Sunday, April 5, 2009

Toward Puerto Rico; the Mona Passage

We left Luperon in Dominican Republic Monday at 6:00 PM and arrived to Puerto Rico Wednesday at 03:00 PM. We had to motor all the way as the wind and waves for that stretch are ALWAYS from east. They call them the prevailing wind. Because of that, the only way you can make it is to wait until you get less than 15 knots of wind and small waves for at least 3 days. Preferably 4 days. The first night, we could open the sails for the last 20 miles. Roger was sleeping and I changed the angle allowing the wind to fill our sails. I went to bed and Roger took over the watch. He was sitting in the cockpit when he looked at the piece of metal holding the shroud. He had a closer look and noticed the most horrible thing that can happen on a sail boat. It was half broken. AHHHH! Can’t sail anymore we are risking to lose the mast. He then hurried to close all sails. Well, we are now stuck to motor until we reach Puerto Rico. We found a boatyard that can change riggings so we are going as fast as we can to Ponce to have them change.

Since we left Miami, there is a list of things to repair that is growing. For instance, when we left Rum Cay, Bahamas, we filled up for the first time the 50 gallons tank reserve of diesel. Well, it didn’t take long before we had the diesel in our bilge. The tank is leaking and needs to be repaired. We will have to cut the support of the “v-berth” to get it out, repair it and re-install it. Then do some fiberglass on the supports supporting the v-berth.
When we raised the anchor in Luperon Dominican Republic, the windlass stopped working. Roger raises the anchor manually since then. 55 pounds anchor attached to a 1/2” chain is not easy at all, not talking about all the mud on you when you are done. Oh! I forgot to tell you that the electric winch stopped working at Rum Cay, Bahamas. We set our sails manually since then. It doesn’t matter really because we CAN’T raise the sails anyway!
We also have a list of small things to do so basically, we will stay in Puerto Rico for a little while to fix the boat. Hey! Don’t be sorry for us, we are visiting very nice countries. Beside, all those things happen when we are able to fix it and not in the middle of the ocean, isn’t it?