Let's see how it went...
On Friday in Salinas we walked back up to the grocery store and with the much needed help of a taxi ride back to the boat we did a final provisioning trip, mostly on cannd and bottled goods. You'll think that all we've done on PR is provision, but with prices like we won't see again in the islands we hope now that we've got supplies laid in for quite a while.
|Canned goods stored in the bilges.|
|Can you tell we like Puerto Rican sangria? I foretell of some good times ahead.|
|A final farewell to Salinas and the magnificent mountain views.|
|Never a good sign when there's a gritty float and line attached to the back of the boat.|
The anchorage was silty and rolly so getting the line cut away was no easy job. Henry spent at least 40 minutes in the water getting his head bumped and shoulder bruised, but he was successful in getting the line away and the prop spinning as it should.
|This is one of those times we wished we were divers.|
|Getting the line cut off the propellor shaft in bits and pieces.|
|The final collection of line and float.|
By mid afternoon we decided to divert to Vieques since there was no way we would make it up the coast to the marina before dark. Weren't we thrilled to arrive at the anchorage and find Laura and Jason on Blue Blaze there, welcoming us to drop anchor beside them. We spent the day in Ponce with these good folks and it was wonderful to meet up again.
Even more wonderful was Jason's offer to dive under the boat the next morning and replace our propellor with our spare. Sure enough, there was one small piece of rope left and a small dent in a flange on the propellor so we were very happy to get the new one installed. Friends like this are pretty amazing!
New propellor in place Sunday morning saw us setting off for Culebra. As we sailed around the reef at the tip of Vieques, we were once again in the beautiful clear blue waters of the Virgin Islands and all felt much better in the world. After two weeks of beating our way to windward up the coast of PR we now really appreciate just how special a place the Virgin Islands are with their protected anchorages, shorter distances and beautiful waters.
|A much happier sailor!|
|Heather's Pizza dished up a great dinner in a very busy little spot.|