06/13/2011, Cockburn Harbor, South Caicos!
It's a skinny cut between Dove Cay and Long Island into Cockburn Harbor and there are not that many spots to anchor close to shore in this crystal clear shallow bay. We made three attempts to anchor with not enough water nor enough sand to hold our hook. We are seriously thinking about one thing...sleeping! Not food, not customs...just getting back and crashing.
We got the dingy down...headed to shore in record time!
It's the queens birthday...yep, nothing open. Customs and immigration are closed up tight. Somehow we have the uncanny luck to arrive on a weekend or a holiday! We are just going to fly the quarantine flag and call it a day!
We found Darrel, Danny, Mr. Edgar Claire, Whitfield (a firefighter too) and Cleaver. We were the beneficiaries of hospitality from Danny and Darrel of Sea View Cafe and Grill where we some sausage (baloney fried) and eggs and we got 'stories' from Whitfield and Edgar as entertainment while we ate. Cleaver remembered us from our three day soiree three years ago when we crossed the Caicos Bank and bought some conch. We are truly blessed.
It didn't take us long to pull up anchor and move over to Long Island. We got the 'cruiser skinny' from Stephen Pavlidas' guide and I can not wait to check out Mae's Bed and Breakfast. We will jump on that manana, maybe.
This is Whitfield...what a character!
06/12/2011, Mouchoir Bank
Still no wind. The little bit we have is wreaking havoc on the main that we are keeping up for the only reason which is to steady the boat from the excessive roll.
I decided to throw the fishing line out and get a dorado, or whahoo, or tuna, SOMETHING! There's seaweed, birds and I'm stoked. I fought that darned fish forever...the rod was bending, the fish was fighting me, and I was playing it as I've been taught over the years. it was just what we needed to spice things up!
It was seaweed! Just couldn't believe it! Imagination is a curious thing sometimes! Everything is interesting when approached with wonder, desire and love. Guess I wasn't a good student of fishing.
06/11/2011, Silver Bank
We are desperate to sail, but got what we asked for, mild weather, small seas, biiiiigggg looooong swells and a lot of what we didn't ask for...sweltering heat!
When we travel overnight or for more than a 24 hour day...we wind up getting in the sleeping groove just about the time we arrive at our destination. We are tired. It's day 3 of the big ocean passage and my honey needs to be at the top of his captainship...he needs sleep.
I'm the comfort queen! I strapped him with the boomvang bridle and tied him to the winch, brought his pillows from the v-berth, tied the 12v fan above his head and he finally started to snore.
06/10/2011, North of Puerto Rico
We really have fond memories of Puerto Rico and that's just what it's gonna be for now, a superb memory. We can still see that lush, colorful, Spanish speaking, vibrant country, off our port bow, but it's getting fuzzy. It will have to be from an airplane the next time!
This is day 2 of the 4 day passage we have begun with South Caicos as a way-point until we see how we lie toward the wind, how tired we are and whether or not anything unexpected arises! We also realize that the weather sites are bang on accurate...NO WIND! The other big points worth mentioning, I think anyway, is that we have settled into the cadence of the sea, as rolly as she is, nothing has gone bang in the night, not a whale, not a container, nor any such frightening obstacle that right now is only in our (my) mind. The roar of the ocean undulating under our hull is like the earth breathing.
This is what I exclaimed @ 5:30a other than "it's your watch" ."Honey, you've got to see this"!!!!
Absolutely breathtaking and panorama shots do not one spec of justice to this sunrise!
Every weather site we use...all of them: Chris Parker, Wunderground, Passage Weather and Windfinder agree...it's time to go! It's going to be calm...very still actually! The seas are down and we are leaving in the am.
We came back out here to Dakity, just inside the reef to clean the water line....OMG...what a garden! The bay near town was very nutritious!!! We also need a bottom job! I took care of that and my amazing captain dove the prop and the rudder! We're ready!
This is a biggie for us! We have historically taken baby steps for three years now and we are about to change that!
We will shoot for the Turks and Caicos! It should be a very fun passage with the little wind we have finally behind us or off our quarter instead of on the nose!
06/03/2011, Still sitting in Culebra!!!!
We are not making any northerly action with this! GREAT! Just what we don't need! Guess we'll sit and wait now! OK, we don't know how to sit!
Dudley and Bec