Archive for March, 2008

Entry for March 29, 2008

March 29, 2008

It’s now Thursday morning and we’ve had a couple of VERY laid-back days in Sapodilla Bay. We sill haven’t left the boat since Boqueron, Puerto Rico 5 days ago. But, tonight we’ve been invited over to Panacea for a pot-luck and cocktails so we’ll get a little time off Second Wind. It’s funny but it won’t be too different. Panacea is an Endeavour ketch and laid out exactly like Second Wind. It should feel like home to us.

We’ve had intermittent wi-fi Internet in the harbor so it’s given us a chance to catch up on the world, post the blog and check on weather forecasts. It looks like we’ll be leaving here either tomorrow or Saturday when we have about a 3 day weather window for good sailing. We’ll be heading toward Georgetown and the Exumas before running north to the Abacos. Our struggle is to decide between spending time seeing places we missed on the way down with shorter day sails or going longer distances to take advantage of the small weather windows. Knowing our past history, we’ll probably book along and do the longer miles. We are definitely “Globe Trotters” (as Bruce Van Sant would call us) because we enjoy the passages more than settling down for weeks in different places to sightsee and visit.

Well, Saturday afternoon and we’ve done another 192 miles in 31 hours.. I’m really liking this westward sailing!! Up at 5:30 am, coffee and breakfast made, and off the hook by 6:30 we’re on our way to either Rum Cay or Long Island(not NY- Bahamas) depending on speed, winds and weather, we decide these things as we go!..

Saturday, late afternoon, and Bill is now sacked out for some much needed rest, we switched watch schedules and I’m taking it that it didn’t work out so well. Option, options, options.. we’ll probably go back to our original watch hours the next time we do an overnight or two. We arrived in Rum Cay around 2 pm, not making it to the Northwest anchorage of Long Island.. I think all of us.. we are still traveling with Panacea, Merlin, Sursha, and now Rassi had had enough of the seas and wanted to have a good nights rest.. We’ll head to Georgetown, Bahama’s tomorrow am, getting there in about 8-10 hours, settling into a secure bay for a stretch of weather that is predicted to be quite nasty – squalls and winds and seas that make us cruisers stay put…

So this afternoon, with the sun high in the sky, we were able to make our way past coral heads and sand patches until we came within ½ mile of the shore and dropped anchor in 10 feet of crystal clear waters.. As I’m dropping the anchor, a nurse shark swims by the boat, and I mention it to Bill as we are on our headsets.. ohhhhh he says.. I’m assuming he won’t be diving down on the anchor to make sure it has set well. So when he backs down hard on it with the engine, we are securely anchored in a nice sandy base..

I had heard through the grapevine that there might be internet here , free.. so I checked it out an here we are.. small world, aint it??

Later Gaters.. catching up on sleep and we’ll catch up with you in Georgetown.


Entry for March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008

End-of-passage party in Provo, Caicos after 381 miles from Boqueron, Puerto Rico. Don’t we all look happy?!?

Entry for March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008

Momma and baby dolphins playing next to the boat while underway from Puerto Rico to Caicos.

Entry for March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008

Oh gosh.  Where do I begin to detail the past 3-4 days?  I’ll try to remember as much as I can and write it down in order.

Saturday morning we departed Boqueron, Puerto Rico at 10 am.  Sursha (sp?) had left about 2 hours earlier, Merlin was right with us and Panacea had just came into sight (they left the south PR coast a couple hours earlier).  As we motored away from Puerto Rico, we reminisced about the great times we had and the good friends we were leaving behind.  Puerto Rico seems like the beginning of the beautiful Caribbean chain and we were leaving it after a year of beautiful cruising.

The winds were light and somewhat on the nose.  We had the main and mizzen sails up but they were not doing much of anything.  Laura commented about no matter what direction we sailed, the wind almost always seemed to be on the nose.  This “rouge” wind was caused by the mountains on the west coast of Puerto Rico and was unexpected.  Winds from the northwest in the Caribbean?  There must be a hurricane coming or something ….

Two hours later we were able to roll out the jib and turn off the engine.  The winds had clocked to the south and we were sailing along at 6-7 knots on a nice broad reach (winds just behind our beam).  The north swell that had been as much as 18 feet just 3 days ago had settled to 6 feet with a very long interval.  The boat just was picked up and put down very slowly and we wouldn’t have even noticed if we couldn’t see the waves.  We set course for the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic and settled down for our first day at sea.  A short time later we watched a pod of 4 dolphins play around the boat.  They were zooming underneath us and playing in the bow wave.  Two of them looked like a mother and baby swimming together.  The water was so clear we could see them come at the boat and swim under us from a long distance.  Laura took some great pictures and I’ll try to post one with this blog.

We were passing the Hourglass Shoal off the DR coast just after sundown.  Merlin was only 2 miles off our port beam and I noticed Ralph had turn on her tri-color running lights at the top of the mast.  Just as I took my eyes away (I was munching a spaghetti dinner) I saw a light over Merlin’s mast that was twinkling and brighter than a star.  I watched as it fell into the sea 10-15 second later.  I thought to myself, “Maybe that was an emergency flare from a boat in trouble.”  I called Merlin on the marine radio but they hadn’t seen anything.  I then called Panacea who was 4 miles behind us.  They hadn’t seen it either.  I was pretty sure of what I had seen so I called the Coast Guard in Puerto Rico and reported it.  Oh boy.  That started a drama that played out over the next 4-5 hours.

The Coast Guard asked me a bunch of questions and while I was answering them I saw three more flares in about 5 minutes.  Both Ralph on Merlin and John on Panacea also saw them and reported what they saw on the radio.  Now the Coast Guard was very interested and not more than 10 minutes later I received a call on the marina radio from a “Coast Guard Aircraft” heading into the area.  They must have been already in the sky when I called.  I directed them to the general area of where I saw the flare.  15-20 minutes later I received another call on the radio from a “Coast Guard helicopter” who was also joining the search. 

While this was happening, John, Ralph and I noticed lights in the sky farther away near the Dominican Republic coast.  We saw that these lights were probably fireworks from cities on the coast but they didn’t explode like fireworks – they just went up, hung there awhile then came back down.  I reported this to the Coast Guard and mentioned that the lights we originally saw were similar to these but I was pretty sure they came from the direction of the ocean and not the shore.   The search continued until after midnight when we were out of range of the PR Coast Guard radio.  I could hear them but they couldn’t hear me (they have BIG transmitters!).  At one point in the night we could hear the Coast Guard helicopter call a boat that was stopped (fishing?) on the Hourglass Shoal.  They asked if the boat was ok (they said they were) and then asked if they had seen or fired any flares.  It seemed to take them a long time to answer but eventually they said, “No”.  I still wonder if this fishing boat fired off a few flares to celebrate the Easter weekend.

Things eventually calmed down and we touched base with Merlin and Panacea every few hours during the full moon-lit night.   Sursha had pulled out ahead (they left earlier and ran their engine more) and we eventually lost radio contact with them around 14 miles apart.  

Sunrise on Easter morning found us 140 miles from Puerto Rico sailing 10 miles from the Dominican Republic coast.  There were squalls in the area and it rained hard on us for about 10 minutes (a good boat wash!).   We were motoring as the winds had died completely which is unusual in squally weather.  Around 1 pm the winds picked back up from the southeast and we shut down the engine for almost the next 24 hours.  The skies gradually cleared during the day.

We had planned on stopping at one of the DR anchorages for at least a few hours since our speed would have brought us into the Caicos banks in the middle of the night.  Merlin decided to join us while Panacea pressed on.   Ralph steered Merlin toward the Rio San Juan anchorage but found it to be very rolly with the waves breaking almost all the way up to the beach.  We decided there was no rest for us there so we turned back to a northwest heading for the night.   Both Laura and I were looking forward to a few hours of semi-calm sleep since we only slept a few hours (I don’t’ think she slept at all) the night before with the boat rolling in the following sea.  Oh well – just like

hunger makes the best sauce, a missed night’s sleep makes the best sleeping pill.  We’ll sleep better tonight.

Once again the night was fairly uneventful with a beautiful full moon coming up after only about an hour of darkness.   We sailed along a little north of our preferred course which made it easier to keep the sails full and stop them from banging.  We had ½ jib, full main swung all the way out with a preventer to the bow and the mizzen up.   We were running 6-7 knots with 10-12 knots of apparent wind from behind us.  Merlin and Panacea took a more direct route and kept their engines running through the night. 

By early morning we were pretty far north so we jibbed south of our preferred course (heading more west) to get back near our correct track.  It took awhile to raise Merlin and Panacea on the radio but we eventually found them 11 miles to the south and a little ahead of us.  We ended up at the south Caicos waypoint only 5 miles behind them – a great example of sailing a little away from your course to pick up speed.  They had motor-sailed through the night while our engine had a good night’s sleep.

By mid-morning the winds had almost completely died so we had to run our engine too.  The seas were still in the 6-7  foot range from our starboard stern quarter which made for quite a bit of roll in the boat.  We left the mail and mizzen up with hopes they would calm the boat down a little.  We motored for the rest of the day as the seas gradually subsided.  By 4 pm we were gliding along with only an occasional swell moving us a little from side-to-side.  We pulled in the main and sheeted the mizzen tight to help stop whatever roll was left.

After we rolled in the mainsail, Laura said, “Want to put out the fishing pole?”  I was pretty tired from not much sleep in the past 2 nights but I said I would help her if she wanted to fish.  Just before dropping the lure in the water she spit on it twice for luck.  (We frequently forget to “spit on the lure” and usually those are the days we get skunked.)  Not more than 5 minutes later the line goes, “ZING!” and Laura jumps on the back deck to reel in the fish.  After a little awkwardness with controlling the drag and setting the hook she starts reeling.  We had stopped the engine but this fish was pulling hard.  She eventually gave me the rod and I started a 20 minute battle to bring the fish up to the boat.  We landed a nice, 10 pound tuna which we put to sleep with “Old Grand Dad” whiskey.    I filleted the tunie into 4 nice size hunks and we put the line back out because we figured we didn’t yet have enough fish to feed all 9 of us from the 4 boats.   It wasn’t so quick this time but about 20 minutes later the line went “ZING!” again.  I quickly pulled in a 4 foot Barracuda.  Laura bravely kneeled down on the swimdeck with a pair of pliers and pulled the lure out of the double set of large, thrashing teeth.   I wish I could have taken a picture of her down there pulling the lure.  Barracuda have the largest teeth of any fish their size and look pretty mean.

We put the lure back out (slightly more mangled then before we started fishing) but no more luck as the sun set into the west.  Oh well, we had about 4 pounds of fresh tuna which we were happy the sea provided.

We finally arrived at French Cay on the west Caicos banks at 1 am Tuesday morning.  Merlin and Panacea had arrived about 2 hours earlier and were fast asleep as we slowly motored by and dropped our anchor ¼ mile away.   This was a very open anchorage which we had picked because it would be easy to drop the hook in the dark.   It didn’t take us long to move all our gear below for the night and pop into a nice, non-moving bed for a change.  Just as I was wondering if I was too wound up to sleep, the alarm went off at 7 am so I could check the weather on our shortwave radio.  I don’t think I moved at all in the night.

By 8 am all four boats were underway.  Sursha had left already and we couldn’t even see them on the horizon.  Panacea led Merlin and Second Wind motored up the Caicos banks for the 15 miles trip to Sapodilla Bay.   We were motoring into the light winds on very calm waters only 11-15 feet deep.  A short time later squalls came into our area and the wind picked up to 20 knots.  Our speed dropped to 2-3 knots as the boat started bashing into the 2-3 foot, windswept waves.  Just as I was thinking we were in for a long day of 2 knot motoring, the wind fell off about 50 degrees – just enough for us to roll out some jib.  With ½ jib sheeted in tight the boat picked up speed to 6 knots.  I was a little in awe thinking about what we just did.  We were using about 45 horsepower from our diesel to move the boat at 2 knots through these waves and just a couple hundred square feet of light canvas against the wind brought the 40,000 pounds of boat (and us!) to 6 knots.  Geez!

We continued to motor-sail through the squalls and anchored in Sapodilla bay at 11:15 am.  We had covered 381 miles in 66 moving hours – almost a 6 knot average.  We also sailed with the engine off for 30 hours and burned about 35 gallons of diesel.   In the past 7 days from Salinas, we had covered the same distance that took us 27 days on the trip out last year.  Also we burned 120 gallons of diesel going against the wind, current and waves last year to cover the same distance.  We’re good, huh?

Good morning all (Wed am), after a day of just getting our “bearings” and catching up on a bit of sleep (well at least Bill got a nap in), we invited our traveling companions (Panacea, Merlin, and Sursha) over to share fresh tuna munchies and cocktails. It was good to meet everyone in person, as for the past four days we had only known them by boat names and voices..  we really enjoy hearing where everyone is from, where they are heading and what future plans they have.  Panacea is a sister ship to ours, a 42 foot Endeavor. John had actually been on our boat years ago, when it was named Neverland, two previous owners ago.  Just when you thought the world was so big, with miles of ocean having been crossed and numerous islands explored, you find out “it’s a small world after all.”  Everyone had left by about 9 pm and after cleaning up dishes and straightening up the cockpit, Bill and I enjoyed a small glass of wine, while we reminisced of sailing times and friends we’ve made.. and also discussed our next move. It looks as if we won’t have a weather window to leave here until Friday morning, so we’ll make the best of our time here. We had considered not checking in here, but it looks as if our plans change (I love the flexibility in our lives!) We’ll go check in later today, maybe do a bit of exploring on foot, then head to a pot-luck dinner at a nearby marina this evening. They even send a van for anyone in this bay that’s interested in the dinner..  might as well kick back and enjoy life!

Entry for March 21, 2008

March 21, 2008

Thursday afternoon and we’ve mostly just been chillin’ today. Yesterday we left the marina in Salinas around 11 am and motor/sailed to Ponce, there wasn’t a very strong wind. It was about 3 pm when we got there and we had to wait about 15 minutes for space on the fuel dock , then about 30 minutes to fuel up and we were on our way again. We had about another 18 miles to go and although it was going on for 4:00, Bill said we’d be able to anchor right before it got dark. The sun is setting a bit later as we are farther north now, but I was a bit apprehensive, as I knew that we had to round a reef in order to get into the inner bay by Gilligans Island! We did anchor just at 7 pm with no problems because of Bill’s careful navigation. Yep, we’re “here on Gilligan’s Island” and this time we decided to spend a day or so. This am, Bill dropped the dinghy and we went “exploring”. There is this really nice beach area with bar-b-q pits and tables and all, but it was very busy there. Small Ferries transport folks from a few different areas around the bay to this beach. The water was only knee deep pretty far out and the sand was ok but we decided to check out other areas of the mainland. We found this old rickety dock and after tying up the dinkster, went for a walk. This end of the PR seems very dry and brown, not like the tropical rain forest areas.. Back at the boat about an hour later and time for lunch. Making meals seems pretty easy as this bay is so calm and we just love the fact that we’re not rolling around. This afternoon, as I mentioned, we just chilled, read some books and Bill watched a movie.. ahhh life on a boat!

Friday we had another beautiful, downwind sail on crystal clear waters. As we approached the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, the water became so clear we could see the bottom 50 feet below the boat. A short time later a pod of 4 dolphins joined us with a romp around the bow for about 15 minutes. We sailed into Boqueron harbor and were anchored by 3:30 pm.

I contacted Chris Parker this morning on our single-side-band (SSB) radio. We subscribe to his weather reports which he does daily. He told us tomorrow would be a good time to leave for Caicos and The Bahamas from Puerto Rico and there probably wouldn’t be another good weather window for another week. It turns out that several boats around us heard us talking to him and called us immediately afterwards on the marine radio. We will be sailing the 300+ miles to Caicos with at least 3 other boats. One of them is a sister ship to us – Panacea – who we met in Trinidad. John and Patty have been sailing the Caribbean for the past 15 years and are heading back to Florida then the western Caribbean. We’re glad there will be someone with us who sails as slow J

We’re back at D’Tapas in Boqueron and using their free Internet to post the blog and check up on emails. We’ll be leaving tomorrow around noon for the 2-3 day passage to Caicos. We’ll probably also catch up on phone calls today since our cell phone works here but doesn’t work in Caicos or The Bahamas.

It’s sad to be leaving Puerto Rico. We’ve enjoyed the beautiful country and very helpful people. We’ll be back some day….

Entry for March 19, 2008

March 19, 2008

We’re just about ready to leave the marina in Salinas.  We have the boat stocked “to the gills” with food, spare parts, water and just about anything else we will need for the next 2-3 months.  Food and fuel in the Bahamas is VERY expensive so we have tried to put on enough stores that we won’t have to buy anything except for fresh veggies and the excellent bread from local bakeries. 

Today we will take a short 3-4 hour sail to Ponce to fill up our fuel tank at the Ponce Yacht Club.  They typically have the cheapest fuel around so we’ve waited until now to fill up.  We still have a little over ¼ tank of diesel which means we’ve burned about 80 gallons in the 1,000 miles from Trinidad.  That’s pretty good considering we probably burned 30 gallons in one day when we motored from Tostigos to Grenada. 

Our spare propane tank is full so once we fill up our fuel tank we will have everything on-board we will need to be self-sufficient for about 90+ days.   It’s a pretty good feeling.

Laura has the cabinets stocked with baking needs (flour, sugar, etc.) and our freezer is almost chocked full.  We have 12 meals of steak, 15 meals of pork, 20+ meals of chicken, 4 pounds of hamburger, a couple packages of hot dogs, lots of bacon and sausage for breakfast and several (10+) meals of miscellaneous meats and frozen seafood.  Our pantry has about 15 pounds of pasta and enough makings for probably 15-20 meals of spaghetti and pizza.  Around 70 cans of assorted veggies and three dozen jumbo eggs (they were on special at Wal-Mart) tops off the larder.  Not bad for a 43 foot boat, huh?

We’ll write again in a couple days – probably when we get to Boqueron and their Internet Café. 


Entry for March 18, 2008

March 18, 2008

Bill and Laura at the top of the tower in El Yungue National Park, Puerto Rico

Entry for March 18, 2008

March 18, 2008

It’s Tuesday and our two days in the Marina de Salinas has turned in to three (as usual).  We’ve been very busy since we docked here on Sunday and spent the entire day yesterday driving around in the (rent-a-wreck) rental car.  We were up at the crack of dawn with showers for everyone before going to the marina gate to meet the rental car gal at 8:30 am.  Steve had everything packed and we tossed his luggage into the car.  On the drive back to the rental car company I asked the young lady if this was the car we were renting.  She replied, “Si” and I wasn’t too happy.  It was a several year old Daewoo with 86,000+ miles on it.  There were no other cars available so we selected Hobson’s Choice and took the car as is.

During the 220 miles we put on the car over the next day, I discovered it had a broken door handle on the drivers side, the steering wheel shook over 60 mph, the windshield wipers didn’t wipe and the headlights pointed almost straight down.  It wasn’t the experience I had expected but it did get us where we needed to go.

We drove north to San Juan and took a quick tour of Old San Juan.  Old San Juan is a section of town with old forts and walls build in the 1600s.  It was neat and we hope to have more time for exploring it in the future.  Steve was a little worried about being to the airport on time (because of the traffic jams we’d seen) so we headed to the airport a little earlier than necessary.  Wouldn’t you know it – the traffic was minimal and we got there about 2 ½ hours before his flight.  Oh well, he was happy to be there so we said our sad good-byes and drove away for more sightseeing alone.

We stopped at Wendy’s for lunch (our favorite burger place) and called Jack on the cell.  He was coming into the Puerto Del Rey Marina to prepare his boat for picking up guests later in the week.  We’d been emailing for several weeks hoping to meet him again and we did.  Jack was still several miles out with light winds so we decided to see more of the El Yungue National Park so we drove the rent-a-wreck up the twisting mountain roads for some of the best views of the Puerto Rican coast.  It was a lot of fun and they even had a 50 foot tower to climb up for better pictures.   The picture I’m posting with this blog is the view of Northeast Puerto Rico from the top of the tower.

While we were at the top of the tower Jack called and said he was docked up and waiting for our visit.  We hightailed it down the mountain and drove another 20 miles to Fajardo and the marina.  We had a great reunion on Dionysus and yacked for a couple hours.  We were eventually hungry so decided on Mexican food as Laura had remembered a nice looking restaurant not too far away.  We climbed back into the wreck and found Lolita’s in Fajardo.  It was a great place with awesome Margaritas (although not as good as a Gilli-Rita) and we hope to go back there in the future to try different dishes.  It was all good.

Back to the marina to drop off Jack and another sad farewell (our second that day).  We only lost our way once driving the 90 miles back to our marina in Salinas and were in the boat by 9:30 pm.  Bed came early after a long day.

Today we were up early again because we wanted to do grocery shopping before dropping off the rental car at 9 am.  We were at Wal-Mart by 7:30 and stocked up a full shopping cart with groceries.  We also bought some new shorts and shirts as ours are getting pretty ratty.  We hustled ourselves through the checkout and made it to the rental office just at 9 am.

There was no one at the rental office when we arrived.  So I called them on my cell phone and eventually was routed to the gal running the office.  She said she was on her way back from delivering a car and arrived a few minutes later. 

As she was making out the bill, I told her about all the problems we had with the car.  She said she was sorry.  On the way back to our marina I asked her if she was the only one working there.  She said, “Si”.   I said, “So, you are the only employee and they are renting cars with 80,000 miles on them.  Maybe it’s time for you to look for other employment??”.  She replied, “I t’ink dat is very excellent advise.”  It was quiet in the car for the rest of our ride.

Back at the marina Laura strips the beds and heads for the laundry room.  I’m filling up the water tank and working other jobs to try and get out of here by noon.  One of the items we had forgotten was to have our spare propane tank filled.  It ran out the day we left Trinidad and I swapped the tanks around to connect a full tank to the stove.  A 20 pound tank usually lasts us about 10 weeks (which I think is excellent considering we use it for every meal and Laura’s baking) so we only had about 2 weeks left.  I asked around and was told by the gal in the next boat there was a place in town that would fill the tank overnight if we brought it there in the next couple hours.  It was almost noon and Laura was still working on the laundry because the machines had been in use.  We decided to stay another day in the marina to finish up our projects and have a chance to enjoy the pool (and attached bar) before we left for our long trip through the Bahamas. 

While I was in the office booking the slip for another day, I asked the office clerk about propane.  She said to check with the maintenance man, Miguel.  I found him and asked about propane.  He said to bring him the tank and he would fill it while out to lunch.  He spoke excellent English so I asked where he was from.  He said Upstate New York and I found he was from Tarrytown near the Tapanzee Bridge.  We talked a little while about New York then I headed back to work on boat projects.

While in the laundry Laura met another cruiser on a boat called Maestro.  We invited them over tonight for cocktails and munchies so maybe we’ll have someone new to write about tomorrow.  Enoy!

Entry for March 15, 2008

March 15, 2008

It’s Saturday afternoon and Second Wind is anchored on a large bay off Puerto Patillas on the south coast of Puerto Rico.    Yesterday we sailed here from Sun Bay in Vieques – a beautiful 30 mile downwind sail.  Steve has been getting into the operation of the boat and he’s almost ready for a promotion from Swab to Mate (re: Captain Ron).

On Thursday we took the dinghy one bay west to Esperanza and met our friends Stewart and Natalya on Zig Zag.  After a short tour of their boat we all went into town and had a great dinner together at Duffy’s Tavern.   After dinner we had an exciting, upwind ride in the dinghy back to our bay. 

We invited everyone over on Friday night for a pot-luck dinner on Second Wind.  That should be fun.

Everyone arrived around 6 pm.  The group included D and Don from Southern Cross along with Stewart, Natalya and their boat-guest Chris from Zig Zag.  We had a chicken BBQ along with Salmon Pie (D’s specialty), Conch salad (also from Southern Cross) and tortilla chips with a couple home made dips from Zig Zag.  Chris brought several wines which we sampled through the night.

After dinner we decided to teach the Zig Zags dominos so we all hunkered down in the salon because it has the largest table.  The picture is the crowd around the table.   Laura won but we only went to 9’s before everyone was too tired to go on. 

Saturday we worked a few project on the boat then got everything ready for sailing.  We had said our good-byes to Southern Cross the night before and we were all very sad.  They are heading east – back down-island – and we are heading west – back to the U.S.  We all know it’s possible we may never meet again but you never know with cruisers.  Old friends seem to turn up at almost every anchorage.

We hauled up our anchor around 1 pm and raised the mainsail as we left the pleasant anchorage in Sun Bay.   The winds were light as we sailed east toward the south coast of Puerto Rico and left beautiful Vieques hoping for a future visit.  6 hours later we were anchored off Puerto Patillas and enjoying a sunset punch.  A very quiet night was appreciated in this quiet anchorage.

Tomorrow we sail for Salinas where we will dock for 2 days at Marina de Salinas.  Our rental car is being delivered early Monday morning and we are hoping to do a little sightseeing on the way to San Juan airport for Steve’s 2 pm flight.  We’ve really enjoyed his company and I think he’s enjoyed this vacation after the first day of seasickness when we were underway.

Entry for March 11, 2008

March 11, 2008

It’s Tuesday and we sailed from Culebra to Viequez.  We anchored in Sun Bay around 5 pm with a beautiful, palm covered beach in front of us.  There are two bays just east of here that are known for very high concentrations of plankton that glow when agitated.  There are tours to these bays and they are very popular. 

After dinner, we loaded up the dinghy for the 1 ½ mile ocean passage to Mosquito Bay.  The trip was uneventful and we entered the bay under a crescent moon.  As we proceeded further into the bay, we began to notice the wake from our motor glowing and steaks around the dinghy from fish swimming that we scared up.  Once in the bay, we stopped and played around in the water.  It was very cool.  Even moving your hand a little in the water caused it to glow.  When you removed your hand, it sparkled.  I wish we could have taken some pictures but it was too dark for them to come out.

We’ll probably stay here a day or two before moving on to a couple anchorages on the east end of Viequez then on to the south shore of Puerto Rico for the weekend.  We have a marina reserved for Sunday and Monday when we’ll rent a car again to take Steve back to the airport for his trip home.  We think he’s having a pretty good time even though I’m keeping him a little busy with boat projects (hehe).