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December 24, 2010

Swimmer came by to visit

After anchoring at the island just off Fajardo I ran the dinghy off to town to find a phone to call in our clearance. On the way back I noticed a very large green iguana swimming the channel to the island, jokingly I said something to the iguana as I passed by about needing a lift to shore. As I got back to the boat I noticed the iguana had changed course and was making his way to the dinghy. I called for Mikiko to come see him as he was going to swim by the boat. He went straight to the dinghy and climbed up gave us a look like, "Ok, I'm here.. give me something". Mikiko ran inside to get a few greens for our new guest. Rejecting all offerings of food our news dinghy guest decided it was time for a nice nap in the sun.

Since we had been sailing for days and wanted to get some food that we didn't cook. We jumped in the dinghy and started off to the island with our guest riding along, he actually seemed to be enjoying the ride. Once at the bar we tied up on the seawall and went in.

I went to check on our guests status about an hour later and he had moved to being on top on the nice warm black outboard. At this point the bar owner noticed the iguana sunning and called into the bar to come look at the funny iguana. I guess the massive rush of people spooked the guy and he swam off.

Goodbye North Altlantic

GlobalHopper has traveled 72 hours solid, Mikiko and I working and sleeping in three hour shifts. We have now completed 940 of the charted 2660nm to Panama.

We have now crossed into Caribbean Sea leaving the North Atlantic not knowing when or if we will return. We have made a lot of good friends and found some new favorite places that we hope to come back and spend a lot more time with.

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December 23, 2010

Headed to Puerto Rico

Sailing south-east in large swells we made it to the Dominican Republic in very good time and was able to maintain 8-10kts in stable winds. Once close to DR the winds changed and became lighter just as the report from before we left had predicted. The crackberry had completely gone in the weeds.

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December 21, 2010

Leaving the Cacios Bank

After a short break in Turks and Cacios, we are headed off on the longest passage so far on this trip. Sailing south on the Thorny Path we think we found a good weather window ahead of a cold front (again).

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December 18, 2010

Arrived Caicos

Three long days of hard sailing brings us to Caicos. 570 of the 2660nm to Panama completed. There is some weather coming, so we will be here for a few days to let that pass before getting our move on again. For the first time in the adventure we actually needed to dawn the foul weather gear. The thorny path has lived up to it's name and we are glad to take a break from the seas Neptune gave us.

Uploaded a video-blog of us arriving and navigating the shallows, lots of heads to avoid some only inches others just feet under the water...

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December 15, 2010

New Friends in Georgetown

Spent a few days in Georgetown, the big city of the Exumas, waiting for a bit of weather to pass. We anchored just off the Chat'n Chill beach bar. It was really cool to meet new people and reunite with a few that we met on the way north in May.

Georgetown is 260 completed of the 2660nm to Panama, from here we get our move on...

I got inspired by a few guests to the boat to make a video-blog, please enjoy.

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