Feb 26, 2011
Today marked the completion of our first long-term passage, though we arrived a full day ahead of schedule. 3-hour watch team rotations brought us in sight of Bonaire in the morning, and soon we had all hands on deck to strike sails and motor up to Harbor Village Marina. Actually, this morning marked an achievement for the Argo record books231 nautical miles in 24 hours. We arrived in Bonaire around noon and made fast to a dock for the first time since we set out from Antigua. After a scrumptious lunch, the whole crew had to pay a visit to the customs office. Next and most importantly, gave a hearty thanks to Argo by giving her a thorough scrub-down. Being docked is a strange sensation gone is the perpetual rocking to which we have all grown accustomed, reminding us that what was once so foreign has now become second nature. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I miss the endless motion. However, I will not deny that it is nice to have real showers and flush toilets. Minor details in the life of a sailor. But the single greatest aspect of being docked is that no one has to sit on deck in the wee hours of the night to ensure that the boat stays securely anchored, so everyone gets a full nights sleep!