Adventures with David & Gail

Vessel Name: Wildest Dream
Vessel Make/Model: Caliber 47 LRC
Hailing Port: Dallas, Texas
Crew: David & Gail Dodgen
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/wildestdream47
15 June 2013 | Dinner Key Marina, Miami, FL
20 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas Nat'l Park, Florida
18 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas, Florida
14 May 2013 | Puerto Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo, Mexico
10 May 2013 | Lighthouse Reef, Belize
05 May 2013 | Guatemala
01 May 2013 | Ram Marina, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
26 April 2013 | Livingston, Guatemala
23 April 2013 | French Harbor, Roatan, Honduras
20 April 2013 | Le Bight, Guanaja, Honduras
18 April 2013 | Vivorillo Cays, Honduras
10 April 2013 | Providencia, Colombia
01 April 2013 | Providencia, Colombia
23 March 2013 | San Andres
22 March 2013 | Off Nene's Marina, San Andres, Colombia
12 March 2013 | Red Frog Marina. Bastimentos
10 March 2013 | Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
10 March 2013 | Cruiser Casa, Panama City
10 February 2013 | Panama City, Panama
02 February 2013 | Red Frog Marina, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Recent Blog Posts
15 June 2013 | Dinner Key Marina, Miami, FL

My how time flies!

My how time flies! – Well, I must confess to being a little overwhelmed and getting mixed up into the real world pace again faster than expected. Here it is mid-June, we have been back in Miami for almost 3 weeks, back in our house for almost a week, and I have not updated the blog. My sincere apologies! [...]

20 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas Nat'l Park, Florida

Back in the US, kinda!

Back in the US, kinda! - We are on US soil! There is no immigration or customs office out here so there is no way to clear into the US. So we are kinda' illegal aliens! But we are flying our Q flag and no one seems to care. Or maybe they don't know what it means. Anyway, we are getting closer to [...]

18 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas, Florida

Isla and beyond!

Isla and beyond! - We stopped in Isla Mujeres to officially clear into Mexico, wait out some weather and do some provisioning. Actually US immigration really doesn't care about where we started from to reenter the US, and they don't ask for a Zarpe so we could have gone on to Florida without stopping [...]

14 May 2013 | Puerto Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo, Mexico

The last flag!

The last flag! - Having skirted along the outer cays and atolls of Belize, we headed north to Mexico. I went to the flag bag that we have been using for the whole trip to store our courtesy flags for each country and it only had one flag left. It was the Mexico flag. All the others had been used and [...]

10 May 2013 | Lighthouse Reef, Belize

Belize it or not!

Belize it or not! - Sorry. I could not resist! We planned an 18 month trip and we are now into the 18th month so it is time to head home. We have about 800 miles to go with Belize and Mexico yet on the itinerary. We could go nonstop or we could take our time. Or we could stop a few places as we [...]

05 May 2013 | Guatemala

Guate!

Guate! - The ride into Guatemala City, or Guate for short as the locals call it, takes you along the Rio Montagua river valley as it winds is way up to the mountains. The Rio Dulce is at sea level and Guate is at about 6000 ft. so the climb is steep at times. Plus it's mostly a rural two land road [...]

Bienvenidos a RD!

11 January 2012 | Ocean World Marina, Puerto Plata, DR
David
1/11/12 – Bienvenidos a RD! We made it! Not exactly as planned but we made it. After almost 900 miles of the small, low, level islands of the Bahamas and Turks & Caiscos, we are finally in a different kind of place. The country of the DR is a high altitude, lush green island visible from over 30 miles out. And the language and currency are different, too. So it is really different. But it is also easy to see why my cousin and her husband, Susie and Foy, have decided to build and retire here. The country side is beautiful.

We lost a day because of the overnight leg, took a nap yesterday, and then slept late this morning. I was filling in my log when I realized it was the 11th already. So it is Wednesday and we are here safe and sound in a nice slip at Ocean World. (Kinda’ like a mini-Atlantis wanna be! – for those not familiar with Atlantis, Google it in Nassau). But as to the crossing, I know you are all waiting to hear about that.

We obviously did not leave on Sunday afternoon as we had planned. The wind and wave forecasts were not good for Sunday/Monday but looked better for Monday/Tuesday. We stayed in the rolly “anchorage” (if that term could actually apply here) and didn’t leave the boat all day. Sleep was hard but since we were so tired we got a few more hours than the night before. Monday started off nice but still rolly. We actually went into the beach and took a walk around with the couple from Tariro. Check the gallery photos. It is a pretty place but the pictures really cannot show the anchorage conditions.

Tariro started the exodus by leaving at 1 pm because they are a little slower. We left at 3 pm with Nid’Ocean for the 90 mile leg to the Dominican Republic. The seas were still between 6-10 feet but the winds were almost perfect at 15-20 knots on a close reach. We clipped along sailing at 6-7 knots for the first 40 miles or so. Gail was fine. WD was in her realm. And the moon was full. At least we knew it was full but the sky had a heavy cloud layer so the seas had a dull grey about them. Not black, thank goodness, but not the bright moonlit night we were expecting.

We alternated watches after 8 pm but I couldn’t really sleep so I would come back and relieve Gail. Then when I couldn’t keep my eyes open I called for Gail to switch. We ended up doing about 2 hours on and 2 hours off until sunup. The seas cooperated and calmed down a little. The moon finally came out as hoped for. The radar showed a few squalls around and we got a quick fresh water washdown about midway. But then! The winds began to die and shift south. By now you all know what that means, right? Yep! Turn on the motor, push WD into the wind as much as possible and tack as little as possible. We ended up motor/sailing the last 12 hours until we arrived at 11 AM on Tuesday. That was a total of 20 hours averaging about 4.5 knots.

Immigration and customs went smoothly because the marina manager helps with the translations and escorted me to the different agents right in the marina office building. The DR is different because you actually have to clear in and out with the DR Navy. You must get a departure approval even to go the next town by boat. This is part of their effort to control their coastline for refugees and smuggling. We’ll see how much trouble it is as we move down the coast.

So, now on to the next part of the trip and that is to make it to the east end of the DR over the next few days while also visiting with a few friends, taking care of a little business, and doing some site seeing. Adios, hasta luego y que el viento te acompane!
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