I took the helm with Simon, and it was eerie not being able to see anything in front of us. To the port side, I saw a city and asked him if it was Caye Caulker or San Pedro. "Belize City", he replied. Duh...I really was sleepy. Obviously we weren't far enough along for either of the Cayes.
The sunrise was as dramatically beautiful as I'd hoped thanks to the low cloud banks, so I was sure I had nabbed the best watch time. Only Simon and I got to witness this amazing sequence.
Barry had thought he might get up with me, but he didn't quite make it. He did finally stagger out of bed around 6 am or so and grabbed a couple of photos of Simon and me at the helm.
After we checked in, Simon and Clive had to accompany the customs officers onto s/v Hope for customs inspection, so they headed out in the dinghy. This is where they verify that you don't have any prohibited items onboard, like Mexican beer (sob). They also checked the duty-free quantity of rum that we had declared. We had to leave all our bags and luggage aboard for this inspection.