02 February 2009
We arrived in Chaguaramas at 21:30 local time on Friday 30 January 2009. The final approach passage via the narrow channel known as The Boca (Dragons Mouth) was done in pitch dark with Adrian at the helm and myself acting as "pilot". There was a strong current against us but Adrian manoeuvred the boat flawlessly through the channel and then through Chaguaramas Bay and the anchored and moored vessels, ending with parking Oceans Dream on the customs jetty without a hitch. Well done to Adrian as the bay and approach is a nightmare in navigation at night.
We spent the first night tied up to the customs dock after clearing customs. Fortunately the immigration office was closed and thus we could sleep the night tied to the customs jetty and then moved to CrewsInn Marina on Saturday morning after clearing immigration.
Luke and I will be spending the week here as our flight out is only on Sunday 8 February. So, we are assisting with rectifying some problems on the boat in between sampling the local brew and local food. Talking about the local brew, the humidity is so high that a person really needs a copious intake of fluid throughout the day to ensure your body does not get dehydrated. The photo above is Luke in his new disguise - beard, short hair and, of course, attending to his fluid intake.
So, from a wet Chaguaramas (yes, the heavens are still ensuring fresh water for the island), I bid you well and hope you have enjoyed my ramblings over the last month and a half. Until the next delivery, may you all keep well. John