Thursday, 28 May 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
St. Thomas is geared up for the cruise ships so the shopping is great, duty free. We anchored off the Yacht Haven Grande marina. When there are no cruise ships in port, the stores in the Havensight Mall at the marina are all closed.
Puerto Rico, its islands, Vieques and Culebra, and its people enchanted us from the start with charm, beauty, history, and most of all, a joie de vivre. No argument, the US territory of Puerto Rico is the Island of Enchantment! Fun times were had with Sunny and Blake, Slow Mocean doing some buddy-boating and crossed paths many times with friends on Spectra, Night Hawk and Astarte.
I had a lot of difficulty choosing images to share so as soon as I can I'll update the albums to include more of Puerto Rico. It's been a challenge in the last few weeks to find strong wifi connections as well as time to spend on the blog so while we have the chance we will do our best to bring it up to date.
Thanks for your comments and emails. We love to know you are traveling with us through the blog. Our friend Barry has joined us so we might just get him to post a thing or two as a guest writer!
For now, here's a look back at Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra......
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
I’m about to indulge myself with a little complaining. That’s right, I have some complaining to do.Easting for months on end is really getting boring. I see all the self-satisfied sailors heading west, sometimes flying brightly coloured spinnakers. Show-offs! They’re getting a free ride! The grass is greener, the sea is always bluer heading west with the Trades.
Although the sailing and sights have been wonderful on this gorgeous sunny day, our timing is now a little off and we don’t get any time to rest before heading out into the Passage.
We connect with Night Hawk and Anthem around 4pm on the VHF. They are about 4 hours ahead of us and finding the going a little tough. We continue on and hope conditions hold, at least.
Monday night and after 24 hours of hard slog, and our most frustrating crossing so far, we drag ourselves in to the anchorage in St. Martin in the dark and collapse in a wet, soggy heap. There’s water in the boat where there never was water before.
Tuesday we check in with Customs and Immigration and check into a marina. All we can do for the next few days in St. Martin is catch up on sleep, do laundry and dry out and put ourselves back together again. We are looking forward to picking up our friend Barry who’s arriving from Australia on Thursday. We’ll use the time also to enlist the help of Ray, Night Hawk, to check our rigging. It’s time too, to get the barnacles and marine growth scraped off the bottom. Maybe that will help.