GUANICA, PUERTO RICO
32 NM TRAVELED
ANCHORED NEAR GUANICA AT BY GILLIGAN’S ISLAND
SUNRISE: 6:57 AM
SUNSET: 6:28 PM
When we were all checked out and ready to leave the marina we discovered that Meant To Be came across from Samana yesterday and they, too, were continuing on this morning. They have family in St. Johns and pushed on to Ponce today in an attempt to make up for the month spent in Samana waiting for a favorable weather window to cross the Mona Passage.
As for today’s conditions I can only say “Hanson Smooth”. For those of you that don’t know what that means, it means smooth, smooth, smooth! Our friends, the Porters, experienced some less than stellar conditions crossing from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta on the Quest and, thus, rough waters are often referred to as “Porter Rough”. The Hansons, who first came aboard in Puerto Vallarta, experienced calm and glassy conditions and those dreamy sea journeys are now referred to as Hanson Smooth.
The waters are becoming cleaner and more opaque as we near the legendary Virgin Islands. While cruising in 40 feet today we could make out the sea grass on the bottom. We did see a turtle floating and several flying fish skipping across the water’s surface.
We passed by the southern sights we saw yesterday in con-Quest and rounded the point at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse. We are now on Puerto Rico’s southern coast and, since we have a relatively short journey to Ponce where Robert and Steffi will join us on Saturday, we dropped the hook early in the day.
|CABO ROJO LIGHTHOUSE FROM QUEST|
Our night’s anchorage is just east of Guanica by the little Gilligan’s Island. Earlier called Cayo Aurora, the island was once inhabited by a woman that escaped from the harsh mistreatment of workers at the nearby La Ballena farm. She created her haven and lived off the sea and land until a ripe old age. In a nearer era the island was dubbed Gilligan’s Island after the 1970’s television program of that name.
|OUR ANCHORAGE AREA|
Dan occupied his afternoon by repairing some of our worn ropes and an attempt at catching fish while I contented myself with reading up on the area and typing up the blog information. Even though I am unable to post it while at anchor, if I don’t keep it written, I totally forget the basic who, what, where, when and why.
|DAN REWEAVING THE ROPE ENDS AND JUDY'S BLOGGING MESS|
|DAN QUITE HAPPY IN THE LITTLE con-|