2018 Life Logs, Day 69—Arrival in Mayaguez, PR
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Weather: Sunny and Hot; High 88, Low 72 degrees F
Location: AT Anchor Off Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
What a great ride across the Mona Passage. It was a little rough at times, mostly motor sailing, some sailing, and some just motoring. The most peaceful part was my last hour and half of watch motoring from Rincon to Mayaguez. Clear night, a crescent moon for light, and peaceful seas. I woke Sam up when we were half a mile from the anchoring destination, and we anchored with no hitches. When we awoke this morning, the sun was shining brightly and we headed to shore with Piper. We are anchored where I thought we would be, but it looks different than it did when Mark and I were here in 2015 and took photos of a possible anchorage in Mayaguez. There was a big red round building to the north of the anchorage and it is no longer here. As we assumed, it was taken down by Hurricane Maria. But just next to the pilings on which that building stood, we met Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco this morning. I was so excited to see them on the dock. But by the time they arrived the winds had kicked up a bit and there was no way Coco was going to get into a dinghy and come out to visit on Windbird. But Ziggy wanted to, so Justin and Ziggy came with us in the dinghy and Coco, Jo, and Jo’s adorable new puppy, Maya Moon, headed to a skate park on the water where we could come visit with them later. Ziggy loved being on Windbird again. We visited for a short time and then headed back to shore to visit with Jo and Coco. Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco rode on their skate boards, sometimes with Maya Moon. Justin and family had plans to head further south to have a late lunch with a friend, but Ziggy convinced them he needed to stay on Windbird for the afternoon. So, he returned to the boat with us and we enjoyed a relaxed afternoon of reading and playing games. At 5 pm, we headed back to shore with Ziggy to play in the park and after sunset, Justin and Jo picked him up. In the meantime, we sat on the beach together to watch the sun go down. So beautiful. Justin and crew plan to return tomorrow morning at 7:30 am for a sail from here to Boqueron, about 10 miles south.
Our first day in Puerto Rico was fabulous. Hot, sunny, and lovely time with family. Many thanks to Sam and Dawn for making all of this possible. I would love to post photos, but can only use enough data to post the log and one very special photo from today. At some point, I will get to a source of internet that will allow me to post photos.