Well, really there isn’t much new down here. I’ve yet to do a few things I want to; explore a good coral reef – that is one with lots of fish (needs to be near ocean shelf which means the ‘weather’ side of an island). Hopefully in a few weeks. I bought a new underwater video camera and am planning a short trip to the island of Vieques to pick up a plastic kayak that I can load on this diver friend’s car in order to get out to the Atlantic side of the island and out to reefs.
I haven’t discovered any new living ‘experiences’, or let’s call them my ‘awkward’ moments – haven’t tumbled into the ocean or through out an untethered anchor or dropped a laptop. Nothing you would enjoy reading about. Had a big male manatee with a cow grazing the kelp bottom nearby. He was huge. But, he didn’t come close enough for pictures. He was so big I’m now hesitant to get in the water and scrape the hull, that so desperately needs it. I should pull anchor and move over to Dakity anchorage where the water is so clear, over a sandy bottom. So there’s unlikely to be any manatees or big fish – barracuda, tarpon, etc
I doubt I will go further than these ‘virgin islands’. They consist of the Spanish VI; Culebra and Vieques, the USVI; St Thomas and St John (St Croix is too far south), and the British VI; Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. The BVI’s have a reputation for excessive cruising fees and immigration costs. Plus, like most of the West Indies; it’s very crowded. But, I might cruise up there. It’s just a ways beyond StT and StJ. I could see them when I cruised there a couple months ago.
The next group, starting with St Marin, are south of a passage about as big as Mona – you remember the infamous Mona and how she tried to turn me into a landlubber for life. Besides the passage there are many reports of thefts and problems with locals and local governments. This has discouraged me cruising further south.
My next adventure, if you’d want to call it that, is the 2014 hurricane season. It is upon me. Boats are thinning out as cruisers either put their boats up in dry dock (the wealthy ones), lay over at a hurricane hole (big mangrove area like near Salinas) or sail south below the hurricane zone.
But, I’m going to stay here. I really don’t want to go back to Salinas – so many bugs and boats. And, I do like Culebra. So here I’ll stay until there is warning of an actual hurricane and I have time to sail over to the hurricane hole near Salinas.
So should a hurricane, over 70 mph winds, or a Tropical Storm, with winds 50-70 mph, come my way, and I survive, I should have quite a story to tell.