Recap of sailing trip

Trip Start Jan 03, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The sailing trip through the Belizeian Cayes was an amazing trip. We left early Saturday morning from Caye Caulker with a group of 18 and a crew of 3. We were on a 41 foot sailboat for three full days with the exception of camping on two tiny islands. Our group consisted of 6 Americans, 4 Canadians, 4 Brits, 2 French, and 2 Poles. All in all the group was really freindly and got along really well. The crew was amazing as well and extremely experienced. The first day was a little rainy but not too bad. We sailed for a few hours until we reached our first snorkeling spot and had lunch. Then, after a three hour sail in the rain we arrived at our first overnight destination and the weather cleared up immediately. The first island, known as Rondevouz Caye was about the size of a football field and covered in white sand. We camped on the island and the stars were the brightest I have ever seen. The next day we did a long sail with a couple short stops along the way. We went fishing for dinner and caught a couple big barracuda which were delicious. During one of the snorkling stops we watch one of the crewman catch a lobster and a snapper with two amazing spear gun shots. Needless to say those ended up on our dinner plates too. We arrived at the second island called tobacco caye which was larger than the first island and inhabited by a few locals. We got there in time to take a small boat out and do a sunset  dive which was completely unexpected. We camped the second night and sailed all day yesterday until we arrived at Placencia in southern Belize at about 5pm. The water was crystal clear and calm the entire trip...we had great sailing conditions. We met a lot of cool people including Canadian couple and two Americans, Evan and Tad, who I might travel with for the next few days after Erick leaves to go back to Mexico. The plan now is to stay in Placencia today and leave tomorrow. Placencia is an extremely laid back costal town with nice beaches and nice people. We were able to find a pretty decent place to stay but apparently the huge scorpian we found in our bathroom thought it was nice too. He looked really happy before Ericks shoe came crashing down on him. After Placencia I will be heading west for a day of adventure in the caves of western Belize before crossing the border into Guatemala. I'll be there for about a week before I fly to Costa Rica to meet up with Dave Smiles. Ive met a lot of travellers who have come from Guatemala and all have raved about it. Should be and adventure. Hopefully the pictures will give a better description on our sailing trip than my words could.  
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