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The 2018 sailing season is underway…finally!


Thursday, January 11th to Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The start to the 2018 sailing season wasn’t as smooth as we would have liked, but we are here in the Bahamas now, so life is good. Lee contracted something called Valley Fever when we were in Scottsdale in the fall, so Randy went down alone to Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas where Silver Maple is stored to get her prepped and into the water. Then, he single-handed her from Green Turtle Cay, through the Whale Cay ocean passage to Marsh Harbour, where he picked Lee up about a week and a half later after the doctors finally gave her the thumbs up to travel. The sailing season is finally underway!

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Silver Maple being loaded on the crane at Abaco Yacht Services on Green Turtle Cay


Going into the water


Ready to go!

So, our Bahamian sailing season is underway, but Lee is still taking it easy and continues to recuperate. Much better to rest and heal in the warm weather than in the winter at home in Canada.


Lee with her feet up recuperating


Coffee time!


Beautiful day for a run from Marsh Harbour to Hope Town


Captain Randy is happy to be back

When we arrive in Hope Town, it was like we had never left. All our boating friends are here, as well as some new folks to join the crowd. Randy plays in a Bocce Ball tournament and although he doesn’t win, he somehow manages to score the best looking partner when they do the random draw for teams. Hmm..


Silver Maple settled into her slip at the Hope Town Inn and Marina


Out for lunch at Cracker P’s with cruising friends, old and new


Hope Town Marina and Hope Town Harbour are looking full


View off the back of Silver Maple in our slip at the Hope Town Inn and Marina


Hope Town Inn and Marina


Randy and his Bocce Ball partner, Molly, from Denmark


The competition is fierce… ha!


Game spills onto the beach


More Lee’s speed as she continues to recover

We’ve been mostly taking it easy so Lee can get back on her feet, but there are always chores to do on the boat to keep busy. The weather has been a real mixed bag, with cool temperatures one day, rain the next, then heavy winds and some beautiful warm sunshine thrown in. Next week the weather is supposed to be nice, so hopefully we will be able to get out on the water for some sailing.


Hope Town Lighthouse overlooking Silver Maple


Coffee on a cool morning


Blustery weather


Beautiful day in Hope Town

Stay warm, Everyone!


5 thoughts on “The 2018 sailing season is underway…finally!

  1. Speedy recovery kiddo! Your pics are fabulous. Missing being there! We are headed for the Keys by car on a 5 day getaway from work! See u at the trimaran races in the summer.

  2. Thank you for keeping us posted on your adventures! We hope Lee is doing well. Miss you! Terry and Brian

  3. Lee,
    So sorry to hear you were I’ll! Wishing you a speedy full recovery and much love to you and Randy!

  4. Beautiful pictures! It looks like you are enjoying a wonderful adventure. I love reading your blog!

  5. Great to see you made it safely to the boat. Thanks for the birthday card!

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