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The Marco Bay Yacht Club’s Abaco Islands Adventure

Seven boats from the Marco Bay Yacht Club start their 3 week adventure, some boats leaving on or before April 14, stopping first in Marathon, then Ft. Lauderdale. 

The Abaco Islands lie in the Northern Bahamas – 180 miles east of south Florida. They comprise the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, along with smaller barrier cays (pronounced keys).

On April 16th, all 7 boats meet up spending the first night at the Old Bahama Bay Marina located in West End, Grand Bahama Island, only 80 miles from Ft. Lauderdale.

West End, also referred to as Settlement Point, is the oldest town and westernmost settlement on the Bahamian island of Grand Bahama. It is the current capital of Grand Bahama. It is also the third largest settlement in the Bahamas.

April 17 it’s off to Spanish Cay to spend the day and night in its beautiful 3-mile long paradise of tropical beaches and palm groves, surrounded by boundless horizons of aquamarine waters and pristine coral reefs.  Here members of the yacht club sign a tee shirt and leave it as a souvenir proudly hung on the ceiling at the marina’s bar and grill.

The 3rd day they settle in at Marsh Harbor’s Boat Harbor Marina for 5 nights. 

From there, many ferries are available to take to places like the famous Nippers on Great Guana Cay, where fun was had by all. 

Tomorrow, off to Man-O-War Cay to visit the boat museum, where early Loyalist settlers started the tradition of handcrafting boats more than two centuries ago.

Only about 300 people live on the skinny, 2½-mile-long Man-O-War Cay, many of them descendants of the first settlers.

On the 23rd 10 more members will be flying in and meeting in Treasure Cay,

more pictures to follow.

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