Travel day! We cleared out of the Bahamas the previous day and are heading to the Dominican Republic. We leave Abraham’s Bay, Mayaguana around 7am the 29th of March. After an hour of motor sailing, we shut down the engine and sail 3-4 knots. The wind begins to shift and we pick up speed to 5-6-7 knots. Smooth seas, sun out, music on, what more can I say, it’s a great day out on the water. We’re comfortable and cruising fast towards our destination, French Cay, located in the Turks and Caicos. We plan to spend the night there and then continue on to the Dominican Republic the next morning.
|Sara at Luperon bay|
By 6pm, we arrive at the south-end of West Caicos, only 16-miles to go. We turn the corner and beat (this is when the wind is on the nose of the boat, a hard point of sail) across the banks the last 16-miles, elongating our trip another 6 hours. Navigating into the anchorage by midnight, we drop the anchor and crash out. Tomorrow will be longer yet.
|West Caicos sailing by|
|Nelly wedge against the starboard side|
|Mike at the helm|
|Nelly learned to switch bunks for each tack|
|Sunrise at sea|
To our good fortune it was a simple fix. We could see land, but were still 9 miles north of getting there and 23 miles from Luperon further east. Mike identifies the problem, a leak in the cooling line to the engine. I shut off the engine, while Mike goes below to repair the leak.
During this time, there is not the slightest breeze, so the Tanqueray is left bouncing around in the sea, getting closer and closer to Haiti than the DR. Once the engine is fixed, we turn it on and start to make some headway towards our destination, very slowly.
|Nelly at anchorage in Luperon|
|Luperon harbor - boats at anchor|
|Egrets at anchorage|
|In town in Luperon|
We have arrived, 193 miles from the Bahamas! We have about 2 weeks to explore the Dominican Republic before we need to head back to Crooked Island to pick up our guests, Cindy and Matt. The food is great here, fresh fruits and vegetables, the people are amazingly friendly, the scenery is beautiful and it is HOT.
|Mike celebrating arrival to the DR|