Now that school is out, we’re planning to take a month-long kiteboard trip to the Bahamas. Our plan is to leave Stuart, Florida on our 38 foot center console and cross 60 miles of open ocean to the closest Island at the small settlement of West End. After we clear Bahamas Customs our plan is to head south to Chubb Cay where we’ll fuel up and then continue south to Nassau. After spending the night in Nassau our plan is to head south, island hopping through the gorgeous Exumas, kiteboarding along the way.
We’ve rented a house in Staniel Cay, which is about halfway down the Exuma chain. Staniel is very close to Norman Cay which where they tried to have the the infamous Fyre festival.
There are some amazing untouched perfect kite beaches in the Exumas. Billy Bosch, with 321 Kiteboarding in Cocoa, goes there a lot where he teaches on Over Yonder Cay. Hopefully we’ll be able to check out some of those amazing spots on our trip and get some good wind while we’re there.
After that we hope to keep heading south, and after spending the night in Clarencetown, head across the long 250 mile passage south to Turks and Caicos. The good news is that far south the Tradewinds blow strong and hard every day, averaging around 20 knots. On Long Bay, where all of the kite schools are located in Turks, the wind direction is PERFECT and there is about 5 miles of waist high sandy bottomed aqua clear water. Amazing.
The bad news is that once we head south from the Bahamas, that same wind kicks up the swell and waves which will make the 250 mile crossing in our center console sporty. We’re hopefully going to be travelling with our friend who will pave the way in his 60 foot Viking Sportfish which will make the dicey seas more manageable for our smaller boat.
Here’s a chart showing our planned trip. We’ll cross our fingers and hold our breath that we make it all the way to Turks. If so, we’ll post some epic photos of what we hope will be some amazing kiteboarding.