As I sit at the computer working on our website, I’m stunned as always, by how quickly the time passed on our 2012 cruising season. We met some lifelong friends in our travels this year, the kind of friends you really hate to leave and can’t wait to see again.
One evening Gary, Patty, Joy, and I attended a Meet and Greet with ambassadors from Guyana. The Minister of Tourism, three other officials, and one resort owner presented a slide show about their country, their developing yachting business, and they encouraged us to visit. Guyana is only 250 miles further south, just one short sail along South America’s eastern seaboard. Also attending were Chris Doyle of Doyle’s Cruising Guides and Mr. Peake of Peake’s Yacht Service, Chaguaramas. Doyle’s Guides are known to all cruisers and Mr. Peake is one of the guiding forces in the development of the yachting industry in Trinidad. Both encouraged us to visit this beautiful country.
Will we go to Guyana? Right now we say no, but never say never. It is a fascinating land, a haven from hurricanes, who knows. Do you realize Guyana produces the world’s #1 Rum? Hmmm.
Before we were ready, it was time to haul and secure the boat. Gary and Patty hauled before us at Peake’s Yacht Services, then Gary offered to help me bring our boat to the haul out slip at Power Boats. I’m glad he helped because the haulout slip lies crossways to the swift current, and the passing commercial traffic makes the water quite rough in the slip itself.
Had I tried to back the boat in by myself, I might well have sustained damage to the boat before I could have secured her. One note here, the travel lift at Power Boats is just barely large enough to haul Ocean Angel without removing her backstay, and removing the stay would have created a precarious situation with all the water movement.
Ocean Angel sits with her winter cover on, ready for the hurricane season rains and protected from much of the dust and dirt that’s unavoidable when hauled out in the yard. Jill and Tony from Nychea had encouraged us to spend the additional money for this protection knowing from experience that it would be money well spent. Ocean Angel is just two steps from the apartment we rented while making her ready for hurricane season, and she stands directly in front of the Boater’s Shop at Power Boats.
When Jesse James picked us up at 4 AM for the ride to the airport, we tried not to look back. It was very hard to leave – but – we already have our flight booked and are excited to return. But for this season, for the next 6 months, we, and you along with us —