Bahia las Aguillas, no, we are not going to make that, the weather window is shrinking and we just can make it until Ile à Vache, so that’s what we do, weather rules. Just before we are leaving our water maker breaks down, a crack in a cylinder which is impossible to repair. Back to the time when we didn’t have a water maker, we top up our tanks (500 litres) and three to four weeks must be possible before we need water again. In Puerto Rico there is an agent of Spectra and in two days they can have our parts, they say. The agent of Spectra is a live-aboard in Ponce, the harbour we want to go to when we arrive in Puerto Rico, very convenient 🙂 . Our sail to Ile à Vache is a good one, seas are not that high and the wind, as always more than predicted, comes from a nice angle. Or is it that our sailing is improving, whit all four sails, mizzen, reefed mainsail, jib and reefed genoa we sail quit close-hauled. In the night we wanted to reef our mizzen because winds are getting stronger but a wave set Ronald on his wrong leg an hanging on the sail a big …… torn appears. We are going to repair that immediately in Ile à Vache, we can’t miss our mizzen for the close-hauled sailing.
The evening we arrived in Ile à Vache we are eating langouste and salad whit a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
The reparation of the mizzen sail is going very well, a part by hand and a part with the sewing machine. Thanks to Wild Bird for the material, we used the old sails we got from Gail to make shopping bags but this is for now a better second live 🙂 .
It appears that we are getting a fantastic weather window to go east at the end of the week. A big depression on the northern Atlantic is the cause that there is less wind in our region so we can go east more easy. Later in the week the wind is even coming from the west, but we are not going to wait for it 🙂 . Davide, our favourite boat boy, is getting some extra fuel for us on the main island and we also go with him to the market to shop for the next week. The market is only on Monday and Thursday and takes a walk of more than one our over hills and along the coast.
We discover why the name of Ile à Vache (island of cow) is as it is. The cows grow up here and are transported by small fishing boat without a motor, to the big island. The cow is walking through the water, the front legs are put on the boat and then they are turning the tail so the cow will jump on the boat. Four cows in a sailing boat of 8 meters long, and four people aboard go for a sail of 10 miles, chapeau!!
The market is crowded with people, there is a lot of vegetables, a bit fruit, chicken but also shoes and clothes. You can also buy live stock like a pig you just tie on your luggage carrier, well if you can stand the noise they make.
Ile à Vache is a stay over worthy, white beaches, palm trees, blue sea, fisherman who sell lobster and fish and at night it is really dark.
There is no electricity on the island and people depend on small solar panels where they can charge their phones. But internet is available and you can buy a data card 🙂 🙂 .