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
brought us safely to Bonaire where before mentioned surpise of BERT was waiting us...
We knew it was forming already before leaving BVI.. .But ,sincerely, thought and hoped it will pass much more north than ABC islands . So decided to sail south and hope for the best. But once arriwed here and checked weather forecast again saw that famous BERT didnt want turn north!!!! It was passing directly over Trininad and Tobago bringing 50 knots of winds with torrential rain and continuing west towards Venezuela.
Here in Bonaire weather forecast was announcing tropical storm risk. So of course every body started preparing for the worst. So do we. In Bonaire is not allowded to anchor, so all the boats must stay on mooring buoys (10 usd per day) or go to marina. Quite a few boats day before strong winds arrived chose to leave to the harbour. But we decided to stay. Checked better mooring buoys and huge concrete blocks suporting the ropes down below and thought its safer to stay here than being in the marina. All what we did was we dived to attach extra lines directly to the blocks(we were attach with 6 ropes finally!), tied everything on the deck, had lights, extra lines, and rain jackets prepared and waited for the worst watching movies and reading books... But luckily. strong winds didnt touch Bonaire at night all we got was maximum 40 knots of gust and some rain....Nothing scary or to be worried about. But it was nice experience and yes...nice reminding that hurricane season is already here. No jokes!
...so now for at least a few weeks we are staying here in BONAIRE enjoying amazing clear waters and snorkeling and diving almost everyday. We were lucky to find our friends from sy FAIR PLAY we met in Tobago here. They have diving equipment and compresor on boat, so what can be better! Egoi is making dives every two days!!!! In a one of the best diving places in all Caribbean!...
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