Out of Dodge

April 18, 2008

Ocean World Marina
Dominican Republic
Latitude 1949.67 N
Longitude 7043.79 W                                        April 18, 2008

Out of Dodge

We finally escaped the tender trap of George Town. The weather, visitors and boat projects kept us there weeks longer than we intended. It’s a great place for snowbird sailors who come down every year for the winter, but it can get rather tedious. We’re now thoroughly tired of volleyball, basket weaving classes, Pilates groups, bridge, wife swapping clubs and beach church (‘non denominational Christian”). If it weren’t for the weekly meeting of the AA (Alcohol Appreciation) Society, we’d be fried. Several projects were completed while we were in George Town, including installing a new hot water heater, fixing the generator, the autopilot, and the water maker. Pretty good for a retired Jewish doctor.
The thing we’ll remember most fondly about the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos was the brilliantly blue, gin clear water.
We made it to the Dominican Republic (DR) by way of Conception Island, Mayaguana Island and several stops in the Turks and Caicos, including Provo. We’ve been traveling in company with 2 boats, “Jule” (an Island Packet) and “Sojourn” (a Hans Christian).
It’s tough to go east against the trade winds, but we picked good weather windows, in part due to regular weather reports on the SSB radio from our gay weather guru, Chris Parker. All we have to do now is make our way east along the north shore of the DR, then cross the dreaded Mona Passage to Puerto Rico. There, we’ll meet up with our niece Lara and her boyfriend Aaron. Then, a 3 to 4 day crossing of the Caribbean due south to Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez promises to give us free fuel. This should, finally, turn out to be a sailboat trip, rather than a motorboat trip. After that, no more sailing to windward ever (never say ever).
Anatares is a delight to live aboard. She’s comfortable and spacious, and even sails well. Phyllis particularly loves the barbie doll dishwasher and washier/drier. Jeff likes the water maker.

Jeff checks the anchor

The last swim in Bombay gin

“Jule” motoring in Turks and Caicos

Ocean World Marina

Ocean World Marina

Sketch done while sailing   “Flying Fish and Turtle”

“26 down”  Painting inspired from section of a photo taken by good friend and previous crew mate, Rick Tang

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