“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Turks & Caicos

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Turtle Rock

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Water color changes:  darker blue (close) is the deep water; the beautiful turquoise is the more shallow water

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After a 36-hour passage from Long Island, Bahamas, we arrived in Providenciales (Provo) in the country Turks & Caicos.  Our plan was to have a 7-day or less stopover here in order to provision, take on water and fuel and wait for a weather window to head to the Dominican Republic.  Staying any later then 7-days in this country would mean that we would have to pay an additional hefty fee – No Thanks! 

This island was full of resorts and a fee is required by each resort in order to enter and go to their beaches and restaurants.  All of the nice beaches are privately owned (residences or resorts) and nothing is within walking distance.  The marina owner was nice enough to drive the cruisers to the grocery store each day; other than that, we did not spend any time outside of the marina.

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Several boats that are headed to the Caribbean had come into this marina in Provo within a day or so of each other.  We quickly made friends with Kendra (Owner/Captain) & Darren (Crew) on sv Sea Frog; you can follow her travels on Where is Kendra – My Adventures on Sea Frog. And, thanks to Barbara Hart on sv La Luna (published author and blogger – check out Harts at Sea)  for the introductions, we met up with Rhonda & Travis and their three kids (Quincy, Jonah, Daphnie) on sv Party of Five. This family is on a plan to sail the world! You can follow them at Party of Five.

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sv Sea Frog                                                                        sv Party of Five

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Left to Right adults:  Darren, Kendra, Rhonda, Travis, Fabio (sv Odoya), Stacey                                                                                                                                      Kids of sv Party of Five:  Jonah, Quincy, and Daphnie

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In order to stage to jump to Luperon, Dominican Republic, we headed to South Caicos.  We anchored in Cockburn Harbor.  We were surprised that this sleepy little town was having a huge party – their Annual Regatta.  This regatta included sail and power boat races, junkanoo, face painting, games, bands, food & beverages.  A few of the more daring guys in our group ate turtle and did not feel so well later that night!

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Great name for a boat:  RUM DRINKER 1

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Junkanoo performers

Finally, we paid an extra fee to the government official in order to check-out over the weekend, and we were off to Luperon the next day.

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5 thoughts on “Turks & Caicos

  1. Love to see these updates! And great photos!

    • Thanks Barb!

      I tried to drunkly make a Facebook comment to you the other night blaming you for being drunk since you introduced us to Party of Five. We haven’t slept much since meeting them three weeks ago. To many late night sessions of Mexican Train Dominoes.

  2. You two do an amazing job describing your travels! Please please continue telling your story & the anchorages you visit. Wish we could have explored the DR & South coast of Puerto Rico. We’re now on the ICW in FL. It seems so simple and safe here with charts we trust and channel markers!!! We’ll open a flat tire for you two and your successful passages to come (knocking on wood right now just in case I jinxed you guys).

    • A Flat Tire!? Man do we miss good beer.

      Safe travels back north. Tell everyone at CSM we said hi when you get there.

      Oh, and stop at Cumberland Island in GA if you can. One of our favorite spots on the ICW.

  3. Thank you! ICW can be pretty tricky: wake from power boats, shoaling at and inside the channel markers, and sooo many bridges. Safe travels and have fun!

    Cheers!

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