Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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We motor sailed back across to the northern side of Samaná Bay as the southern side is scattered with some shallow reefs along the coast
By early afternoon, we could see the long, pristine stretch of beach that makes up Playa de la Cana, and we were able to steer ourselves past the outlying reef into a beautiful anchorage. It was a little bit bumpy, but the beach was actually just about perfect. Palm trees lining the beach and a couple of scattered buildings in the thick of the trees. Our plan is to leave for Punta Macao farther along down the coast once the wind and seas settle down a bit this evening - so we settled in to read our books and try for some naps.
Not too long after, however, we could hear some people talking, and the voices sounded much closer than the shore. Not five minutes later, we heard someone calling, "Saludo!" To be honest, it sounded like a bunch of punk kids to me, so I didn't make any immediate moves - like they would just go away if we didn't respond? Needless to say, a couple of minutes and several "Saludos!" later, they managed to bump their boat against the hull of Hejira
Yeah, there was a bit of swell…but man were they a struggle fest. So I just waited. Finally, the one in the front asked about our despacho, and I was thankful that I remembered the Spanish verb "to wait" (esperar) so I could explain to them that we had a despacho for Punta Cana but needed to wait to go there until the wind died down. After reading our despacho a couple of times over, they seemed satisfied enough, bid us a good afternoon, and somehow managed to row back ashore.
We've had a stir fry with peanut sauce for dinner and are getting the boat cleaned up to get underway in the night. We have a timer set to go off hourly, and we'll take turns getting up to check on the wind and sea state… Thus far, it hasn't calmed down, so we'll see how it looks in a couple of hours.