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Sailing Adventures of s/v Alpine Zephyr
"If you don't know where you are going any road will get you there." -- Alice in Wonderland
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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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Southern Exumas and Back to Florida

It was the time COVID-19 started. Sailing restrictions have been put in place, and cruising Bahamas become more difficult. Time to go home.

Little Farmers Cay

Little Farmers Cay, Exumas

Log#: 301
LatLon: 23°57.343'N 076°19.616'W

The summer was approaching – days got warmer, cold fronts became weaker and less frequent, weather more enjoyable.
It was also the time COVID-19 has started. My initial intention to wait it out, quarantining in the islands. Not bad place to be stuck – sunny beaches, warm turquoise waters, not many people…
So we headed further south down the Exuma Islands chain.
Our first stop on the way was Little Farmers Cay. It was quieter then usual. We had a chance to buy fresh fish from the local fisherman at the pier, walked and stretched our legs around the island, then back to boat.

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Rudder Cut Cay, Exumas

Log#: 302
LatLon: 23°52.261'N 076°14.442'W

This was our first time visiting Rudder Cut Cay, and we really liked it.
There is a postcard palm beach, two caves, and the famous Mermaid and the Piano underwater sculpture. The whole area is protected and beautiful. Fishing was successful as well.

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Leaf Cay Iguana Exumas

Lee Stocking Island Area, Exumas

Stayed several days in the area near Lee Stocking Island, including anchorages at Leaf Cay and Normand’s Pond Cay.
Lee stocking island is know for its now abandoned NOAA research facility. Leaf Cay is a small Wildlife Reserve area, with large pink iguanas being main attraction. Norman’s Pond Cay is more rarely visited by cruisers and has a nice beach on the south west side.
Have seen marine police zooming through the area and chasing people off the beaches due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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George Town, and zooming back to Florida

No trip to Exumas is complete without going to George Town. We have been here before and have fond memories.

This time is different. Due to coronavirus / COVID-19 restriction put in place, there was no fun cruising the islands any more. Beaches are closed, all businesses except grocery stores are closed. No straw markets, no island events or festivities, no activities on the Volleyball Beach, etc…
You are not allowed to leisurely cruise around the islands – only to get out of Bahamas.
We didn’t have much of a good choice except to leave the Bahamas and go back to Florida, and then home.

We have briefly stopped at anchorages in Exumas, Rose island and Berry Islands, and then sailed overnight to FL.
Our trip was cut few weeks short this season. Pity – the weather was starting to be really nice.

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At Florida Boat Yard

Florida ICW and Boat Yard

Sailed from Berry Islands to Lake Worth / Palm Beach, then Inter Coastal Waterway up north to our boat yard near Ft. Pierce.
Some anchorages along the ICW were unexpectedly busy. Hit by a windy storm on the way – nothing serious, as waters here are well protected. I usually stop listening to weather reports once inside ICW.

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