My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip

In grade school, I was staff on every school newspaper through high school. I’ve always liked to write, and in 1977, I submitted an article about cruising the Bahamas to the sailing giant magazine “Cruising World.” They published it, and a lifetime of writing has followed. At the time I wrote it, I was eight years old. This year marks 45 years of writing for me, and I still love it. For fun, here’s that early article, my “Throwback Thursday.”

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip
Cover of the November 1977 issue of “Cruising World.”

Shoreline

Kim Goes Foreign

My name is Kim and I am eight years old. One summer my family and I cruised the Bahamas on our boat, Albatross.

We went from Palatka, Florida, on the St. Johns River, to Jacksonville, to the Intracoastal Waterway, and headed south. There were lots of pretty houses along the way. At Hutchinson Island we stopped and anchored and went to a nautical museum. They had all kinds of things from boats there. Also there was a sea turtle hatchery and the best thing was a great big sea turtle.

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip
Pearson 300 – not a true pilothouse sloop, but definitely distinct looking!

Bimini

From Fort Lauderdale, we went to Bimini. The water there was pretty because you could see the fish and shells at the bottom. At low tide we went to a sand bar on the edge of the Grand Bahama Bank to find shells. I like to look for sea shells. The Bahamas are a very good place to find sea shells and go beachcombing.

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip
I was fortunate to go cruising the Bahamas every summer of my youth until college when I discovered the schooners in Maine and worked summers there. After college, it was back to the Bahamas as often as possible for me for the next several decades! I think this photo was taken near Cat Cay on my grandparent’s fishing boat “Aquavavit.”

Gun Cay and Chub Cay

When we left Bimini we went fishing, and I caught a trigger-fish. Then we went and anchored at a wrecked ship and went swimming and snorkeling. After that we spent the night at near Gun Cay. We went from Gun Cay across the Grand Bahama Bank to Chub Cay and had to stay there for a week waiting for a part for the engine. Daddy fixed the engine and we left for Nassau.

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip
I stumbled across the archived issues Cruising World from 1977.
The advertisements are a delight, as are the articles and photos.

Nassau New Providence

In Nassau we went shopping. I bought a turtle necklace, a straw doll and some necklaces made of seeds for my friends at home. And we stayed to see the Goombay. The Goombay was a lot of Bahamians in bright colored costumes dancing in the street. There was a lot of loud music.

They also had Bahamian food along the sidewalk. I had some conch fritters and some Goombay punch. The fritters were peppery. We also went to Fort Charlotte. I liked to climb all around the fort. I didn’t go down in the dungeons because it was too dark and scary.

Royal Island

Next we went to Royal Island. On the island there was a bunch of old houses, with fancy tiles on the floors, that nobody lived in. And there were cisterns. We took lots of showers with some water from the cisterns. In the harbor were big barracudas, so we didn’t go swimming.

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip
My article ran opposite a Zodiac advertisement! How appropriate. We had an Avon Redcrest in the beginning of our cruising adventures. Eventually I think we upgraded to a Zodiac.

Spanish Wells

Spanish Wells is near Royal Island. There were goats running free on a little island near Spanish Wells. There were all different colored goats, they were so cute.

Little Harbor

At Little Harbor I saw some caves. It was exciting to go in the caves. One had bats in it an da hole in the roof where the bats would fly out. And there were mosquitos too. I liked to watch the bats. They were furry and they made little noises. They clung together on the roof of the cave and didn’t like it when we shined the flashlight at them. They’d go flying everywhere.

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip
The full-page advertisement right before my article was one for Pearson Yachts. Our Albatross was a 30-foot Pearson. Since then, I’ve put over 5,000 hours on a couple Pearson sloops while working for a sailing school and charter company in Florida.

Man O’War

It was nice at Man O’War Cay. There were pretty homes. Some of the houses had coral and shells and glass floats decorating their front yards. Also we saw places where they were building boats. I thought it was interesting to watch them building and painting the boats.

West End Grand Bahama

At West End we’d get ice cream cones in the evenings. Ummmm, the ice cream was good and cold! We didn’t have much ice on our trip so that cold ice cream was delicious.

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip
The Pearson 300 layout.

Work and Play

I didn’t just play all the time on our trip. Sometimes I had to work, like steering the boat, but it was fun to steer. I had to make my bunk, too, and sweep the cabin floor. When we would dock I had to take care of the dinghy so that it wouldn’t bump the pilings. Also I had to put the rope and anchor chain in the locker when my daddy would pull up the anchor. Sometimes I liked to work, but sometimes I didn’t feel like it.

I liked going to the Bahamas; I had lots of fun. I don’t know where we’re going next summer, but my daddy says we might go north next time.

– Kim Walther

Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip

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Sail Bahamas, My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip

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