Trinidad and Tobago
18 September 2013
10 Degrees from the Equator
It was a wet dingy ride against waves and wind to clear customs. By noon on Monday the anchor was up and we were motoring out between the reefs, heading south. The plan was to sail to Tobago! We couldn't get there under sail without several long tacks, and motoring 10 hours was out of the question. We changed course a few degrees and sailed right up to the cut into Chagauramas (Trinidad). A nearly full moon, a beam reach and wind around 18 knots with an occasional squall. Out Of Africa and another boat were all close in speed to us so we could keep in contact.
Our chart plotter allows us to overlay radar on top of the electronic chart and track ship traffic within our radius. Rain appears as well and we can determine whether or not to reduce sail before it hits, it is a great feature. We passed between the two big oil rigs, Poinsettia and Hibiscus, all lit up like floating cities. It reminded me of the movie Water World!
Overall, a great sail.
After clearing customs we visited with several folks we know. Tonight is a BBQ/pot luck to get caught up on news. The sad thing about leaving one port is the good thing about entering another: friends! This is a very active port for cruiser activities, pot luck dinners, dominoes, field trips, etc. Many boats stay here the entire hurricane season.
Today we had our boat hauled and stored on the hard for our next adventure. We will do a bit of work on her when we return. Stay tuned.....