Turks and Caicos

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.

 

Randy hoisting the Q flag at dawn.

Randy lowering the Bahamas flag and ready to  hoist the Q flag at dawn.

 

Storm clouds on the other side of the island

Storm clouds on the other side of the island

Pretty and blue ahead

Pretty and blue ahead

Checked into Customs just waiting for Immigration to arrive to stamp our passports

Checked into Customs just waiting for Immigration to arrive to stamp our passports  – Randy, Gary, Tom, Sandy

It de islands mon!

It’s  de islands mon!

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Anchored in Sapodillo Bay

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Drinks and appetizers

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The new dinghy - securely fasened

The new dinghy – securely fasened

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Docked at South Side Marina – fuelled up and waiting out some big winds.

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.

Bob at South Side Marina

Bob at South Side Marina

Bob's Bar

Bob’s Bar

Fixed something

Fixed something

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.

Sapadillo Bay sunset

Sapadillo Bay sunset

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.

Sand Cay

Sand Cay

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.

Andy - up the mast on Sandy Feet

Andy – up the mast on Sandy Feet

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.

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