Welcome to Turks and Caicos

3 day sail to Turks and Caicos was our first longish’ voyage…  

No not 30 days across the ocean, but at least we were far enough offshore that my buddy Rusty would be crying to his Momma!
Pics to follow, were on super duper dialup right now…
First Day:  Dead calm to start..  Some light Rain..  sun… more wind… rain, sun, sun sun sun…everyone getting into their groove..  3 hour shifts…  lots of sleep for everyone..  
Second Day: Calm to start.. then WIND.. sun..  sun.. sun.. beautiful.. can’t be beat..
Sailing along without a care in the world..  3 hour shifts as usual..  Mountains of DR are beautiful..  we really should have spent a month exploring them..  Jimmy Buffett on XM Radio
Sunset comparable to Lake Huron in August..  🙂
Midnight:  Vessel TwoFish calls Island Dancer seeing us on AIS..  they are on a Cat with 5000 miles so far on their trip heading to New York..  with 2 Canadians on board.. they want to trade the Canadians for a case of beer and a jug of maple syrup…  Need more info on the crew eh… 
Seems our schedules are the same..  perhaps we meet again?
Third Day: Perfect Wind..  Sunny.  BIG Breakfest of eggs, bacon,  hash browns, coffee…Then more wind..  then more wind.. then black clouds…
Reefing in the sail a bit..  more wind… more speed..  reefing in the sails again…  when the wind hit 40..  then 42..  hummm…   boat speed approached 8 with just inch’s of sail deployed, but easily manageable to a point Robin said to Timbo:  “Are you going to get some sleep?”
I must say this boat can take swells and wind like they are a splash in a baby pool (Not really, but you get my point..  some were freaking HUGE MAN !!! but NO way I was going to bed!!!)
Later in the night the wind died down to 20’s again and we hit the sails to make landfall for daybreak…
Customs and Immigration:  completed on a freezer at a grocery store.. it was Saturday so we asked a guy on a peddle bike to go to their house (wake them up?) and get them to come out and clear us in…  soooo friendly people…  
Come to find out there is a Marine Biology school 500 yards from our boat..  Kids from all over the world there..  We open the gate, walk-in,   Allie is welcomed with open arms by more than 40 kids her age…  
Robin and Timbo leave for Lunch at a local burger joint…  Wonder how Allie is doing???  hummmmmm?  Apparently a bunch of local school kids were coming over this afternoon for a tour, Allie will love meeting them as well.
According to the Dive masters at the school (who drove us to the burger joint), the diving RIGHT here is next to the best of anywhere, and thats why students are there from all over the world…..  perhaps we are NOT leaving tonight as planned…  but that will be yet… another story!
Have a Great Day
Timbo!!!
 

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