in 1979 February... we left Puerto Plata just before dark and did an all nighter to arrive in Samana mid dayish...hugged the north coast of DR in the calmer trades at nighttime...with my 15 hp yanmar
and semi lightweight IOR 35 morgan
CB classic sloop
...no way I would do that in daytime trade
winds to windward....very doable at night...no casinos, no marinas
, no touristas in P.Plata then...just big giant old wooden docks...very raw back then...but we loved it...Luperon was nothing at all for sailors at the time...the big thing in P Plata was to tour the rum
factory...hahahah...Samana was a complete backwater.. Lovely....we stayed at the old town concrete seawall...the only sailboat tied up..a few were anchor'd out......we awoke at 7 am to 15 or so 4-8 yr old cute kids
...just wide eyed and ogling our baby blue deck
...when we left after 1 week to cross the mona passage (gulp)...it was flat calm and sunny , early a.m...we were motoring east out of big Samana bay ..suddenly a huge humpback whale,... 50 foot long, shot straight up out of the crystal clear blue water
...about 50 yards off our bow...jet black and snow white in the early morning light...incredible...we had watched the humpback whales breach all week from the mountain where we stayed with a newfound local friend who's great grandfather was the El Presidente,... Duarte...we slept in his beautiful big wooden treehouse atop the mountain outside of town..and ate soursop...yummmm and other natural growing fruits all over the place....awesome...
the overnight passage to Mayaguez PR was a bitch to windward against the 1 knot current
...that's why they call it the Moan a passage...