December 18, 2009
Unless something unforeseen happens, today will be our last day here. Provisioning is done and Gene will check out of the country today and settle up with the boatyard. I am going to do a load of handwashing and wipe down the interior while we have access to water. I still have some water and books to stow. Not sure where I’ll find room.
Some Parakeets just flew over. I will miss their morning squawks.
This leg will be about 630 nautical miles. If we have a decent passage without much drama we should make the Holandes group in the San Blas Islands (Lat. 9*36N 78*40W) in four days. That means we should be at anchor and rested and comfortable for Christmas. We spent Christmas last year at sea and I don’t want to do it again this year. Gene is saying I shouldn’t put in writing that we should be at anchor in four days because it’s bad luck. God, talk about a superstitious sailor. I’m glad I haven’t become that way. We checked out today but won’t be leaving until tomorrow because today is Friday and everyone knows you can’t set sail on Fridays.
Our route; we're taking Jimmy Cornell's advice and staying off-shore.
Our new Solar Shower is already broken. It came that way. The flap that you close after filling it with water doesn’t close properly and the water seeps out. I sat it upright to keep the water in, but it probably won’t stay that way under sail. These things have been around forever; WHY CAN’T SOMEBODY DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE SOMETHING THAT WORKS???!!! This is our 10th????solar shower? Well, we still have the old standby—the bug sprayer. I just thought it might be nice to get more than a mist for a shower. Shoulda known better.
I guess my nerves are making me cranky.
We will contact you all again when we can.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR