Up the Orinocco
Blue Beyond , The adventure begins.
Mark and Maxine Frost
Sat 21 Nov 2009 19:36
We decided that this was a trip we couldn't miss , even though we were supposed to be on our way to Bonaire , so we planned to leave first light on Wednesday morning , our friends Dick and Lizzie had hoped their boat would be in the water and ready to go but at the last minute a hitch with the mast held the launching up , no worries, they came with us instead , so our little flottilla of 3 boats left for Venezuala , we had to go through an oil field which took a bit of concentravtion and with the tides as they were we decided to all anchor on the tip of trinidad before we crossed the waters called 'the Serpents mouth' in the morning , we all anchored and settled although it was a bit rolly , and had a nice dinner and a glass of wine , about 10pm we looked across at Argo Nevis who seemed a bit close to shore and was then totally swamped by a huge surfing wave , they were in trouble !, they comfirmed over the radio , they were being hammered by these big waves and were grounding on the sea bed , while we tried to work out a way of helping them , they managed to put a big push with there engine and break through the surf and eventually geting into deep waters , the tide had dropped at and alarming rate , alarming for us too as we also were now on the edge of the breaking surf and had to move further out imediatley, we finenally all re-anchored and settled down for some sleep , we promosed Argo we would keep a vigilant listening watch through the night on the radio as they were very shook up from there experience , sure enough they called at 4am , we respoded in a flash only to find that we were now underinterogation form the trinidadien coastgard, ( after seeing them in actionwith their guns earlier in the week we were very obliging to anything they asked us to do!!!!) |
we gave them all the information they wanted and then they roared off
Naxt morning we left and crossed the Serpents mouth and headed through the Orrinoco delta , we made our way to a small town called Pendelas , where we had to check in with customs , we had a wander around the town which had great streets but not one car , looked very odd , we changed some dollars for bolivars so as we could by a beer somewhere ! (where?)and then we retuned to the boats to make our first entrance up the Manamo river
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