Monday, March 19, 2012

A Free Five Star Week, Oh My!

We arrived in Samana D.R. just over a week ago after about 24 hours underway from Luperon. Because we had heard about problems checking in with the authorities in Samana, we decided to check in at the local marina, Puerto Bahia Marina, which happens to be part of a 5 star resort. We were happily surprised to find that the marina is very reasonably priced so we decided to splurge and spend one night here. Infinity pools, spa, the whole bit. But then it just got better. We soon learned that If we agreed to participate in their first spring regatta, we could have a week of free dockage. Several hours of fevered discussion among the cheap cruisers ensued about WHICH was the free week and whether we could truly stay here for one week for free, but it all worked out perfectly.

So we hung out here for the week, including a couple of days at Los Haitises national park. Had a wonderful time with the 7-8 other cruisers who traveled here from Luperon. Got 3d place in the catamaran category in the regatta and won a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. And to top it all off, we went to an amazing post-regatta soiree out on the point overlooking the Bay with the Dominican high society. Attire: blanco casual. It was truly FABULOUS.

But alas, the weather window is upon us, so we are checking out with the cammandante and immigration this morning and heading across the (sometimes dreaded) Mona Passage later tonight. But the forecast is for flat calm. We expect to arrive in Boqueron Puerto Rico after about 24 hours. Hasta luego, the crew of Blue Kai.

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