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Captains Blog: Eleuthera, fresh fish and lobster, and plenty of great sailing aboard our Schooner!

Captains Blog: Eleuthera, fresh fish and lobster, and plenty of great sailing aboard our Schooner!

Safe and sound in Nassau. 

 
This week we sailed to Eleuthera and explored some new territory. started off the week sailing to Egg Island where we snorkeled the wreck of an old fertilizer ship that is said to have burned in the 70's, although the wreck was filled with lionfish and grouper, we did not have a catch of the day to serve up. (Sorry Jan and Jason!)...However, they had their hands full making a beautiful Caribbean Lobster dinner for the guests!
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After lunch we hauled back and motored into the lee of Egg island to drop the hook and spend a few hours before dinner hanging out on the beach. Enjoyed the musical talents of passengers Erica and Skyler before beginning our night transit towards Alabaster Bay.
 
The following day was spent exploring the abandoned navy base. sailing the pea pod, and frisbee on the beach! Alabaster bay is perfect with its mile long beach, soft sand and friendly pot cakes! next was a great sail to the calm anchorage of South Palmetto pt. where we made our way to the Atlantic side beach bar "Tippy's" which Skyler made very apparent to have a very strong rum punch.
 
Governors harbor came next, with Junkanoo practice in full swing some passengers were able to get a preview of the festivities to come. to top off a great week we finished it off with some snorkeling and pea pod sailing at rainbow cay where we were finally able to serve up a few lionfish. Passengers surely enjoyed themselves.
 
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(Our little friend we saw swimming about)
 
We did leave Nassau with 10 passengers however only returned with eight.....................
 
Matt and Jackie had already planned on spending the next two weeks in Eleuthera so we left them in Rainbow cay after dinner Friday night!
 
Until next time
 
Captain Dylan Salzmann
Schooner Liberty Clipper
 
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Captains Blog: Sea Turtles, Dolphins and a week full of adventuring aboard the Liberty Star in the BVI's

Capt Jon Cook here sending out some good vibes from the Virgin Islands, aboard the Liberty Star. This week was full of fun and adventure starting out with an amazing sail into Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke. We were able to sail right onto the anchor, always a treat. With an amazing group of passengers we explored some new spots including the beautiful beach resort at Nanny Cay, Tortola, where we all made some new friends and new memories.
 
The sailing all week was nothing short of amazing on our traditional schooner in the trade winds that have been sailed upon for centuries by these beautiful ships. As if the sailing wasn't enough, we were also able to do some hiking, swimming, and snorkeling to take in the beauty of all the on land and below the water inhabitants. The sea turtles were very active this week and were spotted several times a day and we were even treated to the company of a pod of dolphins guiding us to their favorite spots.
 
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I will also have to take a second to mention all the wonderful food on board as our ship's cook, Sue,is able to prepare 5 star meals that are a real treat to your taste buds It's hard to beat enjoying her food while watching the the sunset over the mountains of the islands. 
 
Until next week
 
Capt Jon Cook
Schooner Liberty Star
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Captains Log - Wonderful Windjammer Sail to Eleuthera Island with Snorkeling and Music on Deck

Safe and sound in Nassau. 

This week we sailed to Eleuthera and explored some new territory. started off the week sailing to Egg Island where we snorkeled the wreck of an old fertilizer ship that is said to have burned in the 70's, although the wreck was filled with lionfish and grouper, we did not have a catch of the day to serve up. Hauled back and motored into the lee of egg island to drop the hook and spend a few hours before dinner hanging out on the beach. Enjoyed the musical talents of passengers Erica and Skyler before beginning our night transit towards Allabaster Bay. Following day was spent exploring the abandoned navy base. sailing the pea pod, and frisbee on the beach. next was a great sail to the calm anchorage of South Palmetto pt. where we made our way to the atlantic side beach bar "Tippy's" which Skyler made very apparent to have a very strong rum punch. Governors harbor came next, with Junkanoo practice in full swing some passengers were able to get a preview of the festivities to come. to top off a great week we finished it off with some snorkeling and pea pod sailing at rainbow cay where we were finally able to serve up a few lionfish.  passengers surely enjoyed themselves. We did leave Nassau with 10 passengers however only returned with eight. Matt and Jackie had already planned on spending the next two weeks in Eleuthera so we left them in rainbow cay after dinner friday night.
 
Captain Dylan Salzmann
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Captains Blog: Full moon party at Trellis Bay, and more great tall ship sailing throughout the week!

Captains Blog: Full moon party at Trellis Bay, and more great tall ship sailing throughout the week!

 

Good afternoon from the Virgin Islands. Good afternoon is the proper way to greet locals in this region and if you hear it, the proper response is just to say, "Okay". The local culture is certainly always a highlight of these sailing adventures. We were able to surprise our guests this week with attending the Full Moon party at Trellis Bay, Beef Island.
 
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(Full Moon Party)
 
Full of rich culture and local artwork, this place is a microcosm of the island culture. Being able to sail all around these islands on a traditional schooner brings us even closer to this feeling of being part of the local culture as tall ships in the days of yore called these islands, "the stop on the way to everywhere", as they were a pinnacle stopping point throughout all the trade routes for the Spanish, English, Dutch, and French.
 
This week was, as always, filled with great weather, beautiful sailing with great winds, and the necessary swim calls and snorkeling spots! 
 
See you next week,
 
Captain Jon Cook
Schooner Liberty Star
Liberty Fleet of Tallships 
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Captains Blog: Bringing in the New Year aboard the Schooner Liberty Star with Moku Jumbies, fire dancing and new friends

Captains Blog: Bringing in the New Year aboard the Schooner Liberty Star with Moku Jumbies, fire dancing and new friends
Greetings from St Thomas on the Liberty Star! What a great week down in the islands to bring in the new year with some great wind, sailing, and passengers. With the wind filling the sails and the rail in the water we made our way up to Virgin Gorda. Then it was nothing but smooth sailing from there as we made our way to some of the best spots in the islands and were able to stop to cool down in the water during the amazing snorkeling adventures.
 
It's hard to beat a New years party at Trellis with the local art community throwing an extravagant event with a great touch of local traditions and culture including Moku Jumbies, local music, and fire dancing.
 
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Matching up a traditional touch of the islands with a traditional way of exploring them makes a memorable trip for all while even getting the passengers to help sail the boat down the Sir Francis Drake channel past all of the historic Virgin Islands. So make sure to come down and share the experience soon!

 

 
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Capt Jon Cook
 
Schooner Liberty Star
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Captains Blog: Sailing with the rail in the water, great sunsets and new friends made aboard the Schooner Liberty Star in the BVI's!

Captains Blog: Sailing with the rail in the water, great sunsets and new friends made aboard the Schooner Liberty Star in the BVI's!

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Greetings from St. Thomas, Red Hook aboard the Liberty Star! I'm going to try to keep a Captains Blog updated around once a week, so I hope you will tune in and join us for our adventures! This week we departed Red Hook on Monday morning at about 0700. Leaving the dock was uneventful (phew). 

With a great wind direction, we decided to raise all of the Star's sails, and called on our guests to come help us out! She's a smaller schooner, so it doesn't take as much manpower as her larger friends, but it doesn't take away from the beauty of hauling on a halyard! With winds at about 15 knots and above, we enjoyed an awesome sail over to the BVI's, with the rub rail in the water for part of it. 

It really doesn't get any better than the weather in the BVI's. It was sunny, warm and beautiful for the whole week (much nicer than our Boston counterparts!). Once we reached our first destination in Jost Van Dyke, we quickly went for a swim call off the boat, and started snorkeling. This became a ritual as every day was filled with flips of the bowsprite, cold beverages on deck, and of course myself blowing the conch shell to let the sun know its okay to go down! 

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Wonderful Sail through the Bahamas for Christmas on a classic windjammer

Wonderful Sail through the Bahamas for Christmas on a classic windjammer

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Below is my captains report on our Christmas Cruise through the Bahamas. This week we got a lot of sailing in, and very minimal daytime transits as we did a lot of night sailing under an amazing canopy of stars. Our week started with a wonderful welcome reception in Nassau before departing out dock in Nassau at 0600 Monday morning bound for the Exumas Land and Sea Park with our first stop being Allans Cay.

After a nice close reach to Allans in the morning, our guests enjoyed some snorkeling and hanging out on the beach with the iguanas before we hauled back the anchor and motored through the night to Staniel Cay, home of Thunderball Grotto made famous during the filming of the James Bond movie Thunderball. We spend all of Tuesday and Tuesday night at Staniel Cay sailing the pea pod, paddle boarding, feeding the pigs, snorkeling the Grotto and visiting the yacht club. Everyone loved getting into the warm water and experiencing the true natural beauty of the Bahamas.

The highlight of Christmas Eve was taking the small boat through the anchorage with crew and guests Christmas caroling. Christmas day brought great wind for our sail to Rocky Dundas and Warderick Wells. That night, we set up movie night on deck for our guests and watched "A White Christmas" under the stars. While I've seen this movie on many a Christmas, watching it under the stars on a tall ship in the Bahamas was something special that I will always remember.

Thursday we sailed to Normans Cay and explored the beaches and the underwater wreck of an old DC3 drug smuggling plane; nestled in about 20-feet of water, it was easy to see a lot of detail on the old wreck. Our guests requested some more night sailing so we hauled back anchor again and sailed Thursday night bound for Rose Island where we spent all day Friday snorkeling the north shore.

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Enjoying Thanksgiving Under Sail on the Liberty Star in the BVI

Enjoying Thanksgiving Under Sail on the Liberty Star in the BVI

We just kicked off our season on the Liberty Star this past Sunday! We're having a blast so far and I can only imagine what treats that cook Sue has in store for us later today. We welcomed our guests aboard on Sunday evening at Red Hook and had a nice reception for them with some goodies from the galley and just one or two cold beverages...

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On Monday morning, we started the week sailing from St Thomas to Jost Van Dyke and were able to visit Bubbly Hole that morning before heading ashore to Foxy's for a fun filled Monday night...  On Tuesday, we sailed across to Virgin Gorda stopping a few times along the way and spent the night anchored in Gorda Sound. I loved swinging in a hammock for the afternoon ashore at Leverick Bay. Yesterday, we spent the night at Trellis and went ashore to listen to a band - loved it!  Today we find ourselves sailing to Norman Island, we're going into the treasure caves and then to the Willie T's tonight for a little post turkey celebration.

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Captain Jon Cook & the crew of the Liberty Star

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Schooner Maintenance, some fishy lunch aboard the high seas and a changing of the season!

Schooner Maintenance, some fishy lunch aboard the high seas and a changing of the season!

   

     While winter temperatures are coming (I saw snow on Sunday....), our two girls are nice and warm down South! The Liberty Star had a couple of upgrades put in, and is now sailing through the Bahamas, on her way to the BVI's and her first cruise of the year! These guys even had time to catch lunch yesterday....

Catching dinner while sailing on a tall ship

 

(From Left to Right: Erin, John, Clint and Seth)

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