Here at last! Here at last! It was a fast trip! We knew
about the current in the Caribbean, and we were rubbing our
hands with glee over the prospect of having 2 knots for free.
We should know by now nothing is free. When the wind blows
hard from any way other than the way the current is going, you
go on a long hobby horse ride hanging on all the way. Neither
of us slept, although after a while you get used to the waves.
We saw of Speedo register speeds over 8 knots which is Grace's
hull speed. We had 25-30 knots of wind & a 2 knot current. But
of course, we had to get stuck in the reef trying to exit
Ambergris Cay, San Pedro. Needless to say, we did not leave
Belize with all flags flying, but we did stir up some muck on
the way out.
We are now safely anchored off Cancun, an architectural
art gallery for hotels. White sand beaches for miles with
hotels, condominiums & resorts lining them for as far as
the eye can see are almost illusory after the jungles &
mangroves of Belize & Honduras. All along the Central
American coast mountains rise inland, but here on the
Yucatan there is only beach & flatland. We are hoping
to rent a car & take a trip inland to Chichen Itza & Tulum
2 Mayan sites. It depends on the next weather window &
whether we can find a safe marina for Grace. There are 2 cold
fronts on the way & we can't leave her on the hook with the
Next stop-Key West or Marco Island. We bought our
customs sticker when we were home last time, so we should
be able to just call in from Marco Island. Jerry says that
Key West is a great place, though. Wherever the wind blows us!
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- March 9, 2002