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Offshore to the Bahamas - DS III wing and wing: With the headsails poled out the Shards and fellow Southerly Owners from the UK - Richard
and Julie Thomas & Caroline and Nick Gill (founder, Gill Marine foul weather gear) enjoy a romping sail from Providenciales, Turks and
Caicos, to Mayaguana, Bahamas.

Approaching the Bahamas from the
Eastern Caribbean in the spring following a winter of Caribbean cruising, our
general route is to jump off from the
British Virgin Islands with gentle spring
trade-winds in place and do a 3-4 day
offshore sail, often a nice down-wind
sail or reach, to make a stop in the Turks
and Caicos Islands before continuing on
to the really special remote islands of
the southern Bahamas.
From the main island of
Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos,
it's a daysail to clear into the Bahamas
at the Far Out Island of Mayaguana. The
last time we did this was April 2019 and
we had friends fly in to Providenciales
from the UK, to sail from Turks and
Caicos to the Bahamas with us to
experience the joys of shallow-draft
cruising in the very remote islands of
Mayaguana, Plana Cays, Crooked and
Aklins Islands and Long Island which
lie en route to George Town, Great
Exuma, the commercial centre of the
Exuma island group and a base for
the cruising community exploring the
Bahamas throughout the winter.
We, aboard our Southerly
480, Distant Shores III (hull 01), with

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four fellow Southerly owners aboard -
Caroline and Nick Gill, founder of Gill
Marine foul weather gear, a two-time
Southerly owner and Julie and Richard
Thomas, also two-time Southerly owners - and beside us, our sister-ship,
Kered (hull 02), with owners, Rob
and Sue Heath, aboard; set sail from
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, on a
Friday (we should have known better)
in April 2019 with a fresh breeze and
arrived in Mayaguana, Bahamas in time
to clear in. However, all of us had forgotten that it was Good Friday, so everything was closed for the weekend until
the following Tuesday!
The settlement is small in
Mayaguana, so the local school principal saw Paul and Rob seeking to clear
in. She explained the situation then gave
them a ride to the home of the owner
of the shop selling Bahamas SIM cards
who kindly got them set up with local
phone numbers. The women also traced
down the off-duty customs and immigrations officers who advised that we
carry on with our northbound cruise,
flying our yellow courtesy flag signifying we had yet to clear in, until we could
do the paperwork at George Town in a

few days. This was a great relief since
waiting in Mayaguana until after Easter
Monday to clear in would have affected
our friends' schedules for flights home.
This experience was typical of the kindness and understanding we have often
received from residents of the small settlements in the Bahamas. And forgetting
what day it is, is typical of the cruising
life.
We carried on the next day in
fresh breezes, making a lunch stop at
the deserted Plana Cays, anchoring off
West Plana Cay and then carrying on
to Atwood Harbour, on Lady Slipper
Cay off Acklins Island, where there is a
lovely reef-protected bay with a 2-mile
long deserted white sand beach. Due
to the water flow from the surrounding
mangroves, the water here is a clear,
but brilliant green colour due to the
plant material in the water. The bay is
protected from east-northeast through
south and almost to west, ideal for the
next couple of days (but a death trap in
north winds when it is fully exposed) so
the group opted to stay here for another
day to relax and celebrate Easter dinner
together with all the trimmings.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2020

AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
FEATURE: WINTERIZING
CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 4
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 5
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 7
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 10
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 26
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 27
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 32
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - FEATURE: WINTERIZING
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
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