Motoring along the coast

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Flag of Dominican Republic  , María Trinidad Sánchez,
Saturday, January 29, 2011

We got up before 0800 this morning so that Pete could get in to the Comandante to get our despacho squared away first thing (ie clearing out of Luperon). We have heard that it can sometimes be a lengthy and, possibly, tedious process, so best to get on it first thing. Caleb accompanied Pete to town to finish refilling our water, and I had the boat to myself so I could finish stowing and labeling the new food items. When Caleb returned with water, I left him on the boat and took the dinghy into town - bringing six dozen eggs on a crowded van from Puerto Plata seemed a bit too risky, so I still had some last minute shopping. I walked up to the Comandante to look for Pete, but they quickly told me el capitan was no longer there. As I walked back down to the street, the dockmaster, Eduardo, was waiting on his motorbike - "Where ees your 'usband? I wan' to talk to heem." Without expending the time or the effort to explain that "Pete no es mi esposo, es mi novio," I told Eduardo I didn't know where he was. He instructed me to hop on, and he took me on a motorbike search mission.

And luckily, Luperon is very small. As we passed Lance, Andy, and Keith, they told us they hadn't seen him since the Comandante, but when we circled back, both Eduardo and I managed to spot Pete in a small market. Since Pete didn't know Caleb and I had swapped the dinghy, he'd gone ahead and purchased groceries for me. He and Eduardo chatted quickly, and Pete and I wandered off to find some breakfast toting a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables and three flats of eggs. We hoped for a quick internet stop as well, but the two places that offer it were both closed! Oh well. We saw Lance, Andy, and Keith on the next block, so Pete walked over to discuss the plan with them and they decided to join us for breakfast. We all had everything in order to move on, so it would just be stopping back in with the Comandante to complete the rest of our despacho.

Luckily, checking out didn't take too long as we would already be getting a late start. But, as when we checked in, there seemed to be a $15 or $20 fee for just about everything. Oh well. They tell us we won't have to repay things when we arrive in Samana - let's hope. We took the Comandante and colleague in the dinghy with us back to Hejira.  They took a look around and officially cleared us to leave. Pete took them over to do the same with Yolo, and we prepared for getting underway. Given the murky water here, that meant a bit of scrubbing. We knew Yolo still had to be cleared out, so we took the time to scrub the dinghy and kayaks of the green growth they had accumulated, as well as the bottom of the swim ladder and the dinghy motor. Amazing what grew in the course of only about ten days. We also took the anchor line in nice and slowly, scrubbing off growth and rinsing away mud and grime.

Yolo had one small hitch with their engine, but it was just a quick fix of bleeding one of the fuel lines - they had been in Luperon a week already when we arrived, so it had been a while since running their engine. Once they did that, we were ready to go. We followed them out of the anchorage, and we went by Sol Surfing with Celeste and Gary on deck, bidding us farewell. They're waiting on a part to arrive for their auto-helm on Monday but are then planning to catch the next weather window out. We hope to see them again soon.

We had a beautiful day today, motor sailing along the coast. It was really enjoyable to have Pepe doing the driving with plenty of scenery to keep us occupied. We'll work our way along the coast, staying within one or two nautical miles, the 120-mile trip to Samana. We expect it to take about 24 hours, so we should arrive early afternoon tomorrow. It's fun to be cruising along with Yolo right there, and we're monitoring our own VHF channel so we can chat and heckle freely. We look forward to exploring the area of Samana and the national park that is nearby.

Also - this was my first time trying to blog underway at night. Turns out that can be a bit screwy what with not being able to see outside, thus getting a sense of our movement... Just booted. Lesson learned. Going to go eat a packet of soda crackers and sit on deck. G'night!
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PER on

Nice pictures
It's almost like being there "NOT"
Looks like a perfict day for sailing.
Keep up the hard work!


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