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Turks & Caicos Islands

Turks & CaicosOn February 15th we left West Plana Cay in the Bahamas for an overnight passage to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  We were still buddy boating with Broad Reaching, Goin’ South and Beach House which made the night seem so much shorter when one can call other boaters to chat.  We had to motor all the way but we were treated to a very special sunrise just as we neared Providenciales Island.  Boats need to go between the reefs in early morning to easily see the coral heads. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Because we have a fairly shallow draft (just over 5 feet) we were able to go into a small marina, South Side Marina (on the south side of Provo and hence its name), where we spent several days .  The water colour here is just incredible!

We decided to be tourists and took a snorkelling tour that also taught us how to dive for and clean conch.  They made conch salad for all the guests with the freshly cleaned RAW conch (it is marinated in lime juice to “cook” it)

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Turks & CaicosTurks & CaicosOn February 23rd, it was another overnight sail to get us to Ocean World Marina near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic..again we were doused by rain squalls cascading down the slopes of the island.

Allen Cay

BahamasBahamasA one day weather window appeared on January 18th so we headed out with about 30 other boats.  Our destination was Allan Cay, home of the “iguana iguana”s.  We also discovered the “conch graveyard”

Allan's Cay sunset, Bahamas, Jan 2009 We ended up spending a few extra days at Allan Cay due to the unfavourable winds before sailing down to Norman’s Cay.  We were able to do some snorkeling while we waited for the winds to die down.

BahamasWe had beautiful sunsets at both places to end our days.   

The Great Bahama Banks

Bahamas We had to sail across the Great Bahama Banks.  The first morning the winds were light enough that we could enjoy our morning coffee on deck. 

Bahamas The second morning we had better winds and had a great sail to Chub Cay at the south end of the Berry Islands arriving on January 9th.

Chub Cay Marina, Bahamas, Jan 2009 We enjoyed our stay at the Chub Cay Marina.  We were docked along side a 110 foot ketch named “Keewaydin” owned by a US banker.  We look pretty small compared to her!  Can you see us in front of her?  Our mast (at 57 feet high) is in the middle…

Chub Cay fresh conch, Bahamas, Jan 2009 There was a nice beach that we could walk along at the marina that had lots of conch of all sizes.  Richard is holding one that would be “good eating”.  We have not harvested any ourselves; we prefer to let the Bahamians clean and prepare them for us.