|Resting after the long travel day|
Brenda's sister Karen and her husband Peter arrived Friday evening for a late dinner and then settled into our charter boat. "Ada" is a Beneteau 43-3 sloop with three berths and three heads. We used the third berth for all of Karen and Peter's dive gear. Ada has amazing storage and Mike particularly liked the impressive headroom she provides.
Jim and Cecelia, owners of Pro Valor Charters, were fun, friendly and informative while they completed the paperwork and boat check out the next morning. We provisioned at a Rite-Way grocery store conveniently located a couple hundred yards away. Once everything was properly stored we powered out of the marina to begin our adventure.
We motored across the Sir Fancis Drake Channel to Machioneel Bay, Cooper Island. It is only 5 nm from Fat Hog's Bay, so it made a nice short shake down cruise to get the feel of our boat. We picked up our first mooring ball on the very first try. Yippee! We then promptly dropped the boat hook over the side of the boat. Not so yippee. Fortunately the boat hook is a floating version and we were able to rescue it using the dinghy. We'd like to say we learned our lesson, but that poor boat hook swam a couple more times over the next twenty days.
We quickly donned our snorkeling gear as we all kept commenting on the beauty of the islands and the clear blue water. After a great snorkeling session we fired up the outdoor grill and had a wonderful meal aboard. We toasted the evening and our fortune in the cockpit with various sundowners. We were on a sailboat in the Caribbean with nothing to worry about except where to sail to the next day. Or as Brenda often said, "Take me somewhere beautiful!".