Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
108Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Samana Harbour, anchored
The morning was beautiful, with some strong sunshine and minimal wind. The cliff faces that greeted us upon the sun's rising were much more drastic and stunning than those that we had seen on the north coast. It is still very refreshing to see such distinctive landscapes as we sail along (or motor, whatever).
I started to take a little snooze on the settee after both of the boys woke up, but I was shortly awoken from a VHF call from Yolo - "Whales
We made our way into Samana harbor with no problems (even without charts), and snagged a couple of moorings as the marina we were looking out for was not in sight. We made the transit from Luperon in about 24/5 hours, and given the lack of wind and the abundance of motoring, Pepe made it a pretty easy trip.
We were pretty pooped, but Peter and I were hungry and wanted to check out town. We launched the dinghy (knowing this is a location we need to keep security high - apparently their is a big market for small outboard motors), and scooted on into town. We met Philippe, who was very concerned about the status of our customs forms, but seeing as it was Sunday, there was not much to be done, he showed us to a lunch spot, and was on his way. He was also just wearing a random t-shirt and jeans, so it was hard to be convinced that he was at all official.
The boys from Yolo joined us in town for a beer, and after a while of chatting, the VHF sounded with Caleb calling us about some boat wanting their mooring back. Pete and Andy took our dinghy back out so they could move Hejira and ensure that Yolo was okay where she sat. No problem. Pete, Andy, and Caleb returned to town, and we wandered a bit to check it out. But, unbeknownst to us, this is apparently a cruise ship stop, so the town is a bit more geared toward that subset (ie double or triple the prices we saw in Luperon) and there is a whole section of the town that looks like it was taken out of some Disney resort. We're exhausted, so we opted for an early night.