Tuesday, December 04, 2007

On the Road Again . . .


Tomorrow we plan to ship out of Salinas. It has been a fun stay and as we know, 1 week is about my limit and that’s been 3 days ago! I show a chart of the Spanish Virgin Islands. This group of two major Islands, Vieques to the south and Culebra to the north is just off the east coast of Puerto Rico. I’ve circled our planned stops. Right now we are about 40 miles west of Vieques (off the chart) and we’ll take a couple of days, weather permitting, to get snuggled in to that anchorage off the western tip of Vieques. There are several NO ANCHOR regions around Vieques as the US Navy had used this area for target practice for years but no longer. That means there might be some unexploded ordinance on the bottom that you wouldn’t want to find with your anchor! Then we plan to sail north to the little island of Palominos hoping to get the wind a little more abeam. There are a number of anchorages and marinas along the east coast of Puerto Rico if we don’t want to go all the way to Palominos at once but, hey, it’s only about 20 miles! From there we can short tack just south of the shoals that stretch from just north of Palominos nearly all the way to Culebra. A close up of Culebra (not shown) indicates many interesting looking bays for anchoring. This is probably where we are for Christmas. Everything is line of sight sailing and naked eye-ball navigation now. In fact from Culebra it is only 20 miles to St. Thomas. What great sailing/cruising grounds these are!

Mismo is a GREAT addition to the boat. Hours of fun just watching her discover the boat which has to seem really huge to her. She’s only been in the main salon and in the cockpit so far. She has yet to learn how to jump but she’s probably only days away from that. She likes to sleep with us for awhile and then she likes to get down. And then back up. Repeat. Since she can’t jump up or down we’ve had to raise and lower her by hand. Last night we built her a temporary ramp instead. Worked great and she took right to it.

Finally, I'm reading a really good book. Mostly we get books from the book exchanges in various marinas etc and that means you exchange one mystery for another. That's ok but sometimes you want something different. I found this book, Between Silk and Cyanide by accident and it is wonderful. I wanted to read it just to find out what the hell the title was about. You find out about 200 pages in! It is by Leo Marks who was a master cryptographer at the age of 22 for the Brits in World War II. You'll like this book if you like hisory, cryptography, humor, or for anyone who has to work in a huge beaurocracy that is reluctant to change. Leo is also the son of the 'famous' Marks & Co used and rare booksellers in England (Oxford?) and he offers a few stories about his father and working in that shop.

We’ll update the chart and our progress when we can. We never know exactly when that will be so thanks for checking in once in a while and, as usual, all comments are greatly appreciated.

5 comments:

crystaleize said...

Good luck on your adventure! I wanted to let you know that Culebra and Vieques are part of Puerto Rico. We call them las Islas nenas. They are very beautiful and even though the Navy used the beaches for practices they are starting to look a lot better after the were given back to us. I do hope you get to see the flourecent bay near Fajardo. It is beautiful but you can see it better when there is no full moon. It is breathtaking and your skin glows when you swim in it. There are many wonderful things to see. I do hope you enjoy your trip.
The people I know that compete in regattas are always sailing around those parts so keep in mind these sailboats: Balaju 2 and Celebration. Balaju 2 belongs to Jose Sanchez and Celebration to Pedro Ortiz. They are great people and they are good sailors. Jose has won many regattas. Sailing is his north and his life. So does Pedro.

Rich P said...

OK, I'm starting to like the cat! Possible snow day tomorrow for Maine East. Keep your fingers crossed! I have 99 school days until retirement and one snow day to make it 98 would be just fine!

Sally said...

Well finally I don't have to comment as anonymous as I signed up for the google account.
A blizzard came through here today & left three inches. Yuck, wish I were there! I'll just keep reading & dreaming. Happy Holidays!

Running Jayhawk said...

omg. The Kitty Ramp.

Seriously, Scott...this is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Mismo is an "I Can Has Cheezburger" lolcat waiting to happen.

Scott said...

Barb-
What the hell? Please translate your last line. I'm so confused. . .

Yeah, kitty seems unable to jump yet. Maybe she is more white than black!