Sunday, November 4, 2012

Decision Time

Gotta have coffee for those long crossings
We've been watching the weather for the last week and trying to make a decision about getting to Puerto Rico. To get there we will need to make a 48 hour crossing and the last 24 hours or so of that crossing will be the Mona Passage.  the Mona Passage is the body of water between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  It's dreaded by most sailors because, if you don't pick the right weather, believe me, you will regret the decision to ever leave sight of land.  There are shoals and unpredictable currents everywhere.  The last two times that we crossed the Mona Passage we had no issues at all, and we are hoping for another uneventful crossing.

All weather sources indicated that we should leave Luperon on Wednesday and arrive in Boqueron, Puerto Rico on Friday morning.  As we have been watching, our weather window has shortened, making us contemplate leaving Luperon on Tuesday morning in order to arrive in Boqueron on Thursday morning. Another option is to sail for 24 hours and tuck into Samana, Domincan Republic on the east coast and wait there for a good weather window to cross the Mona Passage.  I think we will make a decision today because, if we plan to leave Tuesday morning we have lots of things to get done tomorrow.

We've also been doing some provisioning. We wanted to stock up on some things that are cheaper here than in the Virgin Islands.  We will do more provisioning once we get to Puerto Rico.  We are always excited to get back to the land of Home Depot, Walmart and Sam's Club.  Yes, I know, places that I always tried to avoid when I lived back in the states, but it's kind of exciting to shop there when you haven't been to Wally World in 6 months.

Anyway, stay tuned for our decision.  You can track Storyville by clicking on the "Where is Storyville" button on the right side of the page.

I chopped up some of those delicious Dominican peppers so that I can freeze them

Some of our favorite snacks for night time crossings

I love my Food Saver

We can't leave here without plenty of Bohemia

Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship. ~H.M. Tomlinson

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