From Deep Bay it’s an easy fast beam reach back down to Jolly Harbor where we again anchor just outside the inner harbor to make final preparations for the end of the season. Sails and running rigging off; flush the water tanks; pickling the water maker, all stuff we would normally do in the heat and stifling humidity of Chaguaramas, Trinidad. What a welcome change. We had fantastic cool dry air flowing through the boat; we could lower the sails in the early morning calm, then move on to other chores when the 25 knot winds made life comfortable in the heat of the day. Sure, there is more to do in preparation here, right in the heart of the hurricane highway, but it just didn’t seem to be such a big deal. We loved it.
The dreaded day dawns; we haul out early one morning, complete the final steps to put our Angel away, and pack our bags for the long flight home. We really don’t want to leave because in spite of difficulties along the way, this year has been one of our best ever. Finding our new home base brought a new level of excitement and satisfaction to our cruising lifestyle, and we are already anxious to return.