successfully created my first loaf from scratch! I must say I was pretty pleased with the finished result!

SONY DSC

Freshly baked loaf anyone? 

With bread making under my belt I’m on a mission to make us even more self sufficient. Enter the fishing rod! During one of our beach ventures we collected conch, although out here they eat it, my aim was to use it as bait. They’re ugly, slimy things and I couldn’t quite face taking it out its shell and handling it so I left that bit to Ben. However…off the edge of the boat I lowered a piece of conch on a hook down to the seabed 8ft below, within seconds a fish had taken the bait and was hooked. I reeled it in and placed it on the chopping board in the cockpit. The next bit wasn’t easy for me to do, and in between my squeamish noises I just kept apologising to the fish…but I did the necessary in order for us to eat fresh fish for dinner.

DCIM101GOPRO

Conch in their shells

This is a whole new life we’re living and we have so much to learn and experience. Living on a yacht in paradise sounds fantastic, but there’s going to be lows as well as highs. We’re on an adventure and whilst our liveaboard life has only just started, I think I can say I’m going to enjoy it!

 

Enjoyed my blog? Let me know 👍

You can also watch my vlog for the Gulf Stream crossing and Abaco Islands leg of our adventure on my You Tube channel.

2 comments on “Seasickness, fishing and island exploration

Let us know you've swung by, leave a comment below.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: