His name is BERT and it was supposed to be a tropical storm and pass over BONAIRE!!!! Murphy,s law!....Who could imagine that in the island which supposed to be hurricane free in the middle of JUNE tropical storm could come?
We sailed south to hide from the storms....but it appears its safer there up than here.. Well at least for these days...because in reality, this what happened few days ago is really very rare.
After 4 tiring days of sailing south from BVI we arrived to Bonaire. .It was fast, but windy, squally and very wet trip. WInds from the beam with the seas crashing directly to the side of the boat and inside the cockpit....But the worst was not that. Because of the waves we had to close all the hatches inside, so during the day it was authentic sauna down in.... Tropics are tropicks, and what can we do:)
Poor Epo and Zika! They suffered that heat and waves too and were very brave going to toilet with such a movement! Luckily some flying fishes were coming to visit us at nights, so at least our cats could have fresh fish for dinner each night.
Anyway all went well and our Grain with the 4 reefed sails on sailed faster than ever and
Good by BVI!.....time to sail south and continue our Caribbean journey...
Time is flying so fast and 2 and a half monthes spend in British Virgin Islands are gone...Even though it was not enough. We enjoyed this sailing paradise so much that in some islands and bays if we could, we would spend minimum 2 weeks more.!..
But season of storms and hurricanes is already here and we do not feel prepared enough to spend it sailing here in the North ..Grain de Sable is a home for us and our cats- too important to put her on any risk.. Thats why we leave. To Bonaire and later CUracao. These islands are out of official hurricane belt where the possibilities of great storms are significaly smaller than in any norhern caribbean . Also these islands are dry, so for our Grain it will help a lot. After the last summer season spent in fresh water river in Suriname, lets say, this time we prefer to be in a drier place
( but thats doesnt mean we didnt enjoy Suriname- we loved it!)
This is also the reason why we are not sailing to Trinidad or Grenada, where most cruisers sail to hide from the hurricanes. They are very wet places as well..... And our Grain need to be hauled out and get dry..
We have 440 nm around to go , weather forecast looks good ( east , soutseast winds 10-20 kn)...adn if all Ok in 4 days we are in Bonaire. Enjoying another great island, beaituful waters, snorkeling and waiting for a visit of our friends-Mikel, Cristina and Amelie!
...It was a real pleasure to sail here in BVI,....and honestly, we feel quite sad leavig them,,,
But boats are made to sail, and we - to travel:)
So ..write you soon from BONAIRE!
Time is flying!...
Between discovering up and down the water worlds in BVI our days just flew away....We are in beginning of June ! Still, in BVi, but sad to say not for a long anymore...
Hurricane season has already started...and our amazing time in this incredible archipelago is finishing. But what a time!!!....
We have sailed all over around, anchored in stunning anchorages and broke the record of times we dropped the anchor per day...If we would count all the times we changed the places and anchored here it would probably be more times than in entire trip around the world with RagaineII:)..
This is a story about our life journey or better said is a story about our life afloat a sailing boat. Our trips, our adventures, our challenges and problems found on the way. Our everyday life floating and our unforgettable moments of sailing and tasting the worldl!
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"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters."
"The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use."
"There are more sharks on the land than in the sea"
If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.
Don't worry about the world ending today. It's already tomorrow in Fiji.
" Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."
"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway."
"A bad day at SEA is still better than a good day at work"
"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake."
"Remember 'It was a professional who built the Titanic, It was an amateur who built Noah's Ark"
"Sailing - The art of slowly going nowhere at great expense. "
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.