Turks and Caicos – a new stamp for the passport!
When you enter a new country in a boat you have to take down the courtesy flag of the country you’ve left and raise a Quarantine flag to indicate that you haven’t checked in yet. Once you have cleared Customs and Immigration, you can hoist the courtesy flag of the new country.
We needed to get fuel for the next leg of our trip and South Side Marina is the place to go. The only problem is the charts say the water depth into the marina is only 5.5 feet of water ….and we have a 6 foot draft. Bob, the owner, says we can make it at high tide – he’ll talk us in. And he does! Our depth sounder said there was just a couple of inches of water under the keel – nail biting- but we did it.
Randy took the opportunity of being on a dock and near a boat parts store to fix a few things. Salt water is so corrosive.
The weather settled down and we were ready to move on. The next section of the trip will take 8 hrs and if we want to do it in day light – and we do – we have to leave early in the morning. But high tide isn’t until 2pm. So we leave the marina the day before and go back to Sapodillo Bay for the night. Our friends Sandy and Tom on Renaissance II and a couple from Quebec , Richard and Diane on Rodingard, will be travelling with us.
We sailed across the Caicos Banks and arrived at Sand Cay. Sand Cay is the farthest southeast island of Turks and Caicos. A good place to stage to jump across to The Dominican Republic.
Once we were ancored, we got a call on the VHF radio from our friends on Sandy Feet! They were up at Salt Cay,the next island North, watching the humpback whale. This is the time of year when the whales move through this area to mate and birth calves.
Sandy Feet joined us in the anchorage latter on.
So, we have four boats on our night crossing. There is something reassuring in hear another voice in the night.