Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Leaving the Islands
Set sail from St Thomas on May 26th for the Eastern Seaboard. On board was your truly and a 32 year old woman named Rebbecca. She had never done an ocean passage but was keen to give it a go.
Winds were forecast to be light and they were all the way to our first stop at the Turks and Caicos. We stopped at Gran Turk and anchored off the dock on the SW side of the island. We arrived after 1700 so would have to clear customs in the morning.
Our experience at customs was one of a kind. After customs and immigration the custom officer offered to drive us around the island. Never had that happen before. Everyone we met in town was helpful and glad to have us there. Great experience!
There is a controversy here. Many say Columbus landed on San Salvador an island about 100 miles west of the Turks. Gran Turk maintains he landed here. Their claim has about as much merit as the San Salvador claim so who knows. Anyway the time spent was short and we departed the next day. Plan to return next season if possible