It was a bittersweet ending to an epic voyage - I'm happy to bring Mary safely to her new home in Belize and looking forward to seeing my loved ones in Texas, but sad for the adventure to end.
We made Belizean landfall at Caye Caulker after a relatively calm second half of our journey. The weather was perfect departing Jamaica Sunday morning and we were able to make a good heading and speed for Belize. The following days the wind lessened and we motor sailed to keep moving smartly.
An unexpected bonus of the calm conditions during our daily engine checks: swim breaks in 15,000 feet of water in the middle of the Caribbean.
Not photographed: the whale I missed while taking a nap, and the myriad constellations and shooting stars who kept me company on my daily 11pm to 3am watches.
Special thanks to @gringoparty13 for being our hero when we needed a part. Out of an abundance of caution we decided to replace some needle bearings in the deteriorating steering shaft assembly. Instead of waiting for the parts to clear Jamaican customs with FedEx, Evan volunteered to deliver them to us. We flew him late evening from Texas to Boston, then he took a 3 hour uber trip to New Bedford to pick up the part at 3am, and he continued in the uber to Providence, Rhode Island where he flew at 7am to Baltimore then Montego Bay. Then it was just a short 3 hour jaunt in the rental car, driving on the left through the Jamaican backwoods, to reach Mary at Great Pedro Bay. Evan you went above and beyond and you're a rockstar!
Also rockstars were my crew: captain Lavonne Brown and first mate Patrick Cassidy. I can't say enough about everything you taught me, not the least of which is helping me realize how much I have to learn. Your ample expertise and skill made this adventure both possible and safe. I look forward to staying close and hopefully making another voyage in good time.
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