Blog Post 2 - Blane Arnold

Just the Start

Provisions are done and last minute checks are completed as we head to bed with the anticipation building for whats to come. It's November 2nd and we all can't help but feel grateful for the journey of a lifetime beginning in the morning.        

Waking up in No Name Harbor in Key Biscayne, Florida to sunny skies and light winds. We begin to head East towards Bimini. As we pass the ten mile mark off the coast, we're leaving United States waters. Hello international waters! The skyline of Miami fading in the background as I drop a line in hopes of catching lunch. As the gulf stream gets closer, the sea floor begins to quickly drop out from under us. Before you know it, the reel's screaming and we've got a mahi in the boat! 

We enjoy mahi for lunch as we continue East to Bimini. Later that night we arrive, finding coverage from the wind in a small harbor and call it a night. 

The next morning before the sun's even up I'm first in the water checking out the crystal clear waters of Gun Cay south of Bimini. Storms are off in the horizon, nothing too big to worry about so I make my way to the boat as everyone else onboard begins to wake up.




After a breakfast and coffee is made we begin to make our way from Gun Cay to Bimini Proper to check in with customs. A few hour stop at a wreck from the early 1900s has us all excited for what else is to come on this circumnavigation. The SS Sepona was sitting in only about twenty feet of water, tons of sea-life surrounding the hull. Openings in the hull allow you to go inside, giving you access to old rooms filled with fish, stingrays, jellyfish and coral. A must see if you're around Bimini!         

Roughly another two hours north we arrive to Bimini proper. Captain Cody grabs everyones passports and heads to the customs office. Meanwhile, we've just pulled up to a beach on the west side that has a fun little wave so Colin and I decide to get a few turns in. The water reminds me of blue gatorade, we catch a few waves and head back to the boat when Cody returns to the beach. The easiest check-in to a country I've ever had, literally surfing while my passport is getting stamped. We enjoy the island and Colin flies out of Bimini the next day after we enjoy a morning of surf. Thanks again for all the help and joining us on the first leg!



We call it an early night as we have a very long sail coming up for the crossing from Bimini to Chub, Bahamas. Taking off early the next morning we're welcomed by dolphins playing in our wake as we begin our sail. The stretch is about 80 miles long, as the crow flies. So with the number of tacks we had to make it ended up taking about 28 hours. Not much else to do besides fish, read, listen to music and have some good conversations. 



Once we arrive at Chub Island I get us a lobster and we enjoy the sunset in our anchorage with crystal clear water surrounding us once again. The Bahamas are something else. Next destination on our route is Andros Island, about a four hour sail brings us to the northern end of the island. The Andros Barrier Reef wraps around the island, 190 miles long with depths varying from two feet below the surface to as deep as 6000 feet deep. Over 160 species of fish and coral creates an underwater kaleidoscope, incredible to see in person. As we head west to search for an anchorage we do some fishing. Which ended up being the best fishing of the trip so far supplying the boat with snapper, mackerel and more mahi all within about an hour! We find a small cove to anchor in for the night and get out of the wind. 



Before we leave Andros we head in to search for some fruit on the island. No luck, but we did stumble upon some limestone caves as well as some decent sized cliffs! We head back to the boat and make our way to Nassau, about 25 miles to the southeast. It was interesting to say the least.. Winds, waves and rain pounded us for over eight hours before we showed up to Nassau. We'll be here for a few more days getting provisions done for the next leg as we wait for our new crew member Adam to show up and getting some equipment from the local marine stores before we continue south. Don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter to know when the next blog post comes out!

Thanks for following along on this journey around the world!

       

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