Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Safely Arrived In Puerto Rico

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
18 13.0N 67 09.7W

We left Turks and Caicos on Sunday morning and 350 miles and 58 hours later we dropped anchor just before sunset in the harbour here at Mayaguez.

We got quite a good sail to start off with down to the Dominican Republic coast, but then it was on with the motor for a long motor sail to windward to get here. The photograph shows us heading along the north coast of the DR.

As we are pushing against the trade winds the best we can hope for is a relative calm, which we had, so we motored into calm seas, past the whole of the DR without stopping sadly and then across the "treacherous" Mona passage in yet more flat calm for a safe arrival.

We saw quite a few hump back whales on the trip and can only guess they ate all the fish as we certainly didn't catch any!

We are now back in cruising mode after 3 weeks of passage planning, weather monitoring and bashing into the wind. We will cruise slowly along the south coast before we head out to the Virgin Islands.
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