We left Spanish Water after clearing out on Friday morning. Taking the 0800 bus, we managed to visit Customs and Immigration and be back on the boat by 1030. We found out that Customs is open 24 hours a day, Immigration work from 0730 until 2100 and neither have a lunch closure.
The anchor, having held us in some gusty weather, took some getting up and had a coating of green weed. Once we were free we motored out of the cut, finding some quite shallow water but holding our nerve through the entrance and out through the reefs. We knew we would be motoring all the way to Klein Curaçao but it was only 14 miles and a good taste of what we may have to do trying to get east to Grenada next month.
Klein Curaçao is uninhabited and lies just south east of Curaçao. During the day a few tripper boats bring holiday makers to the white sandy beach and a couple of thatched shades give them some shelter from the blazing sun. Apart from that, a beautiful reef, working lighthouse, couple of wrecks on the windward coast and a couple of mooring buoys is all there is.
We anchored in the sand in about 4 metres but let out all the chain we had used in Spanish Waters, some 35 metres. Our intention was to go diving and use the last of the air to scrub the chain. No sooner than we had stopped the engine, lots of blue tang swam up to the chain and started eating off the weed! We finished the job later on though and enjoyed the clearest water we have seen so far. The island is only a mile and a half long and towards 1600 all the day trip boats left, leaving just us and 2 other yachts.
At daybreak we left for Bonaire and despite having to motor sail for a couple of hours, we had a wonderful, fast sail for the last two, straight into the mooring field. Ken and Judith on ‘Badger’s Sett’ were waiting for us and helped us onto the mooring we first picked up in July, right outside Karel’s Bar. As it is Regatta Week here, the moorings are busier than usual and the ones outside the Yacht Club are for the visiting competitors. In addition, it is definitely party time with loud music until 0300 for 5 nights! Ear plugs come in useful in the Caribbean 🙂
There can’t be more than 10 yachts racing but the course is behind the mooring field, so we have a great view. The dinghies have to go round a mark just in front of us and we get to see all the children, several times a day, trying their best to get around our bow. We were going to enter but unfortunately would not be insured to race.
We checked into Bonaire again straight away (their hours are Customs 24 hours and Immigration 0700 until 1900 with no lunch closure) and were in Gio’s Ice Cream Shop within the hour! Bonaire is much the same and many of our friends are still here too. Last night there were 17 of us for the Marina Burger Night. With the time approaching for leaving, we are keen to do another scooter tour, dive at sites we haven’t done so far, eat at a couple of good restaurants and find a few more flamingoes. I had a haircut this morning, have a dental check next week and we did the laundry, shopping and filled the boat with fuel and water in readiness for our trip east. Until we get that calm weather window we will continue to enjoy Bonaire.