Welcome to Waves of Grace!

We have moved from Eagle's Wings to Waves of Grace, a Catalina 42 which will extend our winter ocean cruising grounds to the southern Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Please join us on our adventures! We would love to hear from you via cell phone or e-mail and when you get a minute come on down and visit!

Catalina Swap

Catalina Swap
The two gals share a dock at Navy Point. Leaving Eagle's Wings was bittersweet, but new adventures await us on Waves of Grace.

Jacksonville Landing, then Green Cove Springs and haul-out

We headed to JAX Landing on April 10th knowing that the East Coast RR Bridge was on a restricted schedule but were shocked to find out that the Main Street Bridge needed a two-hour notice before it would open.....but we were lucky and the bridge tender took pity on us and opened.  Next two surprises:  Around noon a sailboat lost engine power and hit the bridge

breaking the top of the mast off, and there was a huge festival going on in JAX with very limited tie-ups to the wall.  We held our breath and brought the boat in close to the bridge....Walt did a great job on the helm!  We were treated to bands, vendors, and all kinds of entertainment for two days before heading to Green Cove for haul-out.  See you next year!

Gulf Stream Crossing 4/1/2014

We had a great Chris Parker weather report so we crossed from North Cat Cay to Lake Worth with Clark & Barb on Undaunted.  We had the Gulf Stream with us most of the way so we made great time...about 9 hours.  We had to check in with U.S. Customs so we stayed on Wednesday, visited Peanut Island, had lunch at the Riviera Beach Marina and then just walked the 3 blocks to customs which is located at the cruise terminal.  It was easy to do despite the fact that there are no signs indicating where customs actually is located.  On Thursday we headed out into the ocean again and headed north to Vero Beach where we met friends from Sodus, Jim and Joyce

and cruising friends, Larry & Suzi who just bought a house in Vero.

Bahamian Basket

Deb from Our Desire not only taught me how to make a Bahamian basket, but also how to identify the silver palm which is strong enough to actually bind the basket together.   There are plenty of palm trees in the Bahamas!  I filled my basket with the shells I found on the ocean side of Stocking Island in Georgetown.

Underwater photos of Thunderball Grotto

Rich and Anna have an underwater camera and took these photos when we snorkeled Thunderball.  It was truly amazing!

Staniel Cay 2X 3/23-27/2014

We pulled into Staniel Cay with three plans:  We wanted to have a bonfire on the boaters' beach, all six of us wanted to snorkel Thunderball Grotto, and we needed a place to wait out some nasty weather coming our way.  Thunderball Grotto was awesome and something I'll never forget.  There were beautiful fish everywhere looking for handouts and the grotto itself had sunlight streaming down from the open top once you entered it from the water. In fact, Saturday was the annual James Bond week-end here with movies and a casino night for everyone.  At the bonfire we met a couple on the sailboat, Providence, who had damaged their prop and were waiting for assistance.  Then the bad weather came in......25-35 knot winds on the nose, from the west for 24 hours.....it was not pretty but the anchor held the boat!

Oven Rock Beach 3/22/2014

We had an amazing ocean run in 20 knots yesterday from Georgetown to Galliot Cut.  Coming in the cut was dicey with stacking 5 foot waves and an opposing current.  Our Desire lost power on their engine half-way through the cut but made it to the Banks under sail.....that was scary.  We took photos of Oven Rock and also of Waves of Grace as we climbed the hill to walk the beach on Exuma Sound this morning.

 We are anchored at Black Point tonight and headed to Staniel Cay to wait out about 10 days of awful weather coming in....20-30 knots with lots of rain.  Hope the forecast is wrong!

Georgetown Vistas 3/20/2014

We are all spending the afternoon today, poolside, at the Peace and Plenty Resort before we start north up the Exuma chain tomorrow.  There is a BBQ here every Thursday with music and free wi-fi so we re-anchored to this side with Our Desire and SnowGoose.  I've included photos of the straw market, the library, and Peace and Plenty.

Cruisers' Tour 3/15/2014

Today we took a bus tour of the island with 30 other cruisers followed by a buffet dinner at Exuma Pt. Restaurant with music by Just Us.  It was a fabulous day.  Our first stop was at the Hermitage Homestead which was one of the first Loyalist plantations.  We also visited the Steventon Jail House which is now crumbling. The statue is of Pompey who led a slave rebellion when the Rolle salt plantation tried to move 37 slaves to another cay.  We walked the beach at Exuma Pt. and saw the beautiful cave where a hermit spend 1 1/2 years.  A fellow cruiser shared his shark story from Friday........he had speared a fish and a reef shark came up and head-butted him several times to get his fish.  He finally released it from his spear but now his lips are swollen...Yikes!

Monument Beach 3/12/2014

We took our dinghy to Hamburger Beach and hiked the trails to the monument where we had beautiful vistas

of Elizabeth Harbor and the three basins by the St. Francis Restaurant.

The Queen Conch 3/5/2014

Conch comprises a large part of the Bahamian diet:  fritters, salad, and chowder.  Walt found two large conch and Anna on SnowGoose showed him how to skin them and prepare them for cooking.  Then Anna made fritters for all of us.  A Queen Conch lays several egg masses with 1/2 million eggs in each mass, so there are lots of conch to be found here.