Once we finally departed Grenada, the wind was about 14 knots and the seas were very gentle. It was a fairly slow ride but nobody was complaining as we all know a slow ride is better than a brutal one.
Arrived in the afternoon the next day in Los Testigos, a group of about 6 small islands with a few villages and a Venezuellan Coast Guard station. We checked in with the La Guardia Costa and spent a few days snorkeling the reefs, climbing the hill to the lighthouse and checking out the sand dunes.
It is a pretty cool place and one of those places that once you are there you want to stay, but we were not actually checked in to Venezuella and therefore not allowed to spend too much time there. My next destination was Blanquilla 90nm west. I was told it is a stunning and intriguing place to go, but alas I may never know because I was voted down on my plans by Sunny and Kieth. Sunny wanted to do some shopping and Kieth had a friend on Margarita Island.
We took off from Margarita and made our way to the west end of the island. Just as we rounded the cape our steering once again came undone. This time it was my fault. I made a poor job of the Nicropress.
Fortunately we were able to piece it back together and Sunny and Kieth went to shore and found a guy who drove them all over the place to find some cable clamps. Very nice of them and it goes to show that one should not judge a country by it's government but by it's people. As a side note we were also warned time and time again not to cruise this area because of crime and government interference. I've never been much of a listener and Sunny less so. Thankfully we did make the trip and also we were fortunate not to have any problems some cruisers have experienced.