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sailing and diving around the world
Went into Scarborough to clear out and went back to the boat. While Seb and Obi squared the boat away for the night sail, I went below and prepared a Chinese-style chicken and broccoli dish. It was dark before we finished eating. We weighed anchor at 8pm and headed out to sea. We had the wind behind us again, so it was a very comfortable sail, all the way to Trinidad. Of course, from Tobago, you can see Trinidad very clearly. As you near Trinidad, you can also see Venezuela, to the west. We arrived in Chagauramas at 10am, but couldn't drop the hook til 11am, because the anchorage was packed. As we started to circle, looking for a spot, the blurry-eyed boat owners started to show up on their decks, calling out advice as to where a good spot would be for us to anchor. One or two of them told us where not to anchor, reminding us of tidal changes, etc. One crazy-looking guy, totally naked, was yelling at us to f..k off! Some boat owners become very apprehensive and stressed out when a new vessel arrives. Some people, without much experience, often make the mistake of anchoring too close to the other boats, or even making the serious mistake of anchoring right over another boat's anchor chain. Causes quite a mess and tempers really begin to flare because the boat whose anchor chain has been covered by another's anchor chain is trapped and can't leave until the intruding party actually weighs anchor. Anyway, we managed to find a spot where we weren't in conflict with any other boats. In fact, we are in a pretty good spot, fairly close to shore, so it doesn't take us too long to get to shore for cold beers and wifi.
The night sail was particularly important because it was Obi's first time standing a night watch by himself. Standing a night watch means exactly that.... you watch. In total darkness, you have to be able to identify the size of the other vessel, and which direction it's travelling, just by looking at its lights. A single green light means it's crossing your bow from left to right. A single red light means it's crossing your bow from right to left. A single white light means it's moving away from you. A red and a green, side by side, means think fast, because it's coming right at you! He did a great job. We did three-hour watches. One guy on, then he's off for six.
The progression of videos is my attempt to give you a feel for what it's like to stand a night watch, with daylight approaching, as you near your destination, in this case, Trinidad. The first video starts at around 5:30am, just as the sun is starting to peek over the horizon. The rest were taken every half hour or so, til we get to Chagauramas, Trinidad, and anchor. As you'll see, it started to pour as we were anchoring.
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