SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
SATURDAY NIGHT WAS SPENT TRAVELING AT SEA
SUNDAY DOCKED AT PUERTO BAHIA MARINA (http://www.puertobahiasamana.com/)
$1./FT/DAY FOR <7DAYS, POWER=.50/KWA, WATER=3.50/DAY
SUNRISE AT PUERTO PLATA ON SATURDAY: 7:19 AM
SUNRISE AT SAMANA ON SUNDAY: 7:13 AM
SUNSET AT SAMANA ON SUNDAY: 6:28 PM
“Hi” to Angelika and Norbert in Germany(Steffi's family). Norbert recently had surgery and seems to be recovering nicely so we are thankful. You had better behave, Norbert, and follow all the doctors’ orders!!
Just a lazy day today with preparations to leave this afternoon, napping and replenishing Dan’s beer supply. Keeping local, he is now onto the Dominican Republic’s Presidente.
|PRESIDENTE, THE LOCAL BREW|
By 2:00 we were disconnecting the water and paying our marina bill. Next came the clearance to exit by the navy and we were ready to go. Now it was decision time. Do we leave now as planned or hang a little later in hopes that the wind will die down? By 4:00 we were done with the waiting stuff and heading out. The wind and waves were stronger than predicted but, thankfully, they did die down as the night wore on. Unlike our voyage from the Turks and Caicos, we could see friendly lights from the nearby shore all night. Funny how that makes such a difference in your mind set.
|THE MATS WERE BEING BLOWN UP TO BLOCK THE PILOT HOUSE WINDOW|
DAN TRIED TO PEEK OVER THEM AND DRIVE THE BOAT
(SOON THEY WERE INSIDE)
We got a good look at Puerta Plata from our vantage point in the sea then continued on around the points of Cabo Macoris and Cabo Frances Viejo before having to alter our course to bring us closer into the shore for some calming effects. Then we rounded Cabo Cabron, Cabo Samana and finally, Punta Balandra that brought us into the beautiful Samana Bay.
|PUERTO PLATA IN THE HAZE|
We did get lucky and see a humpback whale performing in the misty distance and hope to see many more while here. Remember, this is where they come to give birth from January through March.
Puerto Bahia Marina and Resort is stunning! After a pit stop for fuel we snuggled into our new home and got checked in. As guests of the marina we are extended use of the resorts pools, gym, spa, 3 restaurants and bar. We cleaned up from our long, sleep deprived night and enjoyed a lovely lunch overlooking the water then tucked in for a nap. Poor Dan awoke flush and with a fever so he just extended his nap to a full night’s sleep. Hopefully he will be better in the morning. I guess timing is everything. Can you imagine if it had been last night while struggling with a night crossing??
|PUERTO BAHIA MARINA|
We were serenaded into the night with live music played by a hot Cuban band right here at the beach restaurant and bar.