Exploring The Bahamas Islands with the sailing vessel Summer Wind.
The first big leap in the journey to the Bahamas is crossing the Gulf Stream, an ”ocean river” flowing northward at two knots or more with the greatest speeds in the center of the Stream. It is a passage not to be taken lightly by either novices or old salts. When planning the crossing the crew on Summer Wind had a number of factores to consider; wind speed, wind direction and sea state as dictated by current weather system, the optimum crossing angles, preferred departure and arrival point, the speed of the vessel, the choice of a day and night voyage. We decide to departure from Port Carnaveral in Florida and after 19 houers crossing, Summer Wind arrived the West End, Old Town on Grand Bahamas Island.
Next stop, the Abacos is a jewels of islands and cays spread across 120 miles in the northwest of th Islands of the Bahamas. Summer Wind visited the privat island Spanich Cay. We went for a hike along the beautiful island and meet two nice couples from Vermont and Minnesota and invited them over at our boat Summer Wind. They had a lot of experience sailing in the Bahamas and they let us know about many nice places to visit. We `re grateful for the expertice of our freinds who are willing to make our adventourous even better by sharing their knowledge about the beautiful Bahamas Islands.
Still getting to know the sailing vessel Summer Wind. As we explore different parts of the vessel, learn the systems and trial different ways to getting things done.
It actually feels homely!
The life on board at Summer Wind, 200 hours, from Long Iland, NY to Port Canaveral, Florida.Last night´s moon light in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Love watching the dolphins bow riding!
On our way to Georgetown in South Carolina, dolphins come visit us and our sailboat Summer Wind.
As Summer Wind move along the water the dolphins bow riding on the waves created by the boat. The dolphins are propelled forward by the waves and they twist and turns and swim upside down as they glide through the water.
I belive bow riding is something dolphins enjoy doing and do for fun, just like when people go body surfing.
There is always something to be thankful for. Sometimes it`s easier to focus on what we don´t have, rather than what we do have. It´s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.
After visit New York City the sailing boat “Summer Wind” have a long leg ahead to go.
Do we have enough food and water? Have we taken enough precautions with the wind and water? Do we have all the equipment we need? How to handle the boat alone at night when the rest of the crew sleep?
After more than 600nm at sea “Summer Wind” is now visiting Beaufort in North Carolina. Well, done so far!
Ståle has got his first tuna fish, I have sailed the night shift by my own, we have had cold days and nights. The trip so far has given us many new experiences and impressions.
We have seen a lot of sunsets and sunrise. Each one is unique and a beautiful reminder of where it is that we´re living.
Tomorrow it´s time to move on to Georgtown, South Carolina.
Sailing “Summer Wind” into NYC in the sunset.
Turn inside, breath, feel the heart and just let it all go.
Download music, take a break:
- “Breathe” by Elephant Revival, Break in the Clouds.
Child pose is a nice forward fold. This pose is a great tension release for the pelvis and lumbar spine and a calming pose.
Sit on your heels, allowing the belly and chest to round forward onto the thighs. Let the forehead rest toward or on the floor. Close the eyes. Find your breath and rest for a while.
- Rest your arms down by your sides, and let the palms face down, or stack them like a pillow under your forehead.
- Support the lower back and the pressure on the knees by resting on a bolster.
- If the neck, shoulders or knees are too sensitive is to do Apanasana. From a seated position, lay down on the floor/mat. Rest on your back and hugging the knees.
Stay in pose for 1-3 minutes.
Honor the moment and how it affect you.
I´m really looking forward to welcome “Summer Wind” as a Norwegian registered yacht and start the journey sailing south. Hopefully, in a couple of days we are sailing from Long Iland, westward to NYC and then further south to Atlantic City, Annapolis, Washington, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Florida and Bahamas.
Main while, it´s time for a visit to the main street in Sag Harbor and the local bookstore Harbor Books. It´s nothing like a stroll in a gem of a bookshop after a lunch at LP Burger. The novel ” A Little Life” by Tanya Yanagihara was chosen, looking forward to read it!