Sailing Around The World

Aruba Island Landfall!

We made our passage last night from Curacao to Aruba Island, 75 nautical miles so we would arrive this morning. We left at 4:30pm yesterday and as we made it out into the ocean as the night sky filled the air we found ourselves navigating through a crowd of sleeping giants. There was at least 15 to 20 oil tankers/freighters off the cost of Curacao drifting in the wind waiting there turn to off load or fill up with oil products. I spent the first few hours playing my favorite video game! I turned on the radar and was able to see how far away and where each one of the freighters where on the radar screen, because at night on the ocean you have no depth perception. Each one of the freighters looks like it will run you over at any second but they can be anywhere from 100 feet to 10 miles away, regardless it was fun for me to sail through all the dots on the radar screen. As we made our way the wind blew up to 30 mph and we averaged 7.5 knots which was much faster then I planned on. We arrived off the coast of Aruba at 3:30am and put Dragonsbane into irons or you could say we just stalled out the boat into the wind, drifted 1 to 2 knots until we could make landfall at 8am. As we drifted for 3 hours we ended up back into a new group of freighters off the coast of Aruba, but this time it was daylight and we navigated through them with no problem. We cleared into customs, immigration, and sailed to our new marina for the next few days called Renaissance Marina.

What a place! We paid only $87 dollars to tie up for 2 days and we are located in front of a Casino, an entire city bock of fine restaurants, clothing, shops, and malls! But it even gets better because with being in the marina we get access to the resort gym, tennis courts, and their private island where a boat takes you to and from every 30 minutes. So I guess I will have to rough it a bit well we prepare for our next passage to Columbia “3.5 days” or Panama”6 days”.

Dragonsbane Dock Mediterranean Style

Dragonsbane Dock Mediterranean Style

Thanks,

Jacques

3 responses

  1. Barbara Soumis

    Oh my! The picture is like a post card, almost hard to believe. Your description of the navigation through the freighters sounds soooo like you, Jacques!!! Love you, Mom

    March 6, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  2. Elsa and John McKenna

    For a few minutes each day we feel as if we are on vacation in the islands as we read your journal posting. We still have snow and ice here in Antigo, WI but Spring is in the air and we’ll soon be back on the Antigo Trail and Boardwalk. Dale, we’ll check with Joe Jopek as to when we can safely ride our bikes. We follow you with our Atlas trying to figure your next move – a bright spot in our day . You are a good journalist, Jacques. Perhaps a book will be published at journey’s end? Elsa and John McKenna

    March 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    • I am so glad you are following along and enjoying the blog.

      March 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm