Off to Bimini (part II)

Captain Shel Miller

Four sailing students and I departed our dock in Ft. Lauderdale on March 31st, 2013 aboard the 51′ sailing vessel Gitana and headed south to Fisher Island in Miami. This would be the start of two advanced ASA sailing courses offered at Blue Water Sailing School. After successfully anchoring, we had a dinner of grilled salmon, rice, and broccoli.

3 sailing students and myself:

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We tried to get some sleep early because we wanted to depart at 11 pm for Bimini. Two reasons: It’s about a 12 hour sail and we wanted to arrive in good light and, negotiating an unknown harbor at night is one of the requirements for the ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising Class.

After spending about 12 hours in lumpy seas, on April 1st, 2013 we arrived at the docks in Bimini, Bahamas. Bimini lies some 50 nautical miles to the east of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Below is a photo of the Bimini Blue Water Resort and our sailboat docked. We stayed here for the night and left the next day:

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Arriving in Bimini we needed to clear Customs and Immigration. The Immigration building is shown below:

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Once cleared into the country we were free to wander around the pretty little town of Bimini (sometimes called Alice Town). Here are some photos of what we found:

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BiminiWalkway BiminiBeach

 

Sunrise the next day from our boat at the dock:

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Late morning the next day we departed and left for some of the islands further south.

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Leaving the channel with students Chuck at the helm and Bob overseeing the operations:

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After spending 3 days in the Bahamas we made our return voyage to Ft. Lauderdale. With favorable wind and current the trip back was only 7 hours. All four of my students did an excellent job and easily passed their exams.

Best Sailing,
Captain Shel

1 comment to Off to Bimini (part II)

  • Greg Larson

    Hi Shell,

    Looks like a nice trip. Did the same with Ted a few years back but went down to Miami first. But the big questions is…is that a working square rigger in the photos of you leaving Alice Town? How cool if it is. Do you know anything about it?

    Just got back from a charter in Antigua and was very impressed. Big seas and a lot of wind but we had a big fast 50 ft. Bavaria and loved the spirited sailing. Barbuda was over the top cool. We also got to see the first day of racing of Classic Sailing Week, talk about wooden boat sailing porn, you would have loved it!! I broke some ribs a week before the trip but had good crew on board so I just laid around and gave orders. We will definitely be going back.

    Hope to see you around,

    Greg