Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico
Position: 18:04.755N 65:47.798W
Date: Thursday 20th March 2014
The anchorage in Puerto Real was not as sheltered as the previous one in Ensenada Honda and the boat rolled around in the swells working their way into the anchorage. On Thursday morning we upped anchor and sailed over to the main island of Puerto Rico. The winds were very light and after spending several hours trying to get the cruising chute to fill properly we eventually dropped sails and motored the remaining few miles.
On the way we caught a fish, a small tuna that was large enough for the two of us to have a splendid dinner.
We decided to put into the marina at Palmas del Mar, where we could leave the boat safely for a few days whilst we hired a car to look around the island. The marina staff were very welcoming and on arrival there were two people ready at our allotted berth with spare large fenders and ready to take our lines. In the event the spare fenders were very useful as the marina had clearly been constructed with larger vessels than ours in mind as the sides of each berth were cast in concrete and raised about 1 metre above the water. Our topsides were just high enough to avoid slipping underneath the pontoons.