|Sunset from Store Bay Tobago|
We dropped our mooring ball at 00:06 (just after midnight) and motored out of Chaguaramas. The half moon was not yet up, although there are lots of various lights in this commercial port. Tom sat up on the starboard bow to keep an eye out for traffic and floating debris - lit and unlit. We motored through the Boca quickly on an out going tide, getting a nice boost as we went. There was a strong scent of sandalwood in the air as we passed through. Very strong. Perhaps sandalwood trees?
Once clearing the Boca, we turned east along the north coast of Trinidad. "How far off the coast do you travel when you guys take your boat to Tobago?" I asked Dave on sv Cape. "The locals will tell you as close as you dare...1/4 to 1/2 mile." Gulp.
|sv Honey Ryder at anchor in Store Bay Tobago|
So anyway...we motored along approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile off the coastline. Luckily, there were no fishing floats or nets. We saw two small fishing pirogues. Both had small flashing lights in addition to the driver's flashing headlamp. That light configuration takes awhile to figure and and trust me......it is NOT in the Colregs! Thankfully neither pirogue approached us, although my pulse did increase as they passed by. At times there was actually a slight counter current to the Equatorial Current that races up and over the top of Trinidad so our speed wasn't terrible - say 4 knots average.
Morning came and we continued our motoring east. It's a big coastline At Grand Riviere Bay we finally turned NE toward Tobago. Of course the wind was a touch NE and so we set the main only and continued to motor sail. Soon after setting our sail, we spotted a huge leatherback. One of the nesting locations in Trinidad is Grand Riviere Bay. The females travel thousands of miles to come ashore and lay their eggs there April through March. This one was a tad early but I guess when you are pregnant, you are pregnant. Remember when we went to see the giant leatherbacks in Grenada? Truly unique experience. If you ever have a chance to go and see that - do!
|Crown Point Beach|
Bonus: All that motoring meant our batteries where fully charged and we had hot water for 3 days after arriving.