From December 27th to January 8th, Captain Phil and I took his boat, Diva, to Cuba. The goal was to sail, testing our skills and tools in preparation for more sailing later this year. The trip was a grand success and we learned lots and lots about what it takes to go "cruising"!
I have too many pictures and stories, so I thought I would break the trip up into two posts, Cienfuegos (this one) and the islands (coming soon). On December 27th, we left Montego Bay Harbour at 3:30 in the afternoon and set sail for Cienfuegos. We sailed straight through 3 days and 2 nights, taking turns for night watches. On the morning of the first day at sea, I finished my lunch, said to Phil, "I guess I'm not going to get seasick on this trip," and promptly threw up. Other then a couple other nauseous moments (directly related to the size of the swells around us,) I was fine. On a cheerier note, the evening before we arrived in Cienfuegos, we had a pod of dolphins swim at the bow of the boat, playing in the wake, for a fantastic twenty minutes.
|You can see the Cayman Trench in the sea between Jamaica and Cuba. It has depths of over 7000 meters.|
|The channel to Cienfuegos. Notice the old fortified castle in the back left of the picture.|
|Stubble from 3 days at sea.|
|The Cienfuegos marina|
|View of boats on anchor from our spot on the dock.|
|My mojito at the marina bar.|
|Beer dispensers - they had a core for ice cubes in the middle and then a spout at the bottom so you always had cold beer!|
|One of the "classic rides" in Cuba.|
|We found a little park full of sculptures. Cuba may not have a lot of shopping, but there is an enormous amount of art - paintings, sculptures and music are everywhere.|
|Captain Phil, "in hand" with a typical Cuban house behind him.|
|Living room seating, anyone?|
|Me piloting the boat through the marks out of the channel.|
|Cuban mountains in the distance. We would follow this range along the coast.|
|Sunset at sea.|