Just after departing Aruba about an hour and a half out, we caught our first black-fin Tuna…yum yum…and two and half hours later we landed a beautiful 4.5 lb Mahi Mahi…yum yum yum…
add to that the fact that we were under sail alone in ideal conditions and this made for a most enjoyable passage. We were buddy-boating with our friends Terry and Barb S/v Wind Whisperer and stayed in close contact throughout the 22 hour passage arriving in the mid morning in almost perfect condition.
It was with some surprise we noted when taking our sails down, that our mainsail had parted about a ¼ of the way from the top from luff to leach…needless to say this was not ideal. However it was not the end of the world and the next legs were all downwind which we could facilitate easily with headsail alone.
We found this wide open roadstead anchorage to be quite comfortable with an easterly off shore breeze altho we might not recommend this in a south or western onshore breeze. We anchored in closer to shore than the Pizzazz guide book recommends and we had good holding in 6.3 feet of water…not too deep but with inches to spare it was very good and comfortable holding. We were near the village and easy to take Doc ashore. The locals were friendly and the long sandy beaches allowed for leisurely strolling while we enjoyed watching some tourist Kite surfers do their acrobatics skimming along in the shallow waters only feet from the sandy beach.