Clarence Town

Our next stop was Clarence Town, after the adventures with the storm we found it a nice anchorage.

There is a nice marina with very helpful staff but no where big enough for the boats that turn up, one day perhaps.

We went for a short walk before a longer taxi ride. The island had been badly damaged by a hurricane in 2015.

Our first encounter with a land crab.

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The port from seaward

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One of the two highly visible churches.

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Kapowai at anchor, no wind.

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Thunder Storms

We sailed the next day and did an overnight run to Clarence Town, Long Island. Went through a tremendous thunder storm.

We put everything electronic that we could into either the microwave or the oven. We had lightning bursting round us and thunder rolling round the boat for about 3 hours.  We tried to dodge round but it was too big.

Didn’t get zapped though and the rest of the passage was lovely but it was a worrying few hours.

We hadn’t been anchored for long and we were hit with another monster thunder storm, the anchor dragged as the wind whipped us round. Started everything and picked up the anchor and went out the harbour to sea until it had passed. Came back and anchored again.

Here we are just before picking the anchor up, wind speeds over 40 knots and gusts over 60 knots.

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The Hat

Chris, Toni & Jenna took the tender over to the reefs protecting the anchorage and did some snorkelling. While over there Chris’ beloved baseball cap went overboard.

They returned to Kapowai cap-less.

A little while later Toni looks over the side and floating past us was his cap.

A cap overboard rescue was soon completed.

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Mayaguana

We left Providenciales and set set sail for the Bahamas, the nearest island being Mayaguana.

This island is not visited very often by cruisers but Abraham’s Bay is a great anchorage and we were made very welcome by the locals.

The town is right by the tower.

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We had a ray visit us, maybe it liked the shade.

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Turks & Caicos

We heaved anchor and set sail for Providenciales, specifically the Blue Haven marina.

Lovely place, nice beach, good food and a pool with a swim up bar. We tossed a nerf ball to and fro in the pool and others joined in.

Neat entrance, if not a little tricky.

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Big Sandy Cay

With our three new crew members now having clothes and tooth brushes we set sail for Turks & Caicos. Lois and I stopped rubbing tiger balm under our nose and breathed freely again.

Nice easy day trip and we arrived in the late afternoon and anchored in the lee of Big Sandy Cay. When we arrived it was deserted but it didn’t take long and we soon had company.

Plenty of room and a lovely spot.

Sunset as the BBQ warmed up.

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The next morning

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Dominican Republic

A quick note on the Dominican Republic. Without a doubt the friendliest place we visited in the Caribbean. In both Puerto Bahia and Cofresi we experienced helpful and friendly people and always cheerful.

Noonsite sort of hinted that the officials could be rigid with fixed sailing times etc but we were always given tremendous leeway.

I have read it is the most popular destination and I can see why.

Ocean World

The main reason for visiting Ocean World was that it was a handy place for the 3 new crew to fly into from the UK, via Frankfurt.

The airline lost their bags and we had to wait another two days for them to arrive.

On the second day we were invited to breakfast. This turned out to be part of a sales plan so we ended up having a tour of the facility. It is a nice place and very well done, especially the villas.

Here are a sample of photos, no interest in the place and with a perfect holiday home in Kapowai it was of no interest.

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But nicely done.

Cofresi

Our next destination was the Ocean World marina at Cofresi just to the west of Puerto Plata. It had mixed reviews but we had nothing to complain about.

The casino pictured had a brilliant light show each night and we sometimes heard the crowd noise at the aquarium but only during the day.

Our fellow marina users were good fun, especially Fernando in the old US Coast Guard cutter next to us. He was trying to sell it, living aboard with no power and working on it during the day. But a good neighbour and a great help with translations.

Kapowai in the marina:

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