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Sailing Adventures of s/v Alpine Zephyr
"The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, and is not preceded by a period of worry and doubt." -- 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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Nassau, New Providence and Northern Exumas

Stayed few days in Nassau, capital of Bahamas Islands. Then headed to Northern Exumas, were we visited several islands.

Nassau Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Log#: 290
LatLon: 25°04.516'N 077°18.568'W

Stayed in Nassau for few days. Visited tourist attractions, topped up supplies, blended in with the cruise ship crowd - there are 3 - 5 cruise ships in the harbour each day.

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Allans Cay

Allans Cay, Bahamas

Log#: 291
LatLon: 24°44.916'N 076°50.262'W

After Nassau, we have picked up west winds and sailed to Allan's Cay in Northern Exumas. The place is famous for the beautiful setting and iguanas.
Few times a day fast boats bring tourists on a hit-and-run tours around the islands.
This was our second visit to this place.

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Highbourne Cay

Highbourne Cay, North Anchorage, Bahamas

Log#: 292
LatLon: 24°43.482'N 076°49.550'W

As this was our second time cruising Exumas islands, we have decided to explore the chain differently:
First time we have visited most popular places, described in all cruising guides and books, and hence where there are lots of cruising boats of all sizes and types.
This time we will try to visit moistly off-the-beaten-track anchorages, with fewer boats and where we are more likely to have the island to ourselves.

The wind forecast was calling for couple days of strong SW winds, so we have moved to an anchorage in the North bight of the Highbourne Cay. Stayed few days here.

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Saddle Cay Area

Spirit Cay Area, Bahamas

The area of Lobster Cay, Spirit Cay and Saddle (Little Norman's) Cay was the first relatively rarely visited place on our Exuma route. It is a very beautiful area with varied scenery, surrounded by many small islands, cays and rocks, among several beaches, sand bars and lagoons.

We have enjoyed this place - exploring different parts by dinghy, fishing, staying at beaches...

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Normans Cay West

Norman's Cay, West Anchorage

Log#: 294
LatLon: 24°35.861'N 076°49.332'W

Another nice island and beautiful anchorage.
As we have been here before, this time we've decided not to go to the more popular and crowded inner bay (where the plane wreck is), but stayed outside on the nice long beach.
Had a tasty meal and the tropical garden type of the restaurant - beautiful setting.

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Little Cictern Cay Exumas

Little Cistern Cay, Exumas

Log#: 295
LatLon: 24°27.512'N 076°44.560'W

We had this beautiful isolated small anchorage and the beach to ourselves, during Valentine's Day.

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Hawksbill Cay Exumas Park

Hawksbill Cay, Exumas

Log#: 296
LatLon: 24°29.130'N 076°46.384'W

Hawksbill Cay in the Exumas National Park is considered by some as one of the most beautiful in the area. Surrounded by many beaches on all sides, hiking trails, 1700's ruins, it is one of the popular with megayachts as well.

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OBrein Cay Exumas Bahamas

O'Brein Cay, Exumas

Log#: 297
LatLon: 24°19.162'N 076°33.419'W

The O'Brein Cay and surrounding area of the Exuma Sea Park is very pretty. There are nice beaches, interesting snorkeling sites around (i.e. crashed small airplane and Sea Aquarium).

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Cambridge Cay Exumas Sea Park

Cambridge Cay, Exuma Sea Park

Log#: 298
LatLon: 24°18.118'N 076°32.368'W

Had a one day stop at Cambridge Cay in the Exumas Sea Park.
Not much changed since our last visit few years ago. Paid moorings.

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Pipe Creek Exumas

Thomas Cay, Pipe Creek, Exumas

Log#: 299
LatLon: 24°14.312'N 076°29.462'W

Windy weather was approaching, so we have moved for few days to the all-around protected area of Pipe Creek, anchored near Thomas Cay. The current is strong here, moving boats in odd directions in relation to the wind.

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