Sunday, March 23, 2014

To Turn Back or Not toTurn Back

Now that we have made it all the way to Puerto Rico, we find ourselves in a bit of a pickle. 

We have finally finished the "hard part" of the journey, sailing wise (long and rough passages) after here it's all little passages between all the beautiful islands (virgin islands etc). But now is also unfortunately the time when we need to turn back...

John needs to be back in Montreal for July 1st or else his health care is void for the rest of the year. I'm pretty sure my health care is probably already void since I've been out of Manitoba for quite some time, so this is less of a problem for me (also, I'm young and health, while John just turned 35! Just kidding!). And he can't just fly back for a couple days and then come back to the boat to continue, because he can only be gone a total of 6 months in a calendar year-not 6 consecutive months unfortunately.

So we have this deadline we need to follow, and its never good to have a deadline on a boat. So our options are these:
Turn back around immediately and go back the way we came
Go entirely around Puerto Rico and see more of the country, including the capital San Juan
Keep going south, all the way to Grenada or Trinidad, and put the boat on land and fly back to Montreal before July 1st

Number 3 is my personal favourite. We are so close to the US Virgin Islands, it seems like such a waste to make it through all our long and rough passages, not to go further. This is the reason that people suffer through coming down here, because then you're in paradise, and all the islands are right next door to each other, and we would get to see so much more. Also, there are tons of people going down that way, while we have yet to find someone going up our way, so we wouldn't be travelling alone if we kept going, but we would if we turned around. Also the US Virgin Islands are about 30 miles away, while the Dominican Republic is over 200.

So what is the issue with this near perfect plan C? That once we made it to Trinidad, put the boat on land and flew back-then the boat would be in Trinidad, and we would be back in Montreal, starting school or work (aka real life), and then would have to figure a way to get the boat back to Montreal at some point, or leave her there. Which is doable, if we we able to leave at the end of spring/beginning of summer for a while to bring her back, but we don't know where we will be in our lives, so this gets a bit more complicates.

I think that we will most likely end up just going around the island of Puerto Rico before heading back the way we came, but I'm still going to do my best to convince John to go with plan C!