Adonai Guatemala to Florida
08 March 2017 | Rio Dulce Guatemala
Saturday : Feb 24 , 2017
Adonai departing from Nana Juana Marina located on the Rio Dulce in Guatemala was sent off at 6:30 a.m. by three sweet little birds fluttering onto the life line sending out a warm morning cheer. Aboard is a wonderful crew joining Captain Ted and Gail. Devon, Kaydee and Sarah have been filming a coffee documentary in Yepocapa, Chimaltenango to promote the future of coffee and the challenges of having a sustainable business. Josh a word race alumni is joining us for his second ocean crossing with BWS and Chrissy our woman of adventure always is ready with her hands on deck. and a gigantic smile.
Muted mist is across the horizon sending a glow across the water camouflaging the mountains in the background just waiting for the day to come. Adonai is heading down the river to Livingston to check out. Livingston is home to the Garifuna who are decedents of ship wrecked slaves. The community is colorful and quaint filled with smiles, good food and natural handcrafted goods.
It is peaceful and calm aboard Adonai as we pass though the canyon walls of the Rio Dulce. Egrets are delicately placed in the jungle foliage appearing as snowflakes of God’s precious grace. Dug out canoes are paddling past us as some are fishing while others are transporting families between tranquil villages that are nestled up tributaries tucked away in the vast wilderness of Guatemala's jungle.
Dropping anchor as we arrive Livingston I am looking out to Buga Mama’s home to the best coco-chino you will ever experience.Hoisting up our dingy is the final preparation for sea after clearing customs we are Florida Keys bound. Receiving good news of our paper work approved by the Guatemala government for BWS to be a legal nonprofit of Guatemala. Our work here is progressing what a joyful praise to take with us.
A beautiful afternoon sail arrives us to 16 23’N : 88 27’ W No Name Point at 7:46 p.m. Deciding to get a good night sleep with land insight the anchor hits the sea floor. Hot spaghetti is on the stove as the wind picks up I am grateful to be under the bright stars welcoming sleep.
A ball of fire is rising on the sea the new day breaks and we are free as the sound of the chain is lifting from the mysteries below, Adonai is underway. Breakfast is served looking out to scattered clouds of which we will soon meet, new life awaits.
Making way off the coast of Belize Kaydee unveils her talent as an aerial dancer twirling about off the boom hanging over the seas as they pass by. She is a living work of art giving praise to our creator for this very new day.
17 16’:87 90’ W apparent wind of 12 is in our favor with our speed over gourd is 8.2 and Belize City is due east. We are sailing under answered pray. This time of year the wind is apt to blow hard against you. As night falls the wind picks up and shifts. Adonai is now being jolted and tossed about a rough night is foreseen . Thankful to God as morning comes so does favor, the winds let up and switches back around sending us rolling smoothly along with the sea. Trolling lines go out as we approach Mexico. Beautiful porpoise greet us with playful wonder off the front bow and 4 mahi - mahi are reeled in being prepared for the pan. The wind is shifting along with rain approaching then bursting back to sunshine, our day is filled with variety. As the day closes we decided to tuck in behind Cozumel as the wind is starting to blast again. Checking the weather ahead forecasting reading 25 plus on our nose is not a very cheery out look! Spending the night with the anchor down is our hope for the worst to pass ahead, clearing our way to Key West a minimum of two days sailing off shore by passing Cuba.
Feb. 28 a blessed Tuesday it is early a.m. heading out into the rough seas “ping” is the sound tapping on the deck overhead of Ted, gracious Father of heaven sends the head of a sheered cotter pin! Thank you Lord for wisdom and discernment as the cotter pins holds the main stay to the mast a sure disaster in one hour if gone unnoticed. A miracle is witnessed on our behalf. Next the starboard engine starts choking the fuel filter is removed and cleared fixing the flow bringing relief to the engine to purr like a kitten again. Up the mast in heavy seas Ted was tossed out like a pendulum fortunate to be stopped by his knee which took a major slam on the way back to the mast, but not still swinging out of control. Blessing come in unusual forms not to be unnoticed by all. A partial repair was successfully made to get us to the calm waters of Isa Muejeres. This time Devon up the mast to to complete the task under a more favorable condition. It is late but we continue underway seas pounding but with a secure rig. Night falls and blessed again by diminishing winds.
22 23’:N 85 30’ W Passing Cuba we are way off shore having a hard time heading east but slowly making ground we are greeted again by beautiful porpoise carrying sweet joy and love. The ocean is calming brining relief to a few of us who are not rocking in harmony with the sea! Kaydee is making pancakes golden and delicious the sun is shining and the wind is down to 16 and falling until the sea is flat. Sargasso weed is passing by in her golden green beauty. All is uneventfully beautiful which means we are having a very good day with 170 more miles to go to Key West. So beautiful are19 porpoise counted playing on our bow wake again! Many are babies so tiny passing by such a kiss from heaven we are receiving. With the seas down and flat we are able to gain our needed east bound point.
Day comes and day goes blurring into each. More beauty with the calm ocean and it is enjoyable looking out from blue to blue rolling in such peace passing through by engine power. 40 miles more to Key West we are closing in on our destination 100 to Tavernier Fl. More precious porpoise 14 counted this time a wonderful greeting to our home waters. Night is falling with the wind starting to rage Duck Key is in sight. The Florida waters are littered with lobster buoys, wisdom says to stop we are so close but it is not worth a trap line in the dark of the night.
Early am the is wind blowing strong.The front will hit in a few hours. We motor our last miles into Tavernier safe at Captain Denis’s Red Neck Yacht Club. A joyous journey for sure with a wonderful group of now closer friends bonded by the sea and God’s glorious grace.