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Sunrise: Chasing the dream
Life filled with adventure, both actual and spiritual.
dodging squalls
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.

most of the nights watch was for little squalls which were popping up around us. we successfully dodged most of them. the worry is not the rain but the lightning or increased winds. We saw no lightning last night and in the few squalls we were forced through, only wind as high as 15 knots... so all is well and we will be in Cabo Rojo in a couple hours...

17 56.100'n 071 53.531'w

04/12/2012 | Uncle Readie
The "red cape" and the "bay of eagles". How exotic!
04/12/2012 | Jim and Jeannie Lea
Hi following your blog, are you headed to Panama?? We met you a few years ago in the eastern US, Maine, Mass etc. We have been cruising in Panama for the last two seasons , great area.
Walky & Isobel

Of all the numerous guys that came out to greet and ask for work or offer goods for sale, Walky was my personal favorite.

Helping out
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.

One error I made was to allow an additional two guys start work this afternoon... the orginal 4 where upset and finally I had to give them their pay for an hour and send them off... Management again! And all done in french... which is really their second language, something that some of them learn in school. Wow... what a deal!

A happy moment at break time with bread, butter & honey, followed by... you guessed it - mangoes!

Sails For Sustenance

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!

04/16/2012 | Mike Carcaise
Great photo! Thank you for transporting the sails and spreading the word. We would be happy to provide sails to other travelers heading toward Haiti.
Fuel Delivery Haitian Style

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.

Naughty boys

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.

Market Sugarcane

Sugarcane at market...

Local fisherman's sailing boats

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 Bernard

Local boats abound near the market. Much of the goods are brought from the mainland in Les Cayes

Arrived in another world
04/09/2012, Ile La Vache, Haiti

We arrived yesterday at around 5 pm. After motoring for 24 hours plus, we had a great sail, close hauled in the lee of Haiti the last few hours... turning down wind to drift into Baie a la Feret and Port Morgan. We were greeted by several dug out canoes that were painted up with wonderful colors... and some men with big smiles and offers of coconut, mangos and guided trips to market. We have serveral days of very fair weather to explore the island. We traveled 356 nautical miles non-stop to get here.

04/09/2012 | Uncle Readie
"Ile-a-Vache may call you..." (apologies to Rogers & Hammerstein :) Port Morgan is named for the privateer (pirate) Henry Morgan.
04/10/2012 | Maxwell & Jen Williamson
Hey Guys! So glad you had a great passage, we are looking forward to your tales! Be safe and well!

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