We decided to head to Clarence Town, Long Island, and plan the next leg of our trip to Turks and Caicos. We pulled up anchor at 8:00 a.m. and headed out. It was a beautiful day, but there wasn't a lot of wind. We motor-sailed so that we could make the 45 nautical mile trip to Clarence Town before nightfall.
We rounded the top of Long Island and I looked out into the expanse of ocean and said "Hey, what do you think about just going on to the Turks and Caicos right now?". LA looked at me and said "Let's do it". We had checked the weather for the next couple of days and we had good weather to make a 36 hour trip.
The seas were a gorgeous blue as we charted our course to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The wind was not in our favor so we motor-sailed. We were busy charting our course from Long Island. We estimated that the trip would be about 225 nautical miles and take us 36-40 hours. We knew we were not going to be able to sail and make good time. We calculated our fuel consumption and we had plenty of fuel to make the trip.
We were able to hail the "Evergreen" on the VHF radio and make sure he could see us and how he planned to come across our course. As he came nearer to us, we could see just how BIG he was...
|Cape Express crosses in the distance|
Several more ships made their appearance during our passage. A small cargo ship, the "Cape Express" made her way across our bow. I radioed the ship and asked the captain for a weather report. He told me the wind was going to die down a lot during the night and it was going to be flat calm on Tuesday. More motor-sailing.... fortunately, we had plenty of fuel to motor all the way to the Turks.
And, what was LuLu doing on our passage?? When we started out for the day and hoisted the mainsail, LuLu put on her "I am one worried kitty" look.