Enjoy this selection of excellent photos from ASA’s 2011 Exuma Islands flotilla, thanks to member Carole Walsh. This remote series of cays, known locally as the “Out Islands,” are one of our many popular flotilla destinations. It’s a very unique trip–you learn to sail small boats, camp on the beaches at night, and hang out with the local wildlife (see below). The folks on this trip earned their ASA 110 “Basic Small Boat Sailing” certifications, by the way, handling the gorgeous Sea Pearl 21 boats.
One of my favorite aspects of sailing in new locations is enjoying the local foods. Flotillas in Florida have gulf shrimp and stone crab, and flotillas in the Northwest have salmon and Dungeness crab. While in the Exuma Islands we were treated to grouper, hog fish, conch and mahi mahi, with one major difference: We participated in the harvest and preparation! Dallas was the expert and was patient with us as we gave first spearfishing and later deep sea fishing a try…way cool!
This video shows part of the group returning from a day on the reef. Some of us snorkeled while others helped Dallas and team catch the fish. Once we were ashore Dallas filleted the fish and cooked them perfectly on an open wood fire beachside. It doesn’t get fresher than this…fantastic!
Here flotilla participant Brent Yates poses with his speargun!
Stay tuned for more videos, pictures and anecdotes from ASA’s Exuma Islands flotilla!
Three weeks from today I’ll be touching my toes in the Adriatic, commencing ASA’s first-ever Croatia flotilla!
Jimmy Tanaka, an ASA Instructor, just returned from his own sailing trip in Croatia, and shared this video with me of his HD photos from the trip. Talk about heart-racing anticipation!
I also wanted to announce that ASA’s 2011 flotillas are now officially posted. In addition to the perennially popular San Juan and Gulf Islands flotillas, we’ll be repeating this year’s new Exuma Islands flotilla, as well as adding a new destination–Tahiti! (Which, by the way, is a KILLER deal.) I know you’re not all going to sign up just yet, but keep these dates in mind as you’re thinking about next year’s vacation plans. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the summer sailing season!