Hi! Lindsay here. I am the daughter of Price and Gail and I have the honour, and privilege, of being one of the first guests on board Panache!
Mom and Dad have spent countless hours over the last couple months prepping the boat in Florida for this grand adventure. There are still many items on the “Boat List” to tackle and getting their blog up and running is just not top of the list at this stage. As such, I have decided to get the ball rolling and create this “starter blog” so family and friends can track their progress. Eventually Dad will get the main website up and it will supersede this one. At that time, he will also include a number of posts that cover the work done on the boat and various other technical issues.
Here is a quick summary of what they’ve been up to since they left Vancouver for Florida on November 1st.
November and December were spent at Harbour Towne Marina in Ft. Lauderdale getting Panache outfitted for a circumnavigation.
On January 12th they set sail for the Bahamas. The Gulf Stream crossing was rough and they were very thankful to have Richard Widmann on board. Richard is a professional delivery skipper who has helped many Leopard owners get acquainted with their new boats. They made landfall at West End on Grand Bahama and were greeted by our good friends, Greg and Nichole Holmes. After a few days of adjusting to life afloat, Greg joined them as they sailed around to Port Lucaya on the south side of Grand Bahama. The Holmes’ have a house in Freeport and were wonderful hosts and a great help with boat chores.
Next they ventured south to the Berry Islands, which are apparently beautiful small islands with gorgeous beaches. Things you could only dream of. Too bad for them, they had to leave to pick me up in Nassau, New Providence. (Sorry!)
It’s January 21st and we are waiting out a storm in a marina at Lyford Cay. The boat is all tied down and getting a good shower from the rain. We are fixing up some things around the boat and getting this site up and running. More details to come on all of the great adventures they have had so far (I will let them speak to these) and hopefully more to come as we sail through the Exumas.