After an unexpected delay in Fort Lauderdale, we set off south-east and headed for the Bahamas, then on to the Turks & Caicos and the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, we had missed our weather window, which meant we had to spend 10 days and nights in heavy weather with 33-knot winds directly on the nose. Not pleasant, even for seasoned sailors, which we weren’t, apart from our skipper who took it all in his stride. These rough conditions were a serious test for Thandiwe, but she passed with flying colors.
Once we finally reached the BVI, the 500SE’s large trampoline and top side provided plenty of space for sunbathing and daily yoga. This seemed to be our daily routine for the rest of our three-month cruise down to Granada, where Thandiwe was left on the hard over the hurricane season.