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The Journey Begins
Guadeloupe - Deshaies
03/23/2012

After five days in Dominica we made our way up to the north end of Guadeloupe. We arrived in Deshaies after a seven and half hour sail. We experienced some crazy winds along the way, but were ready for them this time. The anchorage had 35 knot winds blowing through the valley, which made anchoring a little tricky. We went ashore to check into customs and tour the village. When we arrived we found out that it was a holiday so most of the shops and other businesses were closed. It was really a charming looking town; we hope to make it back on our next visit. After having dinner on the boat, we were getting ready to head to bed when I noticed that our anchor had dragged. So in the dark, we picked up anchor and reset it a little further forwards. We turned on the anchor alarm and I took the first anchor watch, as we did not want to get woken-up by crashing into the boats behind us. Two hours passed and we had not moved, so at 1:00 am I decided to crawl into bed, with the timer set to wake me up in one hour. Marc and I took turns getting up throughout the night to make sure that we were not dragging a second time. The anchor held this time, but neither of us had a good night's sleep.

2012-03 March
Dominica - Back in Paradise!
03/23/2012

The next day we left at 4:00 am and sailed from Martinique to Portsmouth, Dominica. When we were sailing on the leeward side of Dominica there was no wind so we turned on the iron sails. Marc decided to lay down for a rest. I was watching the horizon, it was so calm the water was like glass similar to what you would see in a lake back home. Then out of the water I spotted a whale on the port side of the boat. I called Marc, but the whale did not surface again, he was heading in the opposite direction, so we did not get another look at him. After nine hours we were back in our favorite spot, almost anchored in the exact location as our last visit. Once again we met some amazing people and ran into some old friends from Montreal. We met Sid from New Zealand who was sailing single handed and Virginia from France who was sailing single handed as well. It amazes me when people venture off on their own on the open water. We spent our days swimming, visiting with new friends enjoying rum punch and hummus. Sid is a chef and treated us to an amazing dinner one night aboard his boat - Thanks Sid!! It is wonderful going back to places that we have already visited, it just feels like home.

2012-03 March
Heading North to St. Pierre
03/23/2012

It was time for us to start heading north, our final destination = St. Kitts. We revised our plan to store the boat in St. Kitts instead of Grenada for the summer. We were sailing along the coast of Martinique when we heard a Mayday call on the radio. A 25 foot fishing boat had capsized with six people aboard. We saw alot of boats in one area, doing what looked like a search pattern, so decided to head off course and go and help their efforts. We found the capsized boat along the way, but could not spot any people in the water. We were too far away from any of the boats to speak directly with them so Marc called on the radio, but no-one answered. The boats started leaving the area, so we followed suit, hoping that they had found the six fisherman. After a short sail we arrived safely in St. Pierre, dropped anchor and enjoyed the solar halo around the sun (sundog).

2012-03 March
Our last goodbye
03/23/2012

It was time for us to say goodbye to our last guests for the season - the two weeks went by so quickly. Our new crew mates were quick learners and such a big help on the boat, they would be greatly missed. Marc's back was feeling better after his two week rest. Thanks for the great times and all your help on the boat Eddie and Nicole!! I know that you are missing the glimpses of the moonlight that come through the hatches...

2012-03 March
Everything including the kitchen sink!
03/23/2012

We spent some time hiking the nearby village, went to the Brazilian BBQ and took the ferry across the bay to Fort de France. Fort de France is the largest and liveliest city in the Windwards. The shoreline is covered with high rises. It is great place for restaurants, shops and people watching. We visited the local marine shop and found a treasure - a kitchen sink for the boat!! One of our sinks has a crack and we have been searching all the islands for months for one - we hit the jackpot today! This means another boat project for Marc, and no more water in the cupboards under the sink for me - Hurray!!

2012-03 March
03/23/2012 | ConchyJoe
Go figure, a round sink for a French boat, and it is located in a French island! I would hang on to that luck and buy a spare round deck hatch while there!
03/29/2012 | George & Sonia
WOW,,, time has gone by but can't wait to see you both. P.S. Marc love the long hair.LOL
04/08/2012 | Nathalie
I'm sure Marc's new 'do would make Matthew proud. ;-) besides, I kind of like it! :) Happy Easter kids! Big hugs!
Martinique - Anse Mitan
03/23/2012

I am back on schedule and figured out for today. Our plan was to sail to Trois llets. However when we turned the corner into the Fort de France Bay the wind picked up to 30 knots on our nose. And then to top it off we lost the use of our port engine. We attempted to motor up the coast with one engine, but were not covering much ground, and the winds were fluky. We dropped the main sail hoping this might help, but instead we lost all forward speed and were going backwards. We raised the sail and tacked our way into Anse Mitan. After four hours on water the captain was ready for a nap! Another great day at sea!!

2012-03 March
TOO MUCH RUM!!
03/23/2012

OK Ok OK, I have either had too much rum punch or have just been away from the real world for too long!! I am mixing up locations and events, my attention to detail is slipping. On a positive note - I still know who my husband is, he is just a little more scruffy these days. Every time we video Skype back home we hear a scream in the background when they see Marc on the computer. The bad Brazilian experience was actually in our next destination Anse Mitan, not St. Anne!! St. Anne had an amazing long stretch of beach - we spent a few days enjoying the white sandy beach, reading and people watching.

2012-03 March
Unplanned Man-Over-Board Drill
03/23/2012

Along the way we planned to sail between the mainland and Diamond Rock. As we approached the passage the wind picked up then changed direction and one of our cockpit cushions blew overboard. We pulled in the genoa and proceeded to circle back for our unplanned man-over-board drill to rescue the cushion. Our first pass was unsuccessful; the current was pushing the cushion away from the boat. The second pass failed as well. The third pass we were a little smarter and closer, but the cushion was getting saturated and was too heavy for me to lift out of the water. Ed and I changed places and finally Ed was able to recover our lost cushion from the sea. We must have been some good entertainment for a passing yacht - going around and around in circles. Can you spot our blue cushion in the water?

2012-03 March
On the move again!
03/23/2012

We had seen all there was so see in St. Anne so put up the sails and headed north. Our destination was Les Trois-Ilet. It was a beautiful day for a sail, both Ed and Nic were getting used to the boat and ready for our new adventure. Nic was wearing a seasickness patch behind her ear and life was good! She even made Ed a rum punch for the trip!!

2012-03 March
Martinique - St. Anne
03/23/2012

Our Brazilian experience - The Caipirinha's had the wrong color and were disappointing, the food was ok; but the service was terrible. One thing we have realized while sailing is that it is nice to go ashore for dinner for a change, but dinner is always more tasty on the boat. In the Caribbean we have been getting used to the laid back lifestyle and all that comes with that - you are forced not to be in a hurry.

2012-03 March

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