Yesterday, we visited, believe it or not, Gilligan’s Island! No, not the one from the TV show. That island was a fake one located in a TV studio. In fact, the “lagoon” was drained during the off-season for a parking lot. But, the isle we visited is a “real” Gilligan’s Island. At least, it’s called that by the locals. It’s real name is either Caña Gorda or Cayo Aurora (names change around here). “Cayo Aurora” comes from the name of a woman (Aurora) who escaped from misery and mistreatment on a nearby farm at age 40. She swam to the island and set up a Robinson Crusoe type existence for many years. Later, locals who used the island for pig roasts began calling it Gilligan’s Island after the TV show. It looked like the one on TV, and one of the fisherman resembled Bob Denver, who played Gilligan.
So, mid-morning, we raised our anchor and travelled the 3.8 nautical miles from Guánica Harbor to the well-protected anchorage between Gilligan’s island and the mainland. After a quick lunch, we took Dalí over to the island. Seeing how it was Saturday, the island was quite busy with Puerto Rican families. A boat ran back and forth from the mainland shuttling beach-goers to and fro. The water was beautifully clear, especially for Puerto Rico. And, the lagoon did have that Gilligan’s Island feel. We enjoyed playing in the water for awhile and then returned to Beatitude.
Before getting too settled, I hopped back in the dinghy while Cindy pulled me around Beatitude with the painter (the line attached to the front of the dinghy) so that I could wash the tannin mustache off our hulls. It was still there from our journey back down the U.S. east coast.
This morning we motored out from behind Gilligan’s Island and out through the reef shortly after 6 a.m. It was a quick pleasant passage of seventeen nautical miles to the east in ocean swells of mostly 2-3 feet. Shortly after 9, we tied our lines to our T-head at Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club. We’ll spend a few days in Ponce, tied to the dock. It’s actually cheaper to stay here a full week than to pay for three days, so we’ll not be in too big of a rush to leave. We’ll do some exploring and deal with a few boat issues, if possible.