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Sailing Adventures of s/v Alpine Zephyr
"The water is always bluer on the other side of the ocean." -- anon
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Intro

I have dreamed of sailing the seas since childhood. After years of family living, IT career and multitude of hobbies, I am following up on that dream. It is an open ended journey - no fixed plans and no end date - the time will tell.

My wife joins me on this adventure. As we sail, we learn not to rush, but rather to enjoy the life and beauty of the places we are in - staying as long as we like and moving on when new horizons catch our imagination.

This website is a casual photo chronicle of our journey - a more-or-less daily journal of pretty much what we have seen.
~~ Captain Alex

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain


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Cruising Abacos, Bahamas

2018-02-16 ... 2018-04-13

Cruising Abacos, Bahamas

Pelican Cays Sea Park Corals

Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park

Log#: 267      Date: 2018-03-18 ... 2018-03-19
LatLon: 26 24.093'N 076 59.600'W

Had a good snorkeling around coral reef seen lots of fish, sting rays cruising below.

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Hope Town

Hope Town, Elbow Cay

Log#: 268      Date: 2018-03-19 ... 2018-03-20
LatLon: 26 32.570'N 076 58.080'W
LatLon: 26 32.803'N 077 01.454'W

Visited a pretty Hope Town. Mostly cottages, occupied by resident or vacationing Americans.

Views from the top of the landmark lighthouse are beautiful, well worth the climb up.

The town's inner arbour is small and there is no place to anchor, so we anchored outside.
Then, moved to the west coast of the bay until westerly winds pass.

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Marhs Harbour Abacos Bahamas

Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island

Log#: 269      Date: 2018-03-20 ... 2018-03-25
LatLon: 26 32.773'N 077 03.328'W

Marsh harbor is a center town of Abacos.
Protected and busy harbor, few marinas, modern grocery stores, restaurants. Stayed few days.

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Spoil Cay Abacos Bahamas

Spoil Cay

Log#: 270      Date: 2018-03-25 ... 2018-03-26
LatLon: 26 41.056'N 077 10.233'W

An overnight stop at Spoil Cay, near Great Guana Cay.
Had this tiny island to ourselves after visiting boats left in the evening.

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Green Turtle Cay Abacos Bahamas

Green Turtle Cay

Log#: 271      Date: 2018-03-26 ... 2018-03-28
LatLon: 26 46.759'N 077 20.188'W

Stayed few days at White Sound in Green Turtle Cay, to ride-out cold front and fill up our water tanks at the marina.

Met and invited for dinner an older cruising couple from Northern Ontario, who were anchored beside us.

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Manjack Cay

Mancjack Cay

Log#: 272      Date: 2018-03-28 ... 2018-03-30
LatLon: 26 49.200'N 077 21.941'W
LatLon: 26 50.124'N 077 23.154'W

Visited couple anchorages at Manjack Cay.
Interesting jungle walks around the island to stretch legs, several beaches.

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Coopers Town

Coopers Town

Log#: 273      Date: 2018-03-30 ... 2018-03-30
LatLon: 26 52.487'N 077 30.619'W

A short visit to Coopers Town for lunch.
Small, quiet and unassuming coastal community. Some supplies and places to eat.

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Powell Cay Bahamas

Powell Cay

Log#: 274      Date: 2018-03-30 ... 2018-04-01
LatLon: 26 54.334'N 077 29.097'W

Powel Cay has nice beaches and walking trails crossing the island to the ocean side.

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Angel Fish Point

Angel Fish Point

Log#: 275      Date: 2018-04-01 ... 2018-04-03
LatLon: 26 55.089'N 077 35.270'W

Spent few pleasurable days at Angel Fish Point near Crab Cay.

Visited small pebbly beach, explored nearby cays on dinghy. We also had a pleasant Easter turkey dinner with a cursing couple on their large trawler anchored nearby.

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Allans Pensacola Siginig Tree Bahamas

Allans-Pensacola Cays

Log#: 276      Date: 2018-04-03 ... 2018-04-04
LatLon: 26 59.295'N 077 41.167'W

Allans-Pensacola Cays is very nice and popular little island. These are use to be two separate cays, but not long time ago a hurricane dumped huge amount of sand in a channel between the cays and joined them.

The island has three aspects to it:
First, there are several nice beaches on the calm leeward side.
Second, there are pretty but somewhat rough beaches on the windward side, with several "signing" trees, where visiting cruisers leave their writings on pieces of flotsam.
Third, there is a shallow sand bank inside the bay which dries at low tide - it is pleasant to walk on and watch some wildlife.

Spent couple days here liked it.

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Fox Town Conch Shell Mountain Bahamas

Fox Town

Log#: 277      Date: 2018-04-04 ... 2018-04-06
LatLon: 26 55.552'N 077 47.710'W

Fox Town is a small outpost settlement, a place to get fresh fish, conch and OK restaurant. Not much is going on locals just minding their own mostly fishing business. See mountains of conch shells.

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Moraine Cay Beach Abacos Bahamas

Moraine Cay

Log#: 278      Date: 2018-04-06 ... 2018-04-09
LatLon: 27 02.298'N 077 46.298'W

We spent few great and memorable days on this small island. No one came during our stay here, so we had the place to ourselves.

Weather was windy at times and anchorage was exposed and rolly, so we spent most of the time on the beach. Swimming, beachcombing, snorkeling, sun tanning, just lazying, thinking...
Had a chance to catch a decent size lobster what a treat!

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Double Breasted Cays

Double Breasted Cays

Log#: 279      Date: 2018-04-09 ... 2018-04-13
LatLon: 27 11.684'N 078 17.216'W
LatLon: 27 11.354'N 078 16.446'W

Double Breasted Cays is a very picturesque anchorage in Abacos.
Not easy to get in or out due to a shallow and narrow entrance channel with strong currents, but once in, it is beautiful. Large parts of Sand Island in the middle of the anchorage appear and disappear with tide.

Had an unexpected strong storm coming through, some boats dragged anchors.
After staying few days here, we are sailing an overnight downwind passage back to Florida.

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Haul Out in Florida

Back to Florida, Ft. Pierce

Log#: 280      Date: 2018-04-13 ... 2018-04-21
LatLon: 27 28.160'N 080 19.500'W

After staying several days on the anchor in the ICW waiting for haul-out, our yacht is up on the land for the season.
We are back home in Canada.

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