A Clean Windshield and a Shoeshine
13 March 2010 | Simpson Bay, St Maartin NA
I am ready to go. All the shopping is done. everything is stowed. I have done most of the provisioning for the San Juan to Georgetown trip plus my own for the next two weeks. I have some shiny new lures for the trip (hey, I am determined)
The boat is ready to go now that I fixed the broken latch on the freezer lid. I could not find the same size latch on the island so I bought 2 new ones and modified the lid. There is a reason you need to travel with a Dremmel on board.
The laundry (six weeks of sheets and towels) is put away.
I checked out of Customs and Immigration yesterday.
The only thing left is to fuel up and I will do that on the way out of town.
It's about a 90 miles to Virgin Gorda and Spanishtown, where I need to check into the BVI's. So the plan, is to leave later in the afternoon and get catch the 5:30 bridge out of the lagoon and sail over night arriving around dawn. I will be doing the overnight passage solo.
I have been reading all the guides, plotting all the waypoints and trying to get familiar with the area as this will be my first trip to the BVI's and the USVI's. I have until the 27th to show up in Puerto Rico to pick up the guys for the next leg through the T&C's and onto GeorgeTown.
Feels kinda weird to be leaving St Martin this time, as I may not be back for quite awhile. I've gotten to know it pretty well and have met some very nice people here. It's a great place to hang out but it's too inviting sometimes, causing many people to stay here, forgetting why they came in the first place... to sail and explore.
So now it's time to move on....further North (did I really say that).
I'll keep the spot on for ya.