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|THE FLAG OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC|
FROM PROVO TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MONDAY AND TUESDAY
MONDAY NIGHT: TRAVELING THROUGH THE NIGHT TUESDAY NIGHT: DOCKED AT OCEAN WORLD MARINA NEAR PUERTO PLATA $1.26/FT/DAY FOR <7DAYS, .45/KWA, .20/GAL
SUNRISE AT PROVIDENCIALES: 6: 29 AM ON MONDAY
SUNSET AT PUERTO PLATA: 6:30 PM ON TUESDAY AFTER TODAY’S TIME CHANGE
The day really started out with a bang! We untied at 6:30, crept out the twisty-turny channel and had spotted our first whale of the day by 9:00. Well, OK, so it was our only whale of the day but still, my heart gave a little flutter when she surfaced.
|LEAVING TURTLE COVE MARINA|
|OUR LAST PROVO SUNRISE|
Many times boats head for southern islands from Sapodilla Bay on the south side of Provo. Once a good weather window is established they head on to Big Sand Cay where they drop anchor, grab a couple hours rest then make the night run to the Dominican Republic. We committed to a good long trip by leaving from Turtle Cove Marina. We thought our window was going to bring us smooth sailing and were prepared to just be out there for somewhere around 24 hours. The daylight travel around the island and across the Caicos Bank was not ideal but we were all geared up for the night crossing with the predicted winds to be at only about 15. That is not what happened! We had winds of 18 to 20 almost the entire time and the seas were rough, rough, rough! We had chairs toppling, cupboards flying open and tables tipping. Nobody got much sleep. Poor Dan got only increments of an hour or less and only eked that out a couple of times. We were very happy campers when we caught our first sight of the DR. Our expected 24 hour trip took 26 hours but by 8:30 we were all tied up with customs knocking at our door, welcoming us to their lovely country.
|APPROACHING THE GREEN HILLS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC|
|WE FOUND A COUPLE OF HITCHHIKERS AS WE BEGAN CLEANING THE BOAT|
|QUEST DOCKED AT OCEAN WORLD MARINA|
Our fees here were much leaner than in the TCI. The boat was $43.00 and $10.00 additional for each of us. We will need to give the “Navy” $20.00 when we depart this marina (as well as any other marinas we visit) but our permit is good for the duration.
This is like a “destination” resort. Ocean World has a lovely marina facility, a swimming pool, a casino and an adventure park complete with dolphin encounters and sea lion shows. The casino even has a Las Vegas-type show that we may catch one night.
|THE CASINO ENTRANCE|