Robert, a lad from Down-under
After Trish he lusted, no wonder
It led to “I Do”
Their love is still true
This match proved to be no blunder
Everyone says it's a waste of time taking a camera. There's no way you can get a picture of this natural wonder, especially on a moonless night and certainly not with a flash. Even so, I set out with camera in waterproof bag for the dinghy ride around the couple of headlands to the "special bay".
Where? The secluded bay of Puerto Mosquito in Vieques. When? Some dark night. Why? As Pavlidis says in his guide to Puerto Rico: "If there is something you must do in your lifetime it is to dive on a moonless night into the dark serene waters..... you will see the water splash up in a burst of millions of lights as if fireworks were sent up from the depths".
It is indeed true, "as you glide through the water you develop an eerie glow and when you resurface, thousands of sparkling lights remain on you for a brief moment". Sunny, Blake and Robert seem dazzled by the experience.
The jump off the East Coast U.S from the Gulf Stream and through the islands of the Bahamas are good training grounds for the trade winds. The Bahamas gets you 3 days of calm and then 4 days of 20 to 25 knt winds with the wind clocking like, well... clockwork. "Head south young man", says a voice in my head! We'll enjoy 20 to 25 knts every day and then as we do our "easting" through the northern part of the Caribbean, we'll really know we're sailing. We've graduated to Trade Winds sailing.
If getting bored with monotonous easterlies, we can spice up our lives with some "cape effect" sailing, providing an opportunity to drop into the washing machine. Waves bob and skip as the wind tries to counter all tacking efforts to make forward progress towards the next island. The wind will persist in all directions to land straight on our nose. Then to top it all off, why not throw in a little treat for young players; an early morning squall with a 30 knot gust or two. What we wouldn't do for a wind-less day.
So what is there to like about the Trades?
Bristol Rose has an extensive library of boat maintenance books.
As well as researching locations online, we pick up the free maps and brochures from visitor information centers. Cruising guides we have found helpful include: Doyle’s Cruising Guides to the Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago, and “A Cruising Guide to Trinidad and Tobago” by Stephen J. Pavlidis.
“Morgan Freeman & Friends Caribbean Cooking for a Cause” by Wendy Wilkinson and Donna Lee is constantly out of our bookshelf these days. Wandering through the markets and seeing the fresh tropical fruits and vegetables that are essential to the recipes inspires us to create some of the dishes featured in the book, as enjoyed by Morgan and his friends. The cookbook sprang out of the Grenada Relief Fund set up to help rebuild Grenada following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. See our food blog.
Trish enjoyed reading “The Grapes of Wrath” by Steinbeck.
“Rigged” by Ben Mezrich is “The true story of an ivy league kid who changed the world of oil, from Wall Street to Dubai” and provides an interesting look into the massive scale of development in Dubai.
“The Good Enough Teen” by Brad Sachs, Ph.D - recommended for parents of a teenager.