British Virgin Islands (part 1)

From the Spanish Virgin Islands (part of Puerto Rico) we passed just north of two of the three US Virgin Islands (not part of Puerto Rico, but part of the US), St. John and St. Thomas. St. Croix, the third US Virgin, is well to the south. We would have liked to have visited the…

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Spanish Virgin Islands

Our last stop on the island of Puerto Rico was at the Marina Palmas Del Mar on the east coast of the island. It was another recommendation from Jose. There we met Juanjo Boschetti, another delightful Puerto Rican (of Italian descent) and also a font of local knowledge. He helped us plan our next stops…

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Puerto Rico Surprise

The weather may have improved, but it still packed a punch. We left Ocean World as darkness was falling and bashed our way along the north coast of the Dominican Republic and across the Mona Passage towards Puerto Rico. After two nights and 39 hours at sea, we arrived in Puerto Real at sunrise. The…

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Dominican Delights

Ocean World Marina in Cofresi, near Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic is a large facility that is associated with a time-share group. It has resort accommodation, a casino, nightclub, pool and restaurants. On top of that, it has a sea lion show that runs 3 times a day, 7 days a week. When the sea lions…

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Stuck in the DR

The passage from the Turks & Caicos to Puerto Plata, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, is about 24 hours. It’s important to arrive in daylight when you are entering a new harbour. We typically aim to make land in the morning, which gives us the afternoon as a buffer in case the…

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Turks & Caicos

The second downhill leg from Mayaguana to the Turks & Caicos was much the same as the day before. We were planning on going into Turtle Cove marina on the north side of Providenciales, but the northern swells were breaking, making the entrance too risky. We contacted Bob Pratt at South Side Marina. He said…

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Mayaguana Crossing

Mayaguana is the most south-easterly island in Bahamas chain. We had about a 10-hour run to go from Atwood Harbour to Abrahams Bay. The reason we had undertaken the long slog to windward the previous day to reach Atwood Harbour was to set us up for 2 full days of northerly winds. That would give…

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Big Eyed Jacks

After a tough passage to Atwood Harbour, Acklins Island, we decided to take a day off and catch up on our blogging and video editing. We are getting more efficient, but it is still quite time-consuming. Luckily it was Sunday, so we could text Lindsay every time we ran into a snag. Once that and…

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Mahi!

We left Clarence Town at first light as we had a very long, 10-hour run in front of us. Unlike the previous sleigh-ride down Long Island, this crossing to Acklins Island was 70 NM with 15kts of wind right on the nose. So to make enough speed to reach our destination before dusk, we had…

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Long Island Screamer

We finally left Georgetown on Feb 16th. The wind had shifted to the west, which was perfect for the next leg of our journey. We had originally planned to visit Conception and Rum Islands, en route to Clarence Town, on the east side of Long Island. Unfortunately, neither Conception nor Rum have an anchorage that…

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