04/12/2012, off the Haiti DR border
We have fun most of the 15 miles between Ile A Vache and Cabo Rojo under power becasue there were winds less than 5knots on the nose. This, although tedious and loud was fine as the normals winds here are the Tradewinds which blow at 20 knots out of the east.... on our nose.
04/12/2012, West of Cape Beata, DR
We have had a couple wonderful days. Lily is visiting with her friend Paul. We have been "stuck" here because there are gale force winds on the east side of the cape. So here we sit at 17 48.745'n 071 38.240'w with the most amazing beach, maybe 5 miles long, white and deserted. We went ashore early today so we could play on the beach before the sun was too hot.
Walky & IsobelLara
Of all the numerous guys that came out to greet and ask for work or offer goods for sale, Walky was my personal favorite.
04/10/2012, Ile a Vache, Haiti
Some of you may know that one reason we came to Ile A Vache was to bring some used sails for the local fishermen who make there sails out of whatever they can find. We delivered them this morning to Wagner Tanis, who is one of the organizers and coordinators here. The other thing we have found is that there are guys who are willing to do anything for a few dollars. The going rate is about a $2 per hour and we have had 4 guys on the boat all day cleaning and polishing. They are all very sweet and work hard.
Sails For Sustenance04/10/2012
The 3 duffels of sails are finally delivered from the non-profit Sails for Sustenance, based in Coral Gables. Wagner Tannis of Friends of Ill e Vache will distribute to the most needy fisherman who will cut and build new sails for their boats. Great use for old sails - Keep them in mind next time you're replacing sails!
Fuel Delivery Haitian Style04/10/2012
We've motored more recently than planned, so some extra fuel sounded like a smart idea. Mackede took multiple water taxis & motor bike taxi to bring us fuel from the mainland.
I call they guys naughty not because they were doing anything wrong, but because they were just having so much fun & being boys! They were jumping from the boats, eating mangoes, laughing, throwing mango pits at their friends in the water. All this in view from the market.
Sugarcane at market...
Local fisherman's sailing boats04/09/2012
Local fisherman's sailing boats with backdrop of Ill e Vache. The fisherman use any material they can find to build sails, even pieces of plastic sewn together quilt style.
Market at Madame Bernard04/09/2012
Local boats abound near the market. Much of the goods are brought from the mainland in Les Cayes
April 2013, Guna Yala, Panama