Author: Carla

I love all things art and fibers including quilts, quilting, freeform crochet and beading, also a variety of mixed media art. I also draw a

Second Year in the Bahamas Overview

After weathering Hurricane Matthew in 2016 at Great Harbour Cay (GHC) Marina, Captain Joe and I decided to stay in the Bahamas for season two, and visit some new places not yet seen.   We also wanted to improve our sailing and cruising skills, and figure out what changes or improvements to add to MAHI…

Preparing Your Boat For Summer

Our summer plans include leaving the sailboat in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, at Great Harbour Cay Marina.  I thought I would share how I prepared S/V Mahi for our absence during the tropical hurricane season. When you leave your boat for an extended time, there are many issues to consider.  Here is our main list:…

Highbourne to Rose Island

From Shroud Cay, we stopped at Highbourne for the night.  Our plan was to head out in the morning to sail up towards Nassau across the bank.  There is a section that requires coral navigation, so you ideally want to hit it around noon time on a clear day for good visibility. At Highbourne, this…

Shroud Cay

Heading north, we stopped for a couple of nights at Shroud’s Cay.  This turned out to be an excellent anchorage with lots of interesting things to do. First stop- a dinghy ride to Hawksbill Cay to find the Russell Ruins, a Loyalist settlement from just after the American Revolutionary War. The first cove we visited…

Cambridge and Compass Cays

We headed north and decided to stop at one of our favorite places in the Exumas- the anchorage at Cambridge Cay.  This gave us an opportunity to revisit the Sea Aquarium one last time, then visit the Bubbly Pool on Compass Cay, and finally snorkel by the Coral Gardens off of Honeymoon Beach. Along for…

Black Point, Exumas

By this time in our cruising life, Joe, Ethan and I had been gone from home almost 9 months total.  It was time to make a decision about turning around and making the slow trek back to the US.  We missed our family and friends.  The decision was made that Black Point would be the…

Bitter Guana Cay

Thankful to be away from Staniel Cay, Bitter Guana Cay was a breath of fresh air!  We went ashore with our friends, Lynn and Ken, aboard Tryst Two, to see the marine iguanas.  They were interesting creatures and very docile for the most part. These iguanas are said to not be aggressive because of the…

Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs

Everyone had been talking about the swimming pigs at Staniel Cay for as long as I can remember.  For many, it was the highlight of their trip.  With excitement building, we sailed to Staniel Cay and anchored off of the famed Pigs Beach.  We jumped into our dinghy in anticipation of seeing the adorable swimming…