Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to Mayaguana, Bahamas

After moving the boat across the marina to the fuel dock in the afternoon to not only top up our fuel tanks but also to double-check that there were no issues with the engine, we paid our bill, checked out with the officials and finally left Puerto Plata at 5pm on Friday, just ahead of the thunderstorms that we could see behind us for quite a long time. We weren’t.. Read More

Part arrived!

Today was a good day. Thanks to several inquiries by the marina on our behalf, we found out that the package we had been waiting for would be delivered around noon today. So we worked on a few minor tasks around the boat in the morning, eagerly listening to channel 68 on the VHF radio in case the marina wanted to reach us. Finally around 1PM we heard that the.. Read More

Part arrived!

Today was a good day. Thanks to several inquiries by the marina on our behalf, we found out that the package we had been waiting for would be delivered around noon today. So we worked on a few minor tasks around the boat in the morning, eagerly listening to channel 68 on the VHF radio in case the marina wanted to reach us. Finally around 1PM we heard that the.. Read More

Anticipated arrival of replacement part

Yesterday was spent pulling our aft cabin apart in anticipation that the replacement autohelm part would arrive today, which it sadly did not. While not particularly difficult to do, the process of being able to access the autopilot linear drive was laborious as it involved draining and removing the hot water heater which sits on the white shelf above the quadrant (shown in picture #2). However, to remove the water.. Read More

Food and Drink in the DR

Having replaced seals on head #2 yesterday, we felt we had earned yet another day off. OK, I know that many folks still in the workforce or studying hard to enter it are thinking that it is a bit of a stretch but regardless, we had some more fun today. Having read about the differences in rums, we felt it only right to go and visit a distillery to see.. Read More

First impressions of the DR

Thursday saw us renting a car and exploring around Puerto Plata. It was an easy process as the car was delivered to the marina, we paid in advance in cash so all we had to do at the end of the 2-day rental was to return the key to the marina desk and they arranged for the car to be picked up again. Driving in the DR proved to be.. Read More

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Our 2-day passage from Fajardo, PR to Puerto Plata, DR with Steve as crew was an interesting downwind trip. It started off in light winds under motor but by the afternoon of the first day, the wind filled in and we had some great downwind sailing. Seas became a bit lumpy as we passed the Mona Passage between PR and the DR, so the preventer lines came in handy to.. Read More

Puerto Rico

A short update tonight as we have an early start tomorrow. The trip to Fajardo was good but in very variable conditions and more motoring than we would have preferred. We enjoyed a short visit to the El Yunque Rain Forest this morning and Steve arrived this afternoon. Our next trip to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic is expected to take us around 51 hours so we expect to arrive on.. Read More

Float Plan update

I am finishing up last minute laundry while Howard is on his way to Road Town to check us out of the BVI. The wind is favorable for us to make a start today. So, we plan to go as far as Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas (USVI) this afternoon, then go to Puerto Del Ray Marina near Fajardo, Puerto Rico tomorrow where we will await the arrival of our crew,.. Read More

Back in Nanny Cay

I know you don’t need to be told because you can see for yourselves from our tracker page, but just in case you haven’t been there today, we are now back in Nanny Cay Marina, having had a most enjoyable broad reach back from North Sound in fresh 20 to 27-knot Easterlies with the sun shining …. what more could we ask for? We flew just the genoa most of.. Read More