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of the islands in the best cruising areas of the Bahamas are sparsely populated,
so safe shore time is easier to manage, but most of what attracts sailors to the
Bahamas is on or in the water - sailing, anchoring, swimming, snorkelling,
scuba diving, kayaking, paddle-boarding and kite-surfing - you name it.
The name "Bahamas" is derived from the Spanish term for shallow seas, "Baha
Mar" so even the name says how special the water is here. The seas and the islands
they surround, lie on three immense tablelands of limestone, coral and sand with
reef-fringed platforms on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The average depths are
3-9 meters or 10-30 feet across the large banks that lie between island groups but
there are plenty of deep-water routes if you have a deep-draft vessel. We cruised
for several years in the Bahamas with our first boat, a Classic 37 sailboat with a
6-foot draft and didn't feel limited. On our last few voyages there, we explored new
places aboard our variable-draft Southerly Yachts, a 42, a 49 and now our 480, all
of which draw less than a metre with the keel retracted and can dry out at low tide.
This opened new areas to explore for us, but you don't need a shallow draft cruising
boat to enjoy cruising here. The Bahamas span an ocean area of 470,000 square km
(180,000 square miles) with 13,878 square km (5,358 square miles) of land so there
are lots of places to sail to and explore even if restricted from some areas due to a
draft of more than 6 feet.
And the water is blue. Such a blue you have never seen! With the extensive white sand bottom it's just like a swimming pool for miles and miles. In the
deep water of the sounds it is a vibrant sapphire blue.
Of the 700 islands and many more rocks and small cays that make up the
Bahamas, about 25 are inhabited, most with small communities, and the islands
function as one nation. The population in 2019 was 395,000, similar to the population of Victoria, British Columbia, but widely spread out in an area similar to that of
the whole Eastern Caribbean. Some islands just have a few private homes and some
whole islands are privately owned. The rest are uninhabited. The main islands and
commercial centres are New Providence Island where the capital and largest city,
Nassau, is located and Grand Bahama Island where the city of Freeport is located.
The rest of the Bahamas are made up of the Out Islands or Family Islands, as they
are officially called, and unofficially as the Out Islands, such as the Abaco and
Exuma Island Groups, the most popular cruising grounds; and Far Out Islands such
as Mayaguana, Crooked and Acklins Islands.
first island nations to open its borders
to international travellers following
months of lockdown and to welcome
cruising sailors from most nations
including Canada. (This situation is
subject to change so please check before
sailing. See sidebar for information.)
At the time of writing, travellers over
10 years old would be admitted if they
could show a negative COVID-19 test
taken within 10 days of their arrival in
the Bahamas and complete a Bahamas
Health Visa application which can be
done online, before their departure
from their home country. The Bahamas
Health Visa requires 48 hours to obtain.
Social distancing is barely an issue
for visitors arriving by boat. Boats, by
design, keep their occupants physically
distanced from others and cruising sailors excel at self-sufficiency, so they
don't need to go ashore too often. Most

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Great Bahama Bank, Exumas - Wake: Infinite blue. Sea and sky. View off the stern of
Distant Shores III motoring on the banks.

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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
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
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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 - SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
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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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